April 7, 2005
Leftist Intolerance--Conservative Speakers Assaulted on Campuses
Once again, the left shows its true attitude toward intellectual diversity and civility. Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, William Kristol and now David Horowitz have all been assaulted by leftist students in recent weeks. http://www.frontpagemag.com/blog/index.asp There's a wave of leftist violence against conservative speakers on college campuses, and tonight I was a target. Four juvenile delinquents at Butler University doused me with a chocolate cream pie at the beginning of my speech on academic freedom (as if to make my point!). Three of them were arrested including a female who hurled racial epithets at my friend Marvin Scott, a professor at Butler and the Republican candidate for the Senate in the November election. This kind of thuggish behavior is of course encouraged by a radical faculty which regularly derides conservatives and conservative students and by an administration which tolerates all this. I was lucky my glasses weren't broken, since the pie was slammed into my face at eye level. After drying off, I went on with my speech to a mostly leftwing audience. I will press charges if the opportunity is provided. There should be zero tolerance for obstruction of campus speakers whether they be Pat Buchanan (who also got pied) or Noam Chomsky. I'll be interested to hear what the Butler administration and faculty have to say.