Judge Andrew Napolitano blasted a professor’s op-ed published in the New York Times that suggests free speech should be restricted to protect “marginalized” people such as illegal immigrants.
To protect society’s marginalized people, New York University Professor Ulrich Baer wrote that free speech should be restricted with new “parameters,” which means speeches by people with conservative views like Ann Coulter can be restricted.
UC Berkeley recently banned Coulter’s speech event on campus citing security threats. She claims that university officials imposed a series of “ridiculous” requirements on the speech allegedly for “safety” reasons.
In February, conservative media personality Milo Yiannopoulos was forced to cancel his appearance in the university due to violent left-wing demonstrations.
In response to Baer’s op-ed, Napolitano said the First Amendment “absolutely does protect hate speech,” and rejected his claim that Coulter’s words constitute “hate speech.”
He reminded the professor that the First Amendment was not created to protect only like-minded views. The judge likewise slammed former DNC Chair Howard Dean for declaring Coulter’s oratory as hate speech.
100% Fed Up reports:
“The protesters win by scaring people into silence which is known in the law as “the heckler’s veto.” when the hecklers scream so loudly, or in this case advertised their intention to scream that the speaker can’t speak. When this happens on property owned by the government… a prima fascia case has been made… I’m afraid we are in danger of losing free speech.”