From the security preparations and the bizarre student government agenda that presaged Ben Shapiro’s September 14 speaking event at the University of California Berkeley, you would never guess that Shapiro is a mainstream, relatively uncontroversial conservative. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the school was playing host to a World War II Nazi or an Islamic terrorist.
Of course, we have a feeling an actual ISIS commander would get less pushback from the leftists at this ridiculous school.
Shapiro, who doesn’t even occupy the button-pushing, trolling atmosphere of speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, has nonetheless sent the university’s administration into a frenzy. On Thursday, the school sent out an email announcing the security measures they’re putting in place for Shapiro’s speech, and they are nothing less than extraordinary. Not saying, of course, that the school is overreacting. From the Antifa chaos that unfolded at Milo’s last speech and the threats that forced Coulter’s to cancel, we’d imagine UC Berkeley is taking exactly the right precautions.
Still, the very fact that they have to take these precautions is another sign of just how intolerable conservative speech is to these mentally-ill leftists.
“Our commitment to free speech, as well as to the law, mandates that the students who invited Shapiro be able to host their event for those who wish to hear him speak,” wrote university Provost Paul Alivisatos. “Our commitment to the principles of community mandates that all students, faculty, and staff be able to be present on campus, engaging in their regular academic activities without fear. Achieving this poses unusual challenges for us; this memo lays out the arrangements that we are putting in place.”
In the memo, the campus outlines such security precautions as shutting down the surrounding buildings and parking lots, enforcing strict procedures for entry, offering counseling services for students who JUST CAN’T EVEN, and more.
Really? Counseling services? Because there will be a conservative on campus?
But clearly the school has its finger on the pulse of the student body, because the university’s student senate tried mightily last week to pass a bill condemning Shapiro’s event as a celebration of hate speech. While the bill was defeated, many students spoke out against Shapiro, his views, and the College Republicans for inviting him.
“I hope the resolution gets voted on unanimously,” activist organizer Yvette Felarca said during the debate. “Sanctuary means protecting immigrants. I think this resolution should take stronger language.”
Yes, to these “anti-fascists,” having different views on illegal immigration, transgender trends, and other hot-button social issues basically makes you a right-wing terrorist. Which is funny, because with their intense security procedures, UC Berkeley is preparing for violence…violence that won’t come from conservatives.