Ben Shapiro is not backing down after Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington has attempted to deny him giving a speech there.
Shapiro was previously scheduled to speak at the university at a 2019 event. But now the school is changing it’s mind alleging that Shaprio’s speeches cause havoc on campus.
Judi Biggs Garbuio, who is Vice President of Student Development at Gonzaga University remarked that, “Shapiro’s appearances routinely draw protests that include extremely divisive and hateful speech and behavior, which is offensive to many people, regardless of their age, politics, or beliefs.”
However Gonzaga College Republicans President Olivia Johnston viewed Shaprio’s potential arrival as “beyond exciting,” which is why she made the request for Shapiro to visit.
“He will bring an intellectual take on conservatism that is normally so absent at Gonzaga,” Johnston said. “He is coming, now it’s a matter if the school wants to be the reason they aren’t abiding by the promises of our Jesuit education. All the details come after the approval.”
Shapiro himself had something to say about the issue, commenting on radio network KTTH-FM with his Jason Rantz.
“We can’t have me [at the school] because we don’t want the people who are yelling at me, which is a basic violation of First Amendment principles,” Shapiro said.
“Gonzaga is a private school obviously, so that changes the math a little — they can do what they want,” he offered. “But by the same token, if you are worried about your student body being exposed to interesting ideas because people are going to protest, all this does is create an incentive for people to protest and make trouble.”
“That works both ways,” Shapiro noted. “If the new rule is that they will bar anyone from coming to campus who draws protests, why wouldn’t right wingers go out and protest Angela Davis, who spoke there within the last five years — who was an honest-to-God former terrorist who was on the FBI’s most wanted list?”
“The fact that they openly say this is even more amazing,” he closed.
Rantz thought it would excellent to have Shapiro visit, “I love the fact that Ben is coming to Gonzaga,” he said. “We cannot allow hypersensitive progressive students to weaponize the heckler’s veto. Don’t like his content? Skip the speech. Or better yet: learn to accept that people have different opinions than you and take the time to understand what they think and why.”