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Carleton University's Institutional Viewpoint Discrimination Against Pro-Life Speech

October 17, 2017

Ideological conformity has reached new heights at Carleton University in Canada.  The Carleton University Students Association has told the Carleton Lifeline student organization that its pro-life viewpoint violates the university's policy of supporting a "woman's right to choose."  So the Students Association is going to derecognize the group if it doesn't change its viewpoint.  The letter gives me chills:

From Carleton Undergraduate Students Association Vice President Internal

To Whom It May Concern:

The Carleton University Students Association finds that the following section of the Carleton Lifeline Constitution is in direct violation of the Discrimination on Campus Policy,

“3.2 Carleton Lifeline believes in the equal rights of the unborn and firmly believes that abortion is a moral and legal wrong, not a constitutional right. Therefore, Carleton lifeline shall work to promote the legal protection of the unborn and their basic human rights to life.”

We find this to be in direct violation of the following sections in the Discrimination on Campus Policy (November 27th, 1997),

“5. CUSA and CUSA Inc. respect and affirm a woman’s right to choose her options in case of pregnancy

6. CUSA further affirms that actions such as any campaign, distribution, solicitation, lobbying, effort, display, event etc. that seeks to limit or remove a woman’s right to choose her options in the case of pregnancy will not be supported. As such, no CUSA resources, space, recognition or funding will be allocated for the purpose of promoting these actions.”

By providing a constitution that breaches the above policy Carleton Lifeline fails to meet the following requirements for certification,

“4.1 Clubs and Societies are certified by the Clubs and Societies Commissioner once they have provided the following to the Clubs and Societies Office by the date set by the Clubs and Societies Commissioner:

a. A written constitution, not in contravention of the CUSA Constitution, Bylaws, or Policy Manual, embodying the aims and structure of the Club or Society,

b. A formal budget, including all projected revenues and expenditures,

c. A list of a minimum of 10 (ten) members,

d. An executive list with contact information.”

As a result, the club Carleton Lifeline cannot gain certification in that it had failed to provide a “written constitution, not in contravention of the CUSA Constitution, Bylaws, or Policy Manual.”

We invite you to amend your constitution to create one that respects our anti-discrimination policy as laid out above. If you are able to resubmit a constitution that meets our criteria by Thursday, November 18th we will be able to certify your club for this semester.


Khaldoon A. Bushnaq

Carleton University Students’ Association

This letter follows the arrest of pro-life students who displayed Genocide Awareness Project signs on campus.

It seems the "marketplace of ideas" is dead at Carleton.

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