In case you missed it, Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak at Berkeley. In order to speak she was required to agree to certain limitations. She was required to speak at a place and time that would be inconvenient to students and not publicize the event until the last minute. Then, after all was in order, tickets were purchased, hotels were booked and plans were made, the University cancelled for security concerns.
My understanding is that “censorship” is prior restraint of expression by a government agency. For those who have not been paying attention, lets review Government 101 and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.Notice that the University is violating at least two of the rights guaranteed in this amendment. As far as I know the University Progressives who had made this edict are not being disciplined or confronted by the Civil Rights Commission.
A short time before the ex-president of Mexico, Vincente Fox, came to Berkeley and spoke with no problems. It would be interesting to see if he was required to sign the same agreements that Coulter was faced with.
This is chilling because it is a blatant example of how Big Government uses its monopoly on coercive power to limit free expression. Tie it together with the filters being put on the internet by Google and Facebook and we start having issues with liberty.
I would call this “abridging the freedom of speech”. I would call it an ax being put to the roots of the Tree of Liberty.
I am worried about the future of my country.
homo unius libri