Note: Col. West has just landed in St. Louis as he is scheduled to speak this evening at Saint Louis University (SLU) sponsored by YAF’s Fred Allen Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m. CST. You can find the live stream of this event here.
In the meantime, we’re delighted to bring you this little tidbit. It’s both hilarious and disturbing at the same time.
Just to bring you up to speed on the story so far… per YAF, An administrator banned members of the campus conservative club from including the words “radical Islam” on advertisements for the event, claiming Lt. Col. West, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, did not have enough “experience” to speak on that topic.
Second, administrators sent out multiple campus-wide emails trashing West for allegedly “offending” the school’s Muslim Students Association. The president of the school even referred to him as “distasteful” and diminished his credentials by calling him a “provocateur.”
The school then attempted to further cave by demanding a liberal professor speak before Col. West in order to “contextualize” his commentary. As he said this morning, I will not consent. I do not recall ever hearing of any liberal speaker on a campus having their remarks “put in context” before they spoke. I just have to ask, do we still live in America? Do we still have free speech, or are we only allowed to speak when the leftist progressives are accepting? If we’re in a country where we are censored from saying two words — “radical Islam” — then the enemy has already won. But I am not surrendering.