UC Berkeley’s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative speakers has been denied.
Nice try, Golden Bears.
A federal judge decided against the motion to dismiss the claim that University of California at Berkeley placed unique and unreasonable restrictions on speakers like Ann Coulter.
Last week in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney permitted two conservative groups to push forward with claims that the college applied its “high-profile speaker” and “major events” policies in a way that showed bias against conservative ideas.
The lawsuit was brought to court by Young Americas Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans after the University tried to reschedule the New York Times bestselling author. Coulter opted out of the event after the inconvenience became overwhelming. Due to out of control left-wing agitators allowed on campus, Berkeley had instated a new rule which required right wing guests to pay for extra security out of pocket.
UC Berkeley has maintained its only issue with the speakers are safety concerns.
UCPD explained in an email that according to a “comprehensive review of potential sites and security arrangements,” they “determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully—or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected—at any of the campus venues available on April 27th.”
Berkeley washed their hands of the situation, telling the public they were only responding to threats. Those threats were always most pronounced when people like MILO or Coulter planned to speak. Violent Marxist groups, like antiFa, made their presence felt by assaulting attendees and destroying property.
The college now passes the cost onto the speaker.
The violence at MILO’s planned event in February 2017 is what Berkeley now uses as an excuse to force conservatives to pay out of pocket for beefed up security.
This new policy is a work-around to Berkeley’s own rules. The college does not discriminate based on political point of view, but is able to disallow an event based on security reasons. It’s what is known as the heckler’s veto. Leftists are able to veto a platform for dissenting ideas by creating havoc for every speaker they don’t like; effectively pricing right-wing events out of the market due to an inflated security budget. That leaves the door open for Berkeley to claim conservatives are discriminated against through no fault of their own, while not making an effort to prevent the issues that result in violent demonstrations.
Berkeley’s argument will now need to test itself in court. In the meantime, this open loophole is remains on campus to discourage commentators on the right from making appearances.
feature image, Ann Coulter via The Hill