California State University-Los Angeles got an expensive lesson in constitutional obligations when it allowed a near-riot against a conservative speaker two years ago.
As a result of the First Amendment lawsuit filed against the taxpayer-funded institution, it pledged to follow its own free-speech policy that vows to treat speakers in a viewpoint-neutral manner and remove disruptive protesters from such events.
CSULA’s commitment is going to be tested next week, because local illiberal activist groups under the “Refuse Fascism” banner are pledging to “drive the fascists off campus.”
The target of their ire is Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, who is speaking on “the injustices of abortion” in the LA Room in the Student Union building on campus on Tuesday. Young America’s Foundation is sponsoring the event.
Hawkins is a “fanatical anti-women, Christian-Fascist” whose campus tour is intended to “spew her misogynistic, anti-women poison,” according to the event description for Refuse Fascism’s “CalSt NO! Kristan Hawkins! Resist the Fascist Anti-Woman Agenda!” It continues:
“The anti-choice agenda being pushed by Trump/Pence and their fascist movement is nothing less than preparing for the ground for a real-life “Handmaid’s tale”, with women completely enslaved and subordinated to a patriarchal order. NO! We refuse to accept this! Refuse Fascism will join all who despise this fascist agenda and unite with everyone who recognizes the grave threat to all women – and to everyone – that this fascist movement represents. In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America! Drive the fascists off campus AND out of the white house!”
Hawkins is speaking the next day at CSU-Fullerton, and the day after at UCLA. Refuse Fascism has pledged the same action at CSUF – “Look for the black and white NO! signs” – and UCLA.
Young America’s Foundation said in an email blast Wednesday that since the near-riot against Ben Shapiro in 2016 (below), which led to YAF’s lawsuit against CSULA, the conservative student organization has successfully hosted several other conservative speakers at CSULA without incident.
The Hawkins lecture is taking place in the same building where Shapiro and other speakers gave lectures.
Read Refuse Fascism’s plans for disruption at CSULA and CSUF.
Full story at The College Fix.