Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Lecture, But She's Coming Anyway

"If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it."

Bestselling author and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter scheduled for an April 27 speaking engagement at the University of California, Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement decades ago and now the home of the Totalitarian Anti-Speech Movement, but the event has been canceled due to security concerns. That's not stopping Coulter, however, who intends to proceed with the event anyway, according to The Washington Examiner.

Coulter has traveled the campus lecture circuit for years, often through the sponsorship and invitation of the Young America's Foundation (YAF), a national conservative organization. YAF told the Washington Examiner Wednesday that Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell emailed the organizers to announce that his staff was unable to find a "safe and suitable venue" for the speech.

"Given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues," the email read.

That's because conservative speakers invited to speak at UC Berkeley are considered the enemy of social justice, and therefore violence and vandalism to prevent their appearance are an appropriate response. Since neither the Berkeley administration nor police will lift a finger to prevent or punish such thuggery, Ms. Coulter's safety cannot be guaranteed.

In a statement to the press, YAF explained that the school had imposed a series of ridiculous requirements on Ms. Coulter's speech "allegedly in the name of 'safety'": her speech would be scheduled for the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the location would be announced only just before the event.

Coulter actually agreed to these requirements, but requested two stipulations in return, as YAF noted:

1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and

2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled. As Coulter explained, "If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it." The university's response was to ban her speech.

YAF also noted in the statement that "The university, and U-C chancellor Janet Napolitano personally, have revealed themselves to be using taxpayer money for an unconstitutional purpose. Even after Coulter went along with their ruses and guises to shut down her speech, they simply announced, like Kim Jung Un, that it was cancelled."

That's the totalitarian way. That's the progressive way.