Conservative UC Berkeley students sue in order to let Ann Coulter’s speech take place
Fourth Estate Staff
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – The University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) cancelled the speech of conservative commentator Ann Coulter over security concerns and now the organizations that organized the event sued the school in order to let the speech take place as planned.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in San Francisco. The groups were identified as Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation. In the lawsuit, they said, “Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas.”
They scheduled the event on Thursday, April 27. UC Berkeley Chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, defended the decision of the school officials to cancel the event and said that police received specific intelligence that there is threat and danger to Coulter’s life if the event pushes through.
School officials wanted to reschedule the talk on May 2 but Coulter did not agree. Although UC Berkeley officials said May 2 is appropriate and protectable, Coulter took to Twitter to say that there are no classes at the week of May 2 since this is the Dead Week known as the time when students study for their finals.
She also said that they already spent money for the April 27 scheduled speech. She shared with “Hannity” on Thursday, “You cannot impose arbitrary and harassing restrictions on the exercise of a constitutional right. None of this has to do with security.”
Aside from Coulter, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont defended the conservative commentator’s right to speak without disruption or intimidation. Sanders said he does not like the fact that other seek to prevent controversial speakers from expressing their thoughts on college campuses. Sanders said the people who blocked the speech show intellectual weakness.
Sanders continued to say students who requested for the cancellation should have come up with difficult questions that would have challenged Coulter. Booing a person or shutting down events should not be the last resort.
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