The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at DePaul University invited Christina Hoff Sommers and Ben Shapiro to speak on campus. At some point, the administration decided not to allow Ben Shapiro on campus over supposed security concerns, even threatening him with arrest if he set foot on campus.

In an ultimate twist of irony, the subject of Shapiro’s speech was free speech on campus.

The YAF blog has the details:

DePaul Obstructs YAF Lecture, Shapiro, Sommers

Despite having no apparent problem hosting prominent leftists in the past, DePaul University is working to obstruct DePaul Young Americans for Freedom’s scheduled lecture with Christina Hoff Sommers, after the chapter announced Ben Shapiro was slated to make a guest appearance.

To great media criticism DePaul banned YAF from hosting Ben Shapiro in August. In response DePaul YAF, Young America’s Foundation, and Shapiro decided the campus needed his message and planned to host him alongside Sommers in order to make a powerful statement about the importance of ideological diversity.

As of Tuesday morning, DePaul administrators were actively working to prevent students from hearing Shapiro’s message on campus that evening.

Once it became clear that Shapiro would be barred, people sounded off on Twitter. Here are a few reactions via Twitchy:

Shapiro showed up at DePaul and was greeted by 30 security staffers. Video via the Daily Wire:

Shapiro ultimately gave his speech at a theater a few blocks away. When Christina Hoff Sommers finished speaking, the audience walked to the nearby venue.

We reached out to Ben Shapiro for a statement. He sent the following:

“A major university threatening to arrest a speaker on behalf of free speech for presumably creating a threat of violence — without any threat of violence or even any protesters — is a full-scale demonstration of the left’s fascism. They’ll use any excuse to avoid talking about issues that matter, up to and including the rioters’ veto, even when there are no rioters. YAF told me that the Black Student Union was fine with me coming, actually.”

Someone should ask DePaul to explain why so much force was used to keep Ben Shapiro off campus, when convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh was allowed to hold a fundraiser at the school.

In February of 2015, Professor Jacobson wrote about the event:

Upcoming fundraiser for convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh at DePaul Univ.

Rasmea Odeh is the Palestinian woman convicted of the 1969 Supersol supermarket bombing in Jerusalem which killed two Israeli students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. Rasmea also was convicted of the attempted bombing of the British Consulate.

Yet Rasmea has become a hero to the anti-Israel movement, including activist groups in Chicago and campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine nationally.

That victim narrative will be on full display in the coming weeks, as a national week of action, National Week of Action to Defend Rasmea, is planned for February 9-15.

But before the National Week of Action, there is the DePaul fundraiser.

The event was well attended:

Rasmea Odeh Fundraiser DePaul 2-3-2015

As students held a vigil outside for Rasmea’s victims:

Rasmea Odeh Protest Vigil DePaul 2-3-2015 Students Holding Photos Statue

This is a double standard we’ve seen on college campuses many times, although this does seem worse.

Fundraiser for terrorist murderer good, Ben Shapiro bad.

It needs to stop.


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