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UCLA College Republicans Protest Ridiculous Security Fees for Ben Shapiro Speech

UCLA College Republicans Protest Ridiculous Security Fees for Ben Shapiro Speech

“These fees appear to be another attempt by the administration to limit free speech”

The security fees should be paid by the student protesters who make security necessary.

The College Fix reports:

Bruin Republicans protest ‘unconstitutional security fee hurdles’ ahead of Ben Shapiro speech

The Bruin Republicans are fighting against what they contend is UCLA’s plans to unconstitutionally impose hefty extra security fees on them for an upcoming speech by conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro.

“These fees appear to be another attempt by the administration to limit free speech on campus,” Jordan Sadlier, president of the Bruin Republicans, told The College Fix.

Scheduled for Nov. 13, Shapiro’s speech, titled “The Rise of the Campus Fascism,” will likely deal with the issue of restricted conservative speech on college campuses. Bruin Republicans admit the event may be controversial.

“Interference is always a possibility,” a member said at their meeting Wednesday. “People have the right to peacefully protest, but we will do whatever it takes in order to make sure Ben Shapiro gets to speak.”

UCLA administration will pay for all the security fees if students, faculty and staff make up at least 70 percent of the audience. However, if that audience criteria is not met, and the campus levies extra security fees on the Bruin Republicans, that would be a violation of Supreme Court precedent, the group said.

The conservative lawfirm Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to campus leaders asserting as much, adding in a news release that the student GOP political group faces “unconstitutional security fee hurdles” as a result of the audience criteria policy.


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Conservative0317 | October 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Poll tax.

    Huh? How is it a poll tax? Is it being charged at a flat fee per attendee?

    In any case, there’s nothing wrong with pol taxes. For any expense from which everyone benefits equally, the most sensible way to pay for it is by charging everyone the same amount, i.e. a poll tax. People have this strange idea that there’s something illegal or immoral about this concept. There isn’t.

    Of course the constitution currently (and unwisely) says you can’t condition the right to vote on payment of any tax, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them. We certainly have many taxes now and the constitution doesn’t prevent them.

One of the reasons the Left disrupts Conservative Speakers on a College Campus, or some other public forums, is their precepts and ideas will not stand up under even minor scrutiny.

Another reason is there is no downside for their disruptions. Little if any, punishment is levied. There is quite a bit of positive reinforcement from the Socialist, Tenured faculity members who may give credit for “civic involvement”.

Repressing free speech, especially on a public institution, must be stopped.

Here, We have colleges, who are supposed to be ” Models,” of ” Free Speech,” where college campuses are run by ” Old Hippie,” types, turned college profs. running campuses into the ” Ground.” I want to know, Where are the ” Campus Police,” and the Local Police ? Why aren’t they doing their jobs ?