Thank you, Father Dennis Dease, for clearly differentiating between a controvesial opinion that encourages debate of the issues of the day, and the hateful vile Ann Coulter spews.
Father Dease: Coulter talk tests controversial issues statement: “Perspectives differ, and as I stated earlier, to a certain extent we must leave the answer â€œto the eye of the beholder.â€? But the reports I have heard from people whose views I respect suggest that her performance went far beyond the bounds of what is commonly accepted as civil discourse. Although her presentation may have been meant as an â€œactâ€? or â€œshtickâ€? to entertain by provoking those who disagree, such behavior unfortunately contributes to the growing dark side of our culture â€” a disrespect for persons and their sincerely held beliefs. Such hateful speech vulgarizes our culture and goes against everything the University of St. Thomas stands for.”