?College Should be about Sharing Ideas not CensorshipFirst Example: Ben Shapiro Cal State LASecond Example: Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University?College Should be about Sharing Ideas not CensorshipDave Rubin is a liberal who regularly condemns the far Left for being too intolerant to allow for the free exchange of ideasCollege must be about ideas being debated not censoredAfter 14 years a high school debate coach, I know the value of debateIt is important to let people speak because, dissent cannot be stifled so it must be channeled through productive waysIn political science we call this “inputs”: people will “input” into the system one way or another. Stifling speech isn’t destroying dissent it is only forcing it through other, perhaps, non-legal channels.Conservative speakers invited to campus by conservative groups are being shouted down by activists and more, disturbingly, in some cases subject to efforts by professors and administrators to stifle them.There are a lot of examples but I’ve chosen to focus on two: Ben Shapiro at Cal State LA and Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul UniversityFirst Example: Ben Shapiro Cal State LABen is a conservative author and podcaster who has openly condemned universities for their left-wing policies. His talk was entitled “When Diversity Becomes a Problem”He was invited by the Young Americans for Freedom to speak at on campus.When word got out that he was coming, faculty and students protested his appearanceCal State LA President William Covino attempted to ban the speech, when Ben said he was coming anyway, Covino reluctantly conceded hours before Ben arrived.A mob appeared outside the venue and blocked the entrance, attendees had to sneak in through a back entrance. Someone even pulled a fire alarm during the speech.After the speech, President Covino hosted a “Healing Space” for students “traumatized”Covino spoke of trying to ban future events like thisA professor of African-American studies called Ben (an orthodox Jew) neo-Nazi, neo-KKKSecond Example: Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul UniversityMilo is an opinion journalist and podcaster who has criticized a variety of left-wing policies especially feminismHe was invited to speak by student organization, College Republicans, at DePaul University.Shortly after he started, a group of protesters stormed the stage blowing whistles, took his mic and began shouting anti-Trump slogans.When they refused to stop, some members of the audience went on stage to verbally confront them. At that point, Campus Security (Milo’s newspaper “Breitbart News” had been required to pay $1,000 for added security) announced that anyone not authorized to be on stage would be arrested. Audience members then left the stage at returned to their seats, the anti-Milo protesters remained on stage and Campus Security did nothing.After the protest, DePaul university President apologized for Milo not being allowed to speak (although he condemned Milo’s content).A school law professor published an open letter condemning the President for saying Milo should’ve been allowed to talk.At a meeting, a number of students expressed outrage that the President had defended freedom of speech. One of the protesters who disrupted Milo was in attendance and said she felt “threatened” and suggested that the campus speech code be used to exclude such speeches in the future.
Identifying radical IslamThere’s been a lot of talk about radical Islam in the wake of the Orlando shooting and yet no one seems to offering up clear criteria as to what constitutes radical IslamYou must reject Wahhabism. reject Wahhabism and other radical Islamic sectsYou must reject funding and other forms of support from Wahhabist organizations and countries that sponsor Wahhabism.You must recognize the right of Israel to exist.Radical Islam in K-12Over 30,000 American students in Islamic Day SchoolsMany day schools partially funded by Wahhabist Saudi ArabiaTextbooks distributed to students condemn the United States, the West, Christianity and JudaismA valedictorian of the Islamic Saudi Academy of Virginia is currently in prison for attempting to assassinate George W. BushRadical Islam in our CollegesMuslim Student Association in the United States was originally founded by the terrorist Muslim BrotherhoodMany former chaplains and presidents of the Muslim Student Association have gone on to become terroristsMany members of the Muslim Student Association refuse to condemn terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah
This week I follow a different format as I interview a former student of mine, Schuyler Morales. Schuyler attended both the liberal college of William and Mary University and the conservative college of Middle Georgia State University. He discuss his experiences at both and the political climate at each.
Cincinnati Zoo did the right thingPETA efforts to remove animals from schoolDissection debate?Cincinnati Zoo did the right thingCINCINNATI (WKRC) – A 17-year old gorilla, Harambe, was killed Saturday after a 4-year-old child fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.PETA efforts to remove animals from schoolNo trips to the zooPETA KIDS ANTI ZOO VIDEONo classroom petsDissection debate“Sometimes, it takes a life-changing event to spur people to action. Dr. Lee Buono, a neurosurgeon from Medford, Burlington County, was encouraged by one of his patients to thank Albert Siedlecki, the teacher who inspired him to become a neurosurgeon. In the 1980s, Mr. Siedlecki taught Dr. Buono how to dissect a frogs brain. Nearly 20 years later, Dr. Buono is saving lives. Watch their story.”