“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.” — Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)
The key to true learning is full disclosure and knowledge.
You can tell a child not to touch the stove, that it’s hot, but the child will not understand “hot” until he touches the stove.
Many times in our lives, we are told by our betters that we should steer clear of certain influences, because they will set us on a path to destruction. And it’s for our own good, obviously.
Sometimes, however, deviation and distraction are ultimately necessary for truth and understanding.
Berkeley University once stood for truth and freedom of speech. I say “once” because it is increasingly apparent that administrators at the college disagree with this path…now they want liberal anarchy.
“The campus that is the home of the historical free speech movement, UC Berkeley, has banned conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter, citing security threats.
‘UC-Berkeley, a publicly-funded university, first imposed a series of ridiculous requirements on the speech allegedly in the name of ‘safety.’
Coulter, we were informed, would be required to deliver her speech in the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event,’ they continued. ‘Against our advice, Coulter agreed to all these requirements.'”
Hilariously enough, she had two demands:
1) That the college chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, and;
2) That the college announce in advance that any students engaging in violence to prevent the invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
Berkeley responded by banning her from the university. Yeah, that sounds about right.
And yet, the Young America’s Foundation will go forward with the speech anyway, citing the fact that Berkeley accepts public funding from the federal government, making their banning action illegal.
If school officials are so sure that Conservative beliefs are lunacy, why then be fearful that “well-rounded, intelligent” students will be swayed by such ridiculous trash?