The War on Thought Error at Queen’s University

Another tale of PC gone amok
Queen’s new ‘dialogue’ monitors

To the students of Queen’s University,

Our school has, in recent years, been infiltrated by subversives who would pollute this academic environment with their improper thinking, “free speech”, and conversations behind closed doors.

The rogue agents who threaten our society must be brought to justice for their crimes. We must be ever vigilant in this war of ideologies. We must smoke out thought offenders wherever they dwell, unleash a campaign of shock and awe on their reputations and commence an operation of enduring freedom against their freedom to offend.

Queen’s has a reputation as a modern liberal university. The evil-doers have perverted the liberal faith to their own ends calling their followers to fight under a banner of free-speech. Queen’s is at risk of descending into sectarian violence as the so-called freedom fighters terrorize the feelings and post-modern sensibilities of the student body. Queen’s should ‘liberated’ rather than ‘liberal’ and when the thought insurgents are defeated, students will greet us as liberators.

For the errorists that offend us and those who ought to find offense, we have left their reputations in utter ruin, made them know that they shall find no safe quarter and have questioned their freedom from imprisonment. Some have condemned this campaign as a “disproportionate response”, however, let there be no doubt, in a post-9/11 world where the self-esteem of the marginalized victims of the neo-conservative heteronommative colonial imperialists were attacked under a clear-blue sky on a Tuesday morning, we must be ever-vigilant. Either you are with us, or you are with the thought errorists.

What to do with the subversives who disrupt our order? Thought errorists with potential information as to the locations and activities of other speech insurgents will be subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Their leaders will be put into a number of stress positions which include calling for resignations in the Queen’s Journal, debasing their names online and most importantly, forcing the abandonment of their neo-liberal views followed by full reprogramming (please vote “yes” in the upcoming referendum on the proposed thought errorist re-education mandatory student fee).

Appeasers of liberal fundamentalists will readily point out that some errorists have recognized their mistakes and have apologized. However, if they (or anyone) has the ability to offend again, the emotional freedoms of we the drum-circling, pachouilli-burning, self-loathing truth-speakers are at risk. I call for all Queen’s students to rise up against the errorist threat, whether you are a victim of American hegemony, an empathetically marginalized philosophy major or if you simply harbour guilt that your father is the vice-president of TD bank and is paying your tuition. Together, we can turn Queen’s from a place where a diversity of ideas are debated to an institution where the lives of those whose thoughts do not conform to our standard are destroyed.

We stand united against thought error, indeed against those that are an affront to the collective single-mindedness of the student body. Though they have infiltrated our governments at many levels, their thought crimes are not representative of the student body. All students must stand against these abominations to the new world social order. When the Society of Graduate and Professional Students unilaterally spoke with one voice against Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, they did so bravely standing against a majority of thought errorists in the graduate student population. The SGPS did not speak for all students, but they spoke against the errorists and we salute their tough stand. We are heartened to see the counter-errorist troops in the SGPS fighting to gain a thought foothold among graduate students. Once they do, proper thinking will spread like wildfire to all students in all nations. Agents from the elite dialogue facilitation division have been deployed to correct thought among those who still harbour errorist sympathies. Room 101 of the John Deutsch University Centre has been allocated for dialogue readjustment.

It is the hour of our calling, and for those that hear it, they will stand to serve in defence of all that is just and right by our collective voice. We must stand against the evil of offense wherever it shows its face and stand ready to uproot it wherever the seeds of thought error are sown.

May the non-denominational post-deistic spirit of the Queen’s collective bless you all.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

  • Bryan Cowell

    I appreciated this post Stephen. Doesn't it just fill your heart with pride that you went to Queen's University?

  • Liz J

    Hear ye, hear ye, no one must be offended! So how come so many are offended by this putsch?

    The very idea that even a thought can be judged an error can't be reality, we must have crossed over into another realm . Scary stuff indeed. Did anyone see it coming or was it a Leftist creep?

  • Mike

    I can remember my university days. My rez friends and I would have “assassin” water pistol fights on campus. We would each have someone that we had to assassinate and someone had to assassinate me. The only place out of bounds were the classrooms. Thankfully, the thought police weren’t around at the time.

    I also remember having a deep conversation with two of my friends in the residence. I was spewing racist thoughts left, right, and centre. I used the N word. I used other derogatory expressions. Thankfully, the thought-police didn’t come around to give us a sensitivity lecture. We were reading an Oprah transcript when she had some KKK-type racists on her show. I read all the racists’ lines while my first friend had all the anti-racists’ lines. My third friend played the part of Oprah and read her lines. We were actually good at it.

    I do expect good behaviour from people who are around me. I do expect people not to swear when there are children around. I have no problem telling people, particularly my friends, to watch their language if they are in a public place with children around. I do find it a problem if there are official-eavesdroppers walking by waiting to pounce on people’s expressions. I would hate to have some unknown individual correct me if I do not use he/she or Season’s Greetings. God forbid if I use “blind” instead of “person with a visual disability.”

  • aek

    I've always regarded Queens as a respectable and distinguished learning institute, but this news takes my opinion down a few notches.

    Students, community and Canadians in general should rightly feel insulted and outraged by this asinine policy.

    Queens should stick to the basics of quality education, and drop the unethical nanny-ism and thought-policing.

