But you expected that.
The college is scared of Ann Coulter, and Howard Dean is concerned that Coulter might incite violence, despite lots of proof that it is the left which has picked up rocks ‘in the wake of the election of Donald Trump…’
Eugene Volokh points out the Former Vermont Governor doesn’t know his law.
So, no, “hate speech” is not unprotected by the First Amendment. Its punishment is not authorized by the “fighting words” doctrine. Universities may not exclude Ann Coulter based on her viewpoints on immigration or anything else. And even if they can impose viewpoint-neutral restrictions on what a speaker may say, they can’t exclude Coulter up front just because they think she’ll violate those restrictions.
Berkeley conservatives are suing the school over the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s appearance:
“Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas,” the lawsuit said, but the promise was breached “through the repressive actions of university administrators and campus police.”
They’re probably doomed to failure in the suit, as everybody knows by now that if you want a free exchange of ideas, you don’t go to Berkeley — as a student or as a conservative speaker.
I wish the Howard Dean’s of the world would just be honest: They want to muffle conservative voices, because they fear the loss of power. If he’d just say “If Ann Coulter gets her way, there will be less government, more emphasis on freedom, and dinosaurs like me will be in the dustbin of history.”
I remember when Coulter had to face pies in the face, but yet she still visited campuses…because that’s where the young mush-heads lived. Now the threats are far greater, and she still wants to speak up.
By the way, regular readers here know that I don’t hate. Except that I hate hate. I don’t support fascism from the right, and won’t tolerate it from the left, either. The temper tantrum from the left is dangerous and juvenile.
I will support speech your free speech as long as you do not incite violence.
Violent leftist goons do not have the right to shut down free speech. Nobody does. Not here.