Pennsylvania Democrat Outraged That Conservatives are Allowed to Speak on College Campuses
“I am shocked, appalled and outraged that an institution as prestigious as the University of Pittsburgh is allowing these events to occur on their property and bolstering these hateful individuals”
Rep. Jessica Benham of Pennsylvania is apparently part of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. She is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and she has no idea how free speech works.
This is a press release from her office:
LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus condemns University of Pittsburgh for hosting transphobic speakers
In response to three events featuring transphobic speakers scheduled to occur on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus, Pennsylvania House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, and Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., are condemning the university and calling for the events to be cancelled.
“I am shocked, appalled and outraged that an institution as prestigious as the University of Pittsburgh is allowing these events to occur on their property and bolstering these hateful individuals,” Benham said. “This is not a free speech issue. Hate speech is not protected speech. This is about the safety of transgender students and recognizing that transgender people exist.
“Giving a podium and university resources to someone like Michael Knowles who has publicly stated his goal is to eradicate ‘transgenderism’ from public life is a direct violation of the university’s commitment to support and protect its transgender community members. Transgender individuals at Pitt are not feeling supported – they are feeling endangered. I am urging the university to step in and cancel the events in the interest of protecting the LGBTQ+ community at Pitt.”
Benham added that she has reached out to the university regarding the speakers but has yet to receive a response.
“By platforming individuals who hate and reject the existence of transgender people, the university is playing a role in helping transphobes spread their message and grow their following. The university is essentially endorsing the idea that transgender people do not and should not exist,” Benham concluded.
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“I am shocked, appalled and outraged”
Oh, shut the hell up.
That’s just how you get out of bed EVERY DAY.
“Hate speech is not protected speech.”
Actually, Cupcake, it pretty much *is* under the First Amendment. See, among others, Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), RAV v. City of St. Paul (2011): and Snyder v. Phelps (2011).
The University of Pittsburgh is a state school, and thus fully bound by the first amendment. If someone from the Ku Klux Klan wanted to speak there about how abolishing slavery was a mistake, the university would have to allow it.
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