American college campuses are on the forefront of the new fascism. It’s vicious, ugly and frightening. Americans better get ready for what’s coming. They aren’t just coming for Robert Spencer, my colleagues and me, they are coming for you. This tactic of filling a room with thugs and goons and immediately staging a walkout is now standard operating procedure.
Stanford stands down as students disrupt conservative speech
Campus Reform, November 15, 2017:
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Student protesters staged a walk-out during a speech Tuesday night at Stanford University featuring Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch.
Although an overflow crowd was positioned outside the auditorium in hopes of gaining access, administrators did not allow them to take the seats vacated by the protesters despite repeated appeals from Spencer.
Protesters staged a walk-out during Robert Spencer’s Tuesday night appearance at Stanford University, leaving most of the auditorium empty, even as overflow crowds were denied entry.
Spencer is the current director of Jihad Watch, an organization founded by David Horowitz, who was also recently protested during a lecture at the University of Houston. The two both take a critical approach to the Islamic religion, with recent talks discussing the supposed “terror network” on college campuses.
“The idea that ideas are to be rejected on the basis of whether they are acceptable to various elites—that’s just the opposite of what free discourse really is.”
According to a video of the event, dozens of students proceeded to stand up and leave shortly after Spencer’s speech started, taking several minutes to exit the venue, during which time one of the protesters kicked a microphone that had fallen to the floor during the disruption.
“The idea that ideas are to be rejected on the basis of whether they are acceptable to various elites—that’s just the opposite of what free discourse really is. And so these Stanford people who just left are actually behaving in a way that’s completely in opposition to what a university ought to be,” Spencer remarked as the protesters exited the auditorium, later asking administrators to allow the overflow crowd outside to occupy the vacated seats.
“I do hope that the Stanford administrators will let some of the people who wanted to come in get in now. Can we make that happen?” he asked, though his efforts ultimately proved futile as he rebuked the administration at the end of his lecture for failing to fulfill his request.
“They said this afternoon that they would not prevent people from disrupting this event, and they did not allow people to come in who wanted to come in afterward when we specifically requested that repeatedly,” he commented.
FULL VIDEO: Robert Spencer confronts student fascists at Stanford University
By Robert Spencer, November 15, 2017:
Here is video of the full event at Stanford on Tuesday night, including the walkout staged by Stanford’s fascist community, courtesy Very Fake News. Stanford officials prevented the Young America’s Foundation from streaming the event or even filming it at all. Clearly they knew what was in the offing and did not want the streaming to reveal the egregious behavior of Stanford students before the world.
This is not a righteous protest. This was a concerted effort on the part of Stanford officials and hard-Left student activists to prevent as many people as possible from hearing me: before the walkout, the Stanford Daily conducted a days-long defamation campaign, full of false accusations about me and my work — not only from students, but from Stanford faculty and administrators. After the walkout, Stanford officials refused repeated requests to open the doors to students who had wanted to attend but couldn’t get in.
If Stanford were actually a university where ideas were accepted or dismissed on their merits or lack thereof, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell would resign in disgrace over this episode. Instead, they will probably get awards.
Stanford administrators and students made a huge mistake — one that they do not realize, but will become unmistakable to them before too long. Find out why all this happened, and how dangerous their path really is, in Confessions of an Islamophobe. Preorder your copy here now.
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