ACLU defends Coulter after Berkeley speech cancellation

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/aclu-defends-coulter-berkeley-speech-cancellation-134612157.html
The American Civil Liberties Union is condemning the threats that forced Ann Coulter to cancel her speech at the University of California, Berkeley.

“The unacceptable threats of violence that have led to the ‘hecklers’ veto’ of Ann Coulter’s speech at Berkeley are inconsistent with free speech principles that protect us all from government overreach,” David Cole, the ACLU’s national legal director, said in a statement Wednesday after Coulter canceled her appearance, which had been scheduled for Thursday.

“Hateful speech has consequences, particularly for people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and others who have been historically marginalized,” Cole continued. “But if the government gets to decide which speech counts as hate speech, the powers that be may later feel free to censor any speech they don’t like.”
Antifa is acting like the fascist they pretend to be against.
 

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Everyone has a right to free speech, even hate speech by Ann Coulter is protected. So yes the ACLU is right to defend her. Even if what she says is wrong and dangerous it's still protected. Just like the people have a right to tell her her views are horse **** and should not be tolerated.
 
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Everyone has a right to free speech, even hate speech by Ann Coulter is protected. So yes the ACLU is right to defend her. Even if what she says is wrong and dangerous it's still protected. Just like the people have a right to tell her her views are horse **** and should not be tolerated.
are you assuming Coulters gender?
 

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Everyone has a right to free speech, even hate speech by Ann Coulter is protected. So yes the ACLU is right to defend her. Even if what she says is wrong and dangerous it's still protected. Just like the people have a right to tell her her views are horse **** and should not be tolerated.
LOL. By setting fires and threatening violence? That is not protected speech, Nut.
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are you assuming Coulters gender?
That's a microagression. I'm triggered now.
 

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Everyone has a right to free speech, even hate speech by Ann Coulter is protected. So yes the ACLU is right to defend her. Even if what she says is wrong and dangerous it's still protected. Just like the people have a right to tell her her views are horse **** and should not be tolerated.
Don't like what she says, don't go and listen to her. No one has a problem with others speaking their opinion of Ann, however, threatening violence like they did here or in Portland is dumb, fascist, and not protected speech. Even the far-left Bill Maher has spoken out recently against the left wing snowflakes shutting down free speech on college campuses.
 

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Don't like what she says, don't go and listen to her. No one has a problem with others speaking their opinion of Ann, however, threatening violence like they did here or in Portland is dumb, fascist, and not protected speech. Even the far-left Bill Maher has spoken out recently against the left wing snowflakes shutting down free speech on college campuses.
I don't think any college should be allowing hate speech on any campus. If she wants to do that on her own time fine. But Im sure the college was paying her to speak? Ann Coulter really needs to go away, maybe she should start an internet channel like the other crack pot Alex Jones.
 

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she might have a bigger adams apple than yours
Sandra Bullock has the same affliction but that's ok.
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I don't think any college should be allowing hate speech on any campus. If she wants to do that on her own time fine. But Im sure the college was paying her to speak? Ann Coulter really needs to go away, maybe she should start an internet channel like the other crack pot Alex Jones.
What has she said that qualifies as hate speech?
 

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It's easy for the ACLU to take this stand after the event has already been cancelled. There is no risk. I'm pretty sure they did not publicly stand for her right to speak before the event was formally cancelled.

Spineless.
Do you ever tire of being wrong?

On Feb. 10, 2017 ACLU lawyer Lee Rowland defended Coulter's fellow reprobate Milo Yiannopoulos, writing: "It’s easy to protect speech we agree with, but more important to protect speech we abhor."

During an interview with NPR, Rowland expanded on this point saying:

...Well, the case for Mr. Yiannopoulos is the same as it would be for any speaker, no matter how despicable or offensive we might find them, which is the First Amendment protects our right to speak out on matters of public concern, to talk about things that are as offensive as the things that Mr. Yiannopoulos says without censorship by the government. And ideally, as in his case, without people physically preventing him from speaking at a place where he had every right to speak.
So, they've already made the point that cancelling a speech at Berkeley is a bad thing, but before Coulter's fame-seeking nonsense.

And, they did this in the face of widespread criticism from liberals, and the reality that anti-facists and Nazis have clashed repeatedly, resulting in multiple arrests, assaults, and even stabbings by knife-wielding Nazis.

I disagree with the "#antifa" movement's use of violence, and instead hope that students at the college go to hear Coulter speak and then engage in a robust debate about how such an obvious imbecile continues to earn Republican audiences.
 
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I don't think any college should be allowing hate speech on any campus. If she wants to do that on her own time fine. But Im sure the college was paying her to speak? Ann Coulter really needs to go away, maybe she should start an internet channel like the other crack pot Alex Jones.
"hate" speech, who gets to determine what it is?
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No speech that is actually hate. Can you not tell the difference? Of course not given who you voted for.
that depends on perspective my friend.