Controversial Speakers and DePaul U

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On August 3, the Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune published an editorial titled “DePaul University’s Fear of Words.”

This spring, protesters disrupted a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, sponsored by the university’s Young Republicans.

Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul

In response to that event, which might have escalated to violence, the university’s president “described the gold standard for dealing with expression on campus: ‘Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the  ideas.’”

Nonetheless, in fairly quick succession, the president of the university apologized first to the student group that had brought the speaker to campus and then to the student groups who found the speaker’s views abhorrent.

Subsequently, the College Republicans and the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom requested permission to sponsor another talk by Yiannopoulos and a talk by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, and the “university rejected both requests, citing security issues.”

Against this background…

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