5. Free speech banned: More Orwellian tactics at DePaul University

Conservative speaker Ben Shapiro was invited to the DePaul campus by its Young Americans for Freedom chapter only to be stonewalled by Vice President Bob Janis who announced, “Given the experiences and security concerns that some other schools have had with Ben Shapiro speaking on their campuses, DePaul cannot agree to allow him to speak on our campus at this time.”

So, because Shapiro’s previous speeches were taken over by protesters who purposely blocked exits and prevented people from attending the event, Janis is kowtowing and silencing the First Amendment rights of its students and guest speakers.

“They can’t keep their own students from assaulting people, so, therefore, they can’t bring in speakers who disagree with the students,” Shapiro said in response on The Kelly File.

“If this is how things are going to be from now on, free speech doesn’t exist because it really creates an incentive for people to get violent at protests and get violent when speakers come to make sure the people they disagree with don’t get to show up on campus anymore,” he added.

Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos tried to give a speech at DePaul in 2016 but was shut down by Black Lives Matter protesters. They stormed the stage because they didn’t like what they heard and one of them, a female, took a swing at Milo. Remember, love trumps hate, right?

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

One Response

  1. Tricia Anthone

    Alumni of these institutions need to deliver the message by withholding donations. I would guess that some of the absurdities provoked by Title IX can be clarified by “guidance letters” from the Admin undoing the “guidance” offered by Obama’s admin. But the most effective message will come from Parents electing not to send kids to these schools and alumni electing not to support them while they remain bastions of fascist leftism.


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