In recent months, several conservative speakers have been met with disruptive, sometimes violent protests when invited to speak at universities with liberal-leaning student bodies.
Now fires blaze across the university when a controversial speaker is set to appear on campus or a controversial viewpoint is expressed. "The University's actions violate fundamental principles of free speech, equal protection, and due process guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and will not be tolerated", wrote Harmeet K. Dhillon from Dhillon Law Group Inc., which is representing Young America's Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR). "But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students".
The University of California at Berkeley yesterday reversed its decision to cancel a talk by right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, offering a new date and venue for the event.
UC Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, has stabbed free speech in the back once again.
A university spokesman said the school has not been in direct contact with Coulter but conveyed its concerns with the student group that invited her. "I'm definitely speaking next Thursday at Berkeley", Coulter promised on Fox News Wednesday night after a politically neutral campus group invited her to Cal. Bridge USA formed after the Milo Yiannopoulos riots.
Good on Ann! Earlier the UC-Berkeley administration canceled a planned February 1 speech by conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos after a violent campus riot by leftists that local police seemed to do little to stop. She believes Coulter's rhetoric targets marginalized communities, including African-Americans, Latinos and LGBT students, who have the right to feel safe on their own campus.
Coulter advised Attorney General Jeff Session to look into the matter, since she was "unconstitutionally banned" from speaking.
The planned Ann Coulter speech was a collaboration between YAF, the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, formerly known as BridgeCal.
On Wednesday, the university abruptly canceled the speech over safety concerns on a campus that has seen violent clashes between right- and left-wing protesters.
She said she will be showing up on campus on Thursday, despite the cancellation.
The Washington Post quoted Coulter as saying that the university had tried to pressure her to cancel her speech by "imposing ridiculous demands" and that she had agreed to all their "silly" requirements. He stated that the school fully supports the First Amendment and are going to make "a concerted effort to explain the reasons behind this".
Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".