The truth comes out—one way or another. And this time it’s hitting liberals right between the eyes.
Berkeley stated that they would be cancelling Ann Coulter’s speech out of fear of what liberal students might do. Then multiple conservative student groups on campus fought back.
Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans filed a lawsuit against the university. They accused Berkeley of “placing the rights of masked protesters above those of tuition-paying conservative students.”
Coulter and the students sponsoring her speech made other plans. They committed to hold the event in the plaza of Berkeley since the school refused to provide them with a forum.
Unfortunately, the event couldn’t withstand the pressure placed on it by radical leftist student groups. Threatened with violence, they were forced to cancel.
From The Daily Wire:
The university’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, put out a statement, explaining, “This University has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech, the other to the safety of our campus community members, their guests, and the public. In that context, we cannot ignore or deny what is a new reality.
“Groups and individuals from the extreme ends of the political spectrum have made clear their readiness and intention to utilize violent tactics in support or in protest of certain speakers at UC Berkeley…We cannot wish away or pretend that these threats do not exist.”
The university said that it would be impossible for the police department to “simply step in and stop violent confrontations,” adding “This is a University, not a battlefield.”
The university said it would not “allow our students, other members of the campus community, and the public to be needlessly endangered by permitting an event to be held in a venue that our police force does not believe to be protectable.”
The police chief, Andrew Greenwood, told the Berkeley City Council, “Intervention requires a major commitment of resources, a significant use of force, and carries with it the strong likelihood of harming those who are not committing a crime.”
So when conservatives protest liberal speakers, the Berkeley police is welcome to come keep the peace. But when liberal protesters plan to show up against conservative speakers, they cancel the event? Even when notable liberals—and the ACLU—have condemned them?
This is the truth they just revealed: liberal protesters are a violent mob, committed to endangering lives to get their way. They only have to cancel events that liberal mobs plan to disrupt.
This is almost never true of conservatives, but almost always true of liberal snowflakes.
No one said defending the first amendment was supposed to be easy. But enforcing the right to freedom of speech is the federal government’s responsibility. According to our Constitution, it is our most fundamental civil liberty. It should be a guarantee to any law-abiding American.
By bowing down to threats of violence, Berkeley is merely saying they believe in freedom of speech. But they aren’t defending it.
Berkeley is setting a dangerous new precedent. How will those with divergent thoughts will be treated in the liberal strongholds? It’s crystal clear now.
If conservatives were threatening a liberal speaker with violence, Berkeley would take every measure to ensure the liberal speaker’s safety.
But when it comes to conservative speakers like Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannapoulous, and Ben Shapiro, Berkeley isn’t willing to grant them the same protection.
Berkeley will only defend you if you think the left way, not the right way.
These are dark days indeed for freedom of speech.
Source: The Daily Wire