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Allen writes: "Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she will proceed with an anti-immigration lecture next week at the University of California, Berkeley, although school officials have told organizers to cancel the event over safety concerns."

Commentator Ann Coulter speaks to the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 12, 2011. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Commentator Ann Coulter speaks to the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 12, 2011. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech; She Says She Will Do It Anyway

By Jonathan Allen, Reuters

20 April 17

 

onservative commentator Ann Coulter says she will proceed with an anti-immigration lecture next week at the University of California, Berkeley, although school officials have told organizers to cancel the event over safety concerns.

The April 27 lecture had raised the prospect of a repeat of violent protests that broke out on the Berkeley campus in February, when left-wing demonstrators successfully prevented Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing writer, from giving a speech.

"What are they going to do? Arrest me?" Coulter said in a Fox News interview late on Wednesday. "I'm definitely giving the speech."

Coulter, one of the country's best-known conservative pundits, plans to speak about her 2015 book, "¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole."

Coulter views immigration-friendly policies as part of a left-wing plot to create more Democratic voters in the long term, and her book is sharply critical of illegal immigration, particularly from Mexico.

The Young America's Foundation, one of three conservative groups organizing the lecture, castigated what it said was an attempt by a taxpayer-funded university to suppress free speech.

"This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only," Spencer Brown, a director at the foundation, wrote in an article about the episode on the foundation's website.

The university said it was trying to reschedule the event for September, and that its decision had been motivated by safety, not ideology.

"We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment," Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told the Washington Post, referring to the part of the U.S. Constitution that protects free speech. "But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students."

Berkeley is known as the birthplace of the student-led Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. As with other schools, it has had to juggle in recent months between student opposition to what some describe as "hate speech," ideological openness and student safety.

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.

Black-clad protesters set fires and smashed windows as they shut down Yiannopoulos' lecture at Berkeley in February. Republican President Donald Trump, who had taken office just days earlier, threatened to cut off funding to the school.

On Tuesday, police arrested at least three people protesting an appearance at Alabama's Auburn University by Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist.

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+11 # PeacefulGarden 2017-04-20 14:41
Wow Ann, can you get any more transparent than you already are? You have the personal development of a 9 year old.

For the sake of Ann's right to speak, Berkley should set up a row of trained riflemen, with full riot gear, they should stick her in a bullet proof glass bubble, and give her a microphone. Then the students can sit passively and listen to her moronic White Christian Militia speech. Perhaps she too should have a rifle. Then Ann will feel all cozy and self expressed!

Can I go and speak to the students at Berkley, because heck, what are they going to do, arrest me?
 
 
+21 # mashiguo 2017-04-20 16:22
Coulter may be one of the few on the planet whose narcissism can rival Trump's.
She just loves the sound of her own nastiness.

For her information, permission to enter UC Berkeley can be revoked at any time, and they can arrest her for trespassing and inciting violence, etc., etc., etc.,
I hope they do.
 
 
+12 # Wise woman 2017-04-20 20:27
Ann got the title of book wrong. The left's plan to turn the country into a hell hole? Sorry, in three short months the right has already accomplished that. Dated books don't sell well unless they have a noted intelligent author. Sorry Ann, you don't fit that description.
 
 
+9 # Saberoff 2017-04-20 23:07
Or let her speak. To the ten people who might attend.
 
 
+10 # jimallyn 2017-04-21 00:46
"What are they going to do? Arrest me?"

Yes, please.
 
 
+8 # camach 2017-04-21 06:16
This repulsive woman is a waste of peroxide.
 
 
+8 # Glen 2017-04-21 06:42
Too many anarchists interfering with free speech and too many hate mongers demanding hate speech. The "chosen ones" insist on not only stirring the pot but bringing it to a boil. Ann Coulter is the perfect example of enjoying the boil.
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2017-04-21 09:12
It's said politics make strange bedfellows, but the alliance of fiscal conservatives and evangelical Christians beggars any easy description.

People who would sink to any depth for a dime teamed up with those who say they follow the philosophy of Jesus .. wtf? (Truth be told I have a number of southern evangelical relatives, by marriage and by blood, and am always astounded by their ability to justify the most repulsive moral behavior while maintaining an air of righteousness.)

Coulter is the quintessence of conservatve cruelty and one must, at least briefly, wonder at the events and/or genetics that made her so. What an ugly world she sees, and works toward.

How do so-called Christians justify neglecting the poor, stealing from workers, fighting against tolerance, abusing 'the other'? Didn't Jesus call for the rejection of OT values? Didn't he embrace the adulterer and the Samaritan, and say the rich would not get in to heaven? How has that message become so twisted?

How do Christians keep Coulter in business, forgive Trump's ridiculing a handicapped reporter? Yikes. What a bunch. Look at the human cr@p the GOP keeps passing off -- with the help of 'christians': Reagan, W, Cheney, McConnell, DeLay, Trump .. ugh .. it's mind boggling but they just keep getting worse! Is there a limit, or at least a limit we'd be alive to observe?

Imagine how much conservative voters hate US, to buy the bs of creeps like Coulter and Limbaugh.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2017-04-22 20:50
[[Ann]] Coulter, one of the country's best-known conservative pundits, plans to speak about her 2015 book, "¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole."
Coulter views immigration-fri endly policies as part of a left-wing plot to create more Democratic voters in the long term, and her book is sharply critical of illegal immigration, particularly from Mexico.
Some things never change, except in surface details. In the nineteenth century, nativist Republican right-wingers opposed to Irish, Italian and--of course--Jewish immigration, arguing that these people would bring waves of crime, disease and "alien" religion with them and would of course become Democrats. And ironically, their political prediction became self-fulfilling : faced with hostility from the GOP, immigrants did go for the Democratic Party in droves.
 

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