April 15, 2007

This diary at Daily Kos caught my eye:

Howell, Michigan - home of the Livingston County seat, the Michigan Ballonfest Challenge, the Howell Melon Festival, Cleary University, former KKK stronghold, a 95.97% white population and one of the next stops on Ann Coulter's tour of Hate and Intolerance.

Sadly, the Livingston Economic Club (LEC)has opted to pay Coulter 30K plus travel expenses to preach hate and intolerance to a crowd of 200+ at Cleary University in October. Even worse, Coulter kicks off the Cleary University Founders Week Celebration. According to the Cleary Website -

Through special programs and events, Cleary University attempts to increase it awareness to the community, our alumni, faculty, staff, and current students by highlighting achievements, activities, projects, and future goals.

We at Cleary University have a strong past and proud tradition as a specialized business university and we remain committed to the enhancement of society through the many successes of our alumni and their employers.

(emphasis added)

Despite local outrage and protest over the appearance, according to the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus, the LEC has no plans to rescind the offer.

Here's an excellent opportunity to confront those who are providing a platform for Ann Coulter's sadly common and factually-challenged hate rhetoric to see if they feel Ann Coulter speaks for them. Keep in mind, NO ONE is trying to take away Coulter's right to say anything she wants. But if the group is willing to pay her and give her a platform to speak to students, then I want to say that Ann speaks for them.

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