I detest stories like this, reports of so-called “liberal intolerance.”
Actually, I am forced to acknowledge that such intolerance is real and it exists in the most unsuitable places: colleges and universities across the United States.
Ann Coulter, a fiery conservative columnist and TV pundit, was supposed to speak to students at the University of California-Berkeley. Then the school canceled her appearance, citing “security concerns.” UC-Berkeley took back the cancellation and then rescheduled Coulter for another date.
Coulter might not speak after all. She contends she has scheduling difficulties that will keep her otherwise occupied.
Students who want to hear from Coulter now are threatening to sue the school.
Good grief, folks!
All of this is a symptom of the intolerance that grips colleges and universities. There can be little doubt about that, in my view.
Coulter is provocative. That is her shtick. She likes to stir people’s emotions and she’s quite good at it. Coulter also is a darling of the conservative media in America and is no friend of liberals, many of whom run our nation’s major university systems — such as the University of California.
This kind of uproar shouldn’t exist at these institutions of higher learning. Security concerns? Are they real or imagined?
Universities should be a place where all points of view from across the broad political spectrum are welcome. Should every student, faculty member or college administrator embrace every point of view expressed? Of course not. But neither should they reject them outright because they might be, oh, politically incorrect.
All this hubbub about “security concerns” regarding Ann Coulter looks and sounds like a dodge that masks the real motivation, which is to silence a leading conservative voice.
We can argue until we all run out of breath about whether Coulter deserves the standing she enjoys among conservatives. The fact is that she is part of a political movement that isn’t to my particular liking. She still deserves to be heard.
After she speaks, then let the students and their professors argue among themselves about what she has said. Who knows? They might learn something from each other.