Last week, another conservative writer’s right to free speech was oppressed.
Ann Coulter was invited to speak at the University of California, Berkeley at a debate about immigration. She was then uninvited. Originally, Coulter had said she would speak anyway, but later agreed to cancel due to sponsor issues.
Berkeley has an ongoing history of suppressing the views of conservatives on their campus.
Coulter is another victim of liberals’ active suppression of free speech, but now some groups are fighting back.
In an article by the Washington Times, in response to Berkeley’s opposition to Coulter’s visit, a free speech rally was held at MLK Park. During the rally excerpts of Coulter’s speech were read to the crowd.
In order for the rally to remain “peaceful” two groups of motorcycle enthusiasts attended. Those groups were Bikers for Trump (BFT) and Oath Keepers.
One of the speakers, Lauren Southern stated;
“They may be able to stop us from speaking on the campus, they may be able to throw punches, to spray pepper spray, throw bricks at us, but they can’t stop an idea,” Ms. Southern said. “They can’t stop the history of this nation and the determination to defend free speech and protect God-given rights.”
Coulter was originally invited to Berkeley by their student group Young Americans for Freedom. After much wrangling by Berkeley to attempt to obstruct the speech, including changing the date to a time when no students would be on campus, they then cancelled the speech. Coulter insisted she would speak anyway, despite threats of violence by the ever tolerant liberal left, and Berkeley’s own police department. However, once Young Americans for Freedom were forced to rescind their sponsorship of Coulter, she stated she would not be speaking after all.
The free speech rally was in response to censorship of Coulter by Berkeley.
The motorcycle groups attending wore their gear, reportedly mostly black, and kept it all on, including their helmets. They stood by peacefully while excerpts from the speech were read. Coulter’s speech was to present a counter view to accepting Muslim immigrants and others requiring government assistance. The Washington Times reports.
“When Trump merely proposed we stop importing people whose religion teaches them to kill us, the media called him a racist,” Mr. McInnes (co-speaker at the rally) read. “Republicans said that’s not who we are. They know us so well. There are 7 billion people in the world; we don’t have to take any of them. There’s no constitutional right for the rest of the world to move here.”
“Immigrants are showing up with a lot of needs and a lot of grievances,” he continued. “Why do we owe them? If you have grievances, go home and address the perpetrators. We owe you nothing. By my reckoning, they owe us.”
Who are these biker groups?
The mission statement of BFT includes:
“To promote and coordinate Bikers for Trump™ rallies and events nationwide and to inform voters on issues confronting America. To connect patriotic bikers with the sole purpose of electing Donald Trump President of the United States. Bikers for Trump does not endorse violence nor do we endorse confrontations with paid protesters at Trump for President appearances. Bikers for Trump believes in the first amendment of the United States and believes in the People’s peaceful right to demonstrate and protest, however we denounce protesters being paid and provided untruthful propaganda and encourage bikers from around the United States to attend Bikers for Trump rallies in a peaceful manner.”
Oath Keepers are a more controversial group. While they describe themselves as non-partisan patriots, and are composed of active and past military, first-responders, and police members, they have also been accused of being a paranoid racist group.
Oath Keepers mission includes:
“Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial.”
Given the liberal media’s bias however, it is difficult to know who to believe.
In the end, we must focus on non-violent solutions. Bikers for Trump and Oath Keepers are just the beginning.
What these groups are really doing is first organizing, and then being a peaceful presence at these groups.
During the free speech rally, with the bikers present, Antifa, another communist domestic terrorist group, were strangely silent. It seems when the little masked bullies of Antifa are threatened by people who are prepared for their antics, like all bullies, they tuck tail and run.
In response to Berkeley’s antics, the Young American for Freedom and the Berkeley College Republicans are suing the university for their opposition to Coulter’s visit.
“In effect, our free speech has been stifled because the university has decided not to assist us in making sure the event can occur successfully,” Troy Worden, president of the Berkeley College Republicans, said in a press conference Wednesday. “We aren’t going to have a dangerous event.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, who faced destructive riots for attempting to present a conservative presentation earlier this year, continues fighting back.
Yiannopoulos plans to return to Berkeley for an entire “Free Speech Week” this fall. During his event, he is threatening to “…bring an army if I have to.”
Peaceful protests and demonstrations are crucial to maintain the right for free speech for all Americans. We must not be silent and allow the bullies like ANTIFA or liberal college administrations like Berkeley decide who gets to speak and who does not.