Ensuring 'heckler's veto' for fear of bricks and bats
Monday, February 12, 2018
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)
A liberal college campus is allowing conservative speaker and author Ben Shapiro to speak – but is taking flack for moving the event off campus.
Shapiro is set to appear at the University of Minnesota on Feb. 26 at the invitation of the Young America's Foundation, which has brought Shapiro to campuses across the country in an ongoing battle for access to an audience.
In this latest incident, university officials have assigned a venue that is miles from campus over fears that left-wing activists could riot.
"The school is basing these decisions, as far as we know, on unsubstantiated threats that have yet to be made," complains YAF spokesman Spencer Brown.
Instead of holding the Leftists accountable for their actions, he says, the university is punishing the conservative students who are the actual victims of leftwing intolerance.
After more than 40 lectures YAF has scheduled with Shapiro, he says, not one has turned violent.
Brown also points out the University of Minnesota had no problem allowing liberal U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak on the main campus.
The general public is contacting the university to complain, Brown says, and Shapiro himself has used Twitter to point out that Minnesota's actions follow those of Northwestern University, University of Connecticut, UCLA, and Berkeley.
"It's not my fault that people on the Left promote the possibility of violence at my events," Shapiro wrote. "Potential attendees shouldn't pay the price for the heckler's veto."
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