Columbia To Cover Speaker Security Costs

PUBLISHED: 7:25 PM 2 Feb 2018

Columbia Makes Surprise Announcement, Speaker Security Costs Covered

Since conservative speakers are now more likely to need security, this is a big win for the students.

Just recently, Columbia University in New York City announced that they will cover the security costs for controversial speaking events (pictured above).

The authoritarian left actively tries to censor the ideas of people they disagree with on college campuses. One of the ways they do so is by requiring conservative student groups to pay expensive security costs when they invite someone to speak.

Fortunately, though, some universities are starting to stand up for free speech and push back against their attempt to censor people.

Earlier this week, for example, officials at Columbia University in New York City released a statement promising to cover the security costs for controversial speaking events instead of forcing the students or speakers to do so.

Specifically, they stated, “beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, for those events sponsored by recognized undergraduate student groups that the University Event Review determines to require the presence of university delegates, security costs and security-related facilities costs for the events will not be charged to student activities fees, but instead these costs will be fully covered by the University.”

Unsurprisingly, the school’s decision was lauded by many, including Nathan Rosin, the president of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC).

“It’s a really big win for us because those events are just a huge financial burden. [It] means that it won’t be affecting any future student programming,” celebrated Rosin.

Columbia University’s new policy comes shortly after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a “Statement of Interest” in a discrimination lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR), two conservative student groups.

The DOJ reportedly submitted the “Statement of Interest” because, according to them, they “have a significant interest in the vigilant protection of constitutional freedoms in institutions of higher learning” and “will not stand by idly” as Berkeley violates the Constitution.

“The United States respectfully submits this Statement of Interest [because]…in the United States’ view, Plaintiffs have properly pleaded those speech regulations imposed by the University of California, Berkeley…violated their First Amendment rights,” they explained in their statement.

To clarify, they added, “Plaintiffs have adequately alleged that neither the unwritten High Profile Speaker Policy nor the written Major Events Policy meaningfully restrict the discretion of administrators in deciding which speakers and events are subject to those policies and the onerous restrictions that attach to them.”

Sadly, college campuses aren’t the only places where the authoritarian left is attempting to censor the ideas of people who they disagree with. The same thing is also happening online, where less can be done to stop it. 

For example, a couple of weeks ago, former Sheriff David Clarke, a well-known Trump supporter, was temporarily suspended from Twitter. They did so after he published several tweets bashing the “lying liberal media.”

“BREAKING NEWS! When Lying Lib MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD,” wrote Clarke in one of the tweets that got him suspended, noting, “nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood.”

The tweet, which outraged countless people, also included a photoshopped image featuring President Donald Trump, Sheriff Clarke, and a person with a CNN logo instead of a head. In the image, President Trump can be seen holding the person with the CNN logo for a head while Clarke kicks that individual in the face.

Shortly after he published that tweet and two others, moderators with Twitter sent him a message informing him that what he wrote violated their terms of service and as a consequence, they decided to temporarily place his account in “read-only mode,” which prevents a user from posting new tweets.

“We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,” explained Twitter in the message that was sent to Clarke.  

Begrudgingly, Clarke listened to them and subsequently deleted the tweets from his account. Twitter then removed the restrictions that they had placed on his account so that Clarke could resume tweeting.  

In addition to conservatives, the authoritarian left is also determined to silence Christians. Earlier this month, for instance, the far-left social media Gestapo on Facebook removed a well-known Christian group’s Facebook page for speaking out against abortion and homosexuality. Apparently, doing so is in violation of their community standards because it’s “hateful and threatening.”

Specifically, the Facebook page belonging to “Warriors for Christ,” which is a West Virginia-based ministry led by Pastor Rich Penkoski, was taken down a couple of weeks ago allegedly violating the company’s “Terms of Use” agreement. Penkoski, however, insists that the ministry has done nothing wrong and was completely outraged by Facebook’s decision to remove them from their site.

“These are not violations of community standards,” he argued while speaking to reporters. “Facebook may not like it but it is not a violation of anything. It is not hurtful. It is not obscene. It’s not attacking. It’s not threatening. We are Christians. We don’t do that,” he added.

Censoring others because of their beliefs must not be tolerated. Hopefully, Columbia University’s decision to defend the free speech and cover the security costs of speaking events inspires others campuses to do the same.