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In response to the disruptive, threatening behavior of Yale Law School students, a longtime federal D.C. Appeals Court judge sent an email Thursday morning to virtually every federal judge in America, urging them to blacklist offending students.
“The latest events at Yale Law School, in which students attempted to shout down speakers participating in a panel discussion on free speech, prompt me to suggest that students who are identified as those willing to disrupt any such panel discussion should be noted,” D.C. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman wrote.
“All federal judges—and all federal judges are presumably committed to free speech—should carefully consider whether any student so identified should be disqualified from potential clerkships.”
The email was sent exactly a week after roughly 100 Yale Law School students crashed an on-campus bipartisan panel on civil liberties to spew hate.
The event, which took place on March 10, was hosted by the Yale Federalist Society and featured speakers Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association, an organization