Letters: Protect civil liberties

UC Berkeley’s claim that it can’t provide security for Ann Coulter is an embarrassment, in two ways.

First, when the threat of violence prevents the expression of free speech, the school and the city fail to protect one of our most basic constitutional rights. They have been taken over by what amounts to a fascist criminal element. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Second, this not the first time Berkeley has done this. The same thing happened to Milo Yiannopoulos. This pattern of using the claimed threat of violence to suppress views contrary to its own loses credibility quickly when it is as biased as this. Berkeley has morphed from a highly respected university to a breeding ground for acknowledgement of violence as an appropriate means for political expression.

Those who do not wish to hear what she has to say can simply stay in their “safe space.” But destroying property and injuring others is illegal, and we pay for law enforcement to prevent such crimes. When violence prevents the exercise of any constitutional right, it should not matter where that threat came from.

— M. J. Knudsen, Trabuco Canyon

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