PUTTING ON AYERS
Oh dear. For the second time, friend-of-President Obama and possible “Audacity of Hope” ghost writer William Ayers has been blocked from entering Canada. The former Weatherman Underground founder was on his way to give the keynote speech on “world views” and media over the June 18-19 weekend, hosted by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association. But no dice.
In 2009, Mr. Ayers was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency and barred from entering the country, with “no reason given for this exclusion,” says Mark Langer, president of the hosting group, who adds that the would-be speaker has since hired lawyers to secure his passage over the border, only to be “stonewalled” by Canadian officials.
“I am disturbed by the apparent inconsistency in the enforcement of Canada’s border. In the past, we have admitted Martha Stewart, a convicted felon. Just a few weeks ago, we also let in Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician currently being prosecuted for violations of his country’s hate-speech laws,” Mr. Langer continues.
“One wonders if Ayers is being kept out of Canada for purely political reasons, something that is unacceptable in a free and democratic society,” he adds.
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