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University Busted For Over $100,000 In Free Speech Lawsuit

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The University of Washington’s College Republicans chapter sued the school after UW tried to charge the group $17,000 in security fees for the rally, according to The Seattle Times. And now, the school has to pay $122,500 to two law firms that defended the students, as well as strike down the policy it used to charge security fees.

The conservative students’ argument was pretty straightforward: the security fees violated their free speech rights. They had backup from UW’s own law school: 23 professors there asked the university to settle the case.

This is one occasion you’ll hear me agreeing with professors. Security fees are discriminatory because they’re based on how likely a speaker is to attract political violence and as we all know, one side of the political aisle is a LITTLE bit more inclined to use political violence. This is largely why when Lewis Farrakhan, who called Hitler a “very great man,” came to UC Berkeley, the school charged a security fee of $1,900, but when Ben Shapiro visited, the school charged the Berkeley College Republicans over $15,000.

And it was no different with UW. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson has been assaulted at rallies in the past and has received death threats, facts the school mentioned when justifying its $17,000 security fee. Fortunately, a US district court judge stepped in with a restraining order, letting the College Republicans carry on with their event.

Now, I do take exception to one part of the settlement, this weird caveat which allows UW to create “constitutionally permissible security fees.” We’ll have to find out what those look like, but one thing’s for sure: STUDENTS shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost for other people’s inability to counter speech with more speech instead of fists, pepper spray, and bike locks…but who should foot the bill?

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Pro-Life Cross Vandal Compares Pro-Life To Flat-Earth

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A guy recently ripped crosses representing aborted babies out of the ground at Whatcom Community College in Washington state, according to Campus Reform. He also compared pro-life claims to flat-Earth, which, putting aside the gap in scientific evidence for those two views, also doesn’t bear much water statistically: two percent of adult Americans believe in flat-Eath whereas nearly half are pro-life. Just in case, for some reason, you needed some kind of logical refutation to that.

So it looks like the pro-life students were able to get a hold of a campus authority, who made the student put the crosses back, but remember that this isn’t the only time we’ve witnessed this kind of behavior. Remember Texas State?

And back to Washington state, the flat-Earth comparison wasn’t the only insane birth-related remark to be made recently. University of Washington professor Stephen Warren responded to someone saying “In terms of carbon emissions … there’s probably nothing worse we can do on an individual basis than take an intercontinental flight” by saying “Actually, there is something worse: having a child.”

Because you know, planes…children, these things are completely analogous. Professor Warren said “By choosing to reproduce, you’re responsible for some fraction of the carbon-dioxide emissions of your children and grandchildren, and all their descendants. This is your ‘carbon legacy.’”

Mhmmmm. That’s, of course, the same logic that has now made reparations a serious part of political discourse.

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‘Antifa’ Uses CHAIN To Try To Lock Up College Republicans

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Eighteen-year-old Ezra Benner tried to use a chain to lock the University of Washington College Republicans inside a room where they were holding an event, according to Campus Reform. Benner was charged with disorderly conduct and the College Republicans are trying to pursue another charge of unlawful imprisonment.

Before that, a local Antifa chapter had posted to Facebook, encouraging people to come and deplatform the event, taking issue with the College Republicans’ association with the Proud Boys and the YouTube man-on-the-street channel Operation Cold Front. Emerald City Antifa said “some useful tactics might [be] to sit in using large items that take up additional seats, maybe with headphones in so you don’t have to hear their garbage, or noise demo tactics such as whistles to make it difficult for them to speak over.”

And the UW chapter wasn’t the only College Republicans group to have some problems this week. Western Oregon University’s chapter had an event with Joey Gibson that was protested.

This is the quality of opposition you get at these events: “f*** you, Nazis” from people who probably couldn’t define national socialism and “hate speech is not free speech” from people who probably haven’t read the First Amendment.

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College Lecture On ‘White Language Supremacy’

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Asao Inoue, a University of Washington academic, purportedly “investigates racism in writing assignments (e.g. writing programs, writing placement, etc.), which includes classroom writing assessments. About half of [his] work is theoretical, while the other half is empirical in nature.” Inoue is traveling across the country to American University in D.C. next month to give a workshop to faculty entitled “Grading ain’t just grading: Rethinking writing assessment ecologies towards antiracist ends,” reported The College Fix.

Inoue will teach faculty about “the ways that White language supremacy is perpetuated in college classrooms despite the better intentions of faculty, particularly through the practices of grading writing.”

“White language supremacy.” What are these people on? Like “oh hey, what language do you speak?” “I speak English.” “Oh, yeah? Well, I speak white.” And American University isn’t the first school where Inoue has introduced this absolute hogwash, either. No, he’s also the director of the University of Washington at Tacoma’s writing center. In fact, the first time I ever got on the Drudge Report as a journalist was when I covered a poster that the UW writing center hung, which insisted that American grammar was a “racist,” “unjust language structure.”

The poster said “We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness’ in the production of texts” and “We promise to challenge conventional word choices and writing explanations.”

Not following objective standards of English might not result in UW Tacoma writing students being very happy when they apply for jobs.

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