PUTTING ON AY­ERS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

Mur­murs and asides, big fat pro­nounce­ments to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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