University of California, Berkeley has struck again.
This time, cancelling an upcoming lecture by Ann Coulter.
But she isn’t taking no for an answer. She’s giving the university the middle finger and going anyway.
The Young America’s Foundation, which is sponsoring and organizing the lecture along with BridgeCal and the Berkeley College Republicans, told the Washington Examiner that Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell emailed them to say the campus could not provide a “safe and suitable venue” for the speech.
He was kind enough to add that “given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues.”
This didn’t go over well with the YAF.
They released a statement calling out the university:
UC-Berkeley, a publicly-funded university, first imposed a series of ridiculous requirements on the speech allegedly in the name of “safety.” Coulter, we were informed, would be required to deliver her speech in the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event. Against our advice, Coulter agreed to all these requirements. In return, she requested two measures, which actually had something to do with safety:
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
As Coulter explained, “If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it.”
The university’s response was to ban her speech.
They also stated, “The university, and U-C chancellor Janet Napolitano personally, have revealed themselves to be using taxpayer money for an unconstitutional purpose. Even after Coulter went along with their ruses and guises to shut down her speech, they simply announced, like Kim Jung Un, that it was cancelled.”
Oh, but you will LOVE what she told The Hollywood Reporter.
This is what an American who knows and is proud of their constitutional rights says.
“Yes, it was officially banned. But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights … If that’s banned, then no conservative can speak. Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime. I’ve acceded to all their silly demands, which they thought would end it. When I said, ‘yes, yes, yes,’ they canceled anyway. No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers.”
In case you were wondering, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, spoke at Berkeley earlier this month.
It is awesome to see conservatives taking a stand. We are not the enemy.
Students need to be exposed to different view points. That’s what the world is.
The university can’t protect them forever. They are only hurting their development.
And it’s about time we do something about it.
h/t The Daily Wire