Earlier this year Harvard law graduate and conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro was banned by DePaul University officials from speaking on campus due to "security concerns." In other words, liberal students couldn't control themselves after feeling offended and therefore, an exchange of diverse ideas did not occur. He was originally invited by Young Americans for Freedom and the event was sponsored by Young America's Foundation.
As a reminder:
Last week, DePaul University informed the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom chapter (of which I am Vice Chairman) that they plan to partake in this attack. DePaul University has banned conservative commentator Ben Shapiro from appearing on campus. Mr. Shapiro’s strong defense of the Constitution and conservative values is apparently too much for the University and its students to handle.
Bob Janis, Vice President of Facilities Operations at DePaul, in an email to the DePaul YAF chapter’s executive board, said, "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.”
Frankly, this is an embarrassment for DePaul.
Determined, Shapiro showed up to campus yesterday prepared to give a speech about free speech. He was stopped at the campus line and told he would be arrested if he proceeded onto the property.
Liberal campus tolerance at its best. Maybe if Shapiro were an illegal immigrant, he could claim DePaul as a safe space.
I'll leave you with this:
Facts don't care about your feelings.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 5, 2016