  • http://blog.ederek.net dbo789

    I thought one of the goals of universities and higher education institutions was to encourage individual thought, and to encourage students to examine complex controversial thoughts and come to a conclusion of their own. So in that light, how can Queen's justify this 'thought police' who tell people their views are wrong? And not just that, but intervene in a private conversation to do so?

  • Liz J

    A good read in today's National Post: “Dalton McGuinty's Singapore of the North” by George Jonas. It all ties in. He writes: “At Queen's University in Kingston they expect students and faculty to roll over when monitors, called “facilitators”, butt into private conversations they deem politically incorrect. Authorities couldn't expect this in China since the demise of Mao's Red Guards”.

    We need to find out exactly who the Mao wannabe is who instigated this outrageous idea in this democracy and what that individual hopes to accomplish. If that's the sort of people Queen's is hiring they're heading down a slippery slope. We can't sit back and let this happen. Someone has to answer for this, this is Canada for God's sake, we have freedom of speech and hopefully thought.

  • http://www.xanga.com/dcuk Dennis Crawford

    Wow. I was going to add something to this discussion, but I could not put my thoughts any more succinctly than dbo789 already has . . . Thanks man, that is golden.

  • http://markpetersen.wordpress.com Mark Petersen

    My son is in grade 12 and we are evaluating universities to send him to next year. It will not been Queen's University in Kingston.

  • karol

    Stephen,
    Dalton McGuinty Premier of Ontario Socialist Republic needs a new speech writer.
    I think that you are perfect match for that job.

  • Jon

    Mark,

    Please do not deprive your son of the best undergraduate experience in Canada. Queen's made the mistake of talking about their thought censorship, but you would have to be naive to believe that it wasn't happening before. Universities have long been a place for the blunt application of ideology by fascism. In the early 90s one could be expelled for making jokes about the outrageous 2nd wave feminism of the Women's Studies department.

    If your son is intelligent enough to get into Queen's he will be intelligent enough to see through the PC Stasi.

  • Observant

    Wrongthought: Anal sex is an abomination.
    Rightthought: Anal sex is enjoyable.

    Wrongthought: Aboriginals are savages.
    Rightthought: Aboriginals are nature’s children.

    Wrongthought: Liberals are crooks.
    Rightthought: Conservatives are liars.

    Welcome to university Canada ………

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I'm always in awe as to the self-importance of those in the education system at all levels in Canada and how often they take the liberty of imposing their own will and values on the student population. In leftist Toronto students are taught at an early age to source only from repulable newspapers like the Toronto Star and ignore those silly papers like the Post and the Sun.

    The administration at Queen's University , Wilfrid Laurier and York University seem to have all taken these principles to new heights in recent years, however.

    In my view this is fine if a privately funded and run organization of like minded, all knowing academic types wishes to make decisions and impose their will on the student population (who obliges).

    But, if they do this in a publicly funded school, they should have their funding pulled.

  • Liz J

    Agree with you Jon. They do have to be called on it and made an example of though.

    Top Editorial in National Post today on it, “Thought Control at Queen's” so it's not going away as a one day story.

  • Jordan Enns

    Once again, Queen's makes a point of going too far in the race to be the most “progressive” university. These monitors will be the school's own version of Canada's Human Rights Tribunal and the farce that has followed its inception.

  • Liz J

    Yet another column on this radical idea at Queen's in today's Ottawa Citizen by Robert Sibley: “Beware of Secret Police on Campus”.

    It's a tragedy in the making for any University in a democracy . It's flirting with the radical Leftist doctrine in the guise of social justice.

    Sibley quotes Leon Craig, a political philosopher at the University of Alberta “It's an outrageous idea. That any faculty member would go along with this idea just shows you the extent to which our universities have decayed”.
    Pretty sobering words. Has Queen's started to decay? Are they going to tolerate this? Going along with something is one thing but being the instigator is quite another. He should be fired, alumni should demand it and withhold donations until he is.

    This should be considered serious business and it's gaining the attention it deserves in the press and TV media.

  • Johann

    Great post but as all things evolve – Carlton University is not running neck to neck with Queen's for the “Darwin Award”.

    Cystic Fibrosis is a WHITE MAN's DISEASE thus in order to show the ethnic and cultural diversity of Carlton – “Shinerama” ffund raising or the CFS will no longer occur.

    Guss no one checked with the CFS about who it affects. Heaven save Canadian society/us from these potential university graduates. They may all now qualify for work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

  • Liz J

    Yet another column on this radical idea at Queen's in today's Ottawa Citizen by Robert Sibley: “Beware of Secret Police on Campus”.

    It's a tragedy in the making for any University in a democracy . It's flirting with the radical Leftist doctrine in the guise of social justice.

    Sibley quotes Leon Craig, a political philosopher at the University of Alberta “It's an outrageous idea. That any faculty member would go along with this idea just shows you the extent to which our universities have decayed”.
    Pretty sobering words. Has Queen's started to decay? Are they going to tolerate this? Going along with something is one thing but being the instigator is quite another. He should be fired, alumni should demand it and withhold donations until he is.

    This should be considered serious business and it's gaining the attention it deserves in the press and TV media.

  • Johann

    Great post but as all things evolve – Carlton University is not running neck to neck with Queen's for the “Darwin Award”.

    Cystic Fibrosis is a WHITE MAN's DISEASE thus in order to show the ethnic and cultural diversity of Carlton – “Shinerama” ffund raising or the CFS will no longer occur.

    Guss no one checked with the CFS about who it affects. Heaven save Canadian society/us from these potential university graduates. They may all now qualify for work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.