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Letter: Already aware of genocide, thanks

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Editor, the Gauntlet,

Clubs on campus are formed by students with like-minded interests to perform services for the university community. Campus Pro-Life is a Students' Union club but neither does it serve our community nor does it represent the views of students. Firstly, if your service to the community needs to be protected by double fencing and 24 hour security, obviously the community does not want you here. Clubs are a place for students to express their ideas no matter how radical, but are the outrageous ideas shown in the Pro-Life display those of University of Calgary students? No.

I myself run a club at the U of C and we are constantly scrambling to find money to fund our events. How can a small club such as Campus Pro-Life afford massive, full colour, reinforced billboards costing hundreds of dollars? A little research finds that Campus Pro-Life's displays are created and distributed by a group called the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform based out of California. The CBR is an ultra-conservative Christian group headed by military man Gregg Cunningham. This organization trawls North American campuses for young, influential students to wash over with their fundamentalist views. The company then uses these youths to infiltrate SU clubs and force their campaign (called the Genocide Awareness Project) down the throats of students like us.

Thank you, Campus Pro-Life, for bending over and squawking the rants of an insecure male who doesn't want women to have control over their own uteruses. Thank you for wasting club resources on furthering the campaign of a group completely unrelated to the U of C. Your perversion of the principles behind student clubs are the shame of our university.

Richard Freeman

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That a so called Christian group would try to hijack the term "genocide" is digusting enough. Even worse is their denial of actual genocide such as West Papua by the business partners of Bechtel and Freeport McMoRan and similar companies. Colonization is an evil business, and Jakarta's military certainly had no right to crush the 1961 elected parliament of this Australian Pacific nation, nor did Jakarta have a right to sell a 30 year license to America to mine West Papua's gold and copper.

It is time that University students understood where the corporations who have been funding Mr Bush and the ultra-conservative movements, have been getting their money. Exxon in Aceh and Borneo is just the tip of the iceberg.

Do not mistake this for politics, it is not. Last year the US Republican majority wrote a Section into this years Foreign Relations bill HR2601 demanding answers about West Papua's suffering and Indonesia's false claim of sovereignty. It was Bechtel and its US Indonesia Society lobby which got the Senate to remove that Section of the bill for Pres. Gen. Yudhoyono and his business partners.

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