Editorial: Reflector Confessors
We believe in what MRU Confessions ideally stands for.
I know that’s not what you expected out of this editorial, but there you have it.
We believe in MRU Confessions because of their staunch belief in personal liberty above all else – a conviction that is becoming rare in a culture that is becoming more and more predicated on the daily routines of pop-culture sensations.
You all probably know the story now. You may even be reading this newspaper now because you want to see what the Reflector will do following our editorial on the condoms created by the administrators of confessions.
As previously stated, we stand by our assertion that the slogan “Anonymously Get Inside”, can be interpreted as supportive of rape culture on campus but we would like to point out that we were never in a witch hunt to shame the admins, or for the site to be shut down.
What we were enthused to see was the intense debate that ensued between students following our last publication. Despite some commenters relying on personal attacks and vitriolic statements, most of the dialogue was respectful and allowed students to engage with each other over a subject that effects every single university campus.
We don’t expect everyone to agree with everything we publish, nor do we believe that the admins feel they are always right, but we would like to thank students who engaged in a proper dialogue, and chose not to use personal attacks in a very serious discussion.
We would like to continue a culture of open dialogue at Mount Royal — as our role as campus paper suggests. We, like MRU Confessions, believe that freedom of speech and by extension, freedom of the press, is key to a functioning democratic society.
Our last editorial suggested that, while we may have the right to say something — it might not be in the best interest of the public or even hurtful to do so.
Where do you draw the line with speech freedoms? What role does the press play in representing opinions? Should people be allowed to spout offensive statements when they feel their perspectives are being attacked?
We at the ‘flec don’t have the complete answer to all these questions and encourage our readers, MRU students, MRU confessors and MRU Confession admins to help us out.
Keep on confessing, keep on writing for us, keep commenting on thereflector.ca. Keep liking us. Keep hating us. Keep engaging with other students on campus who have different perspectives than you.
Maybe we can sort it out together. Debate series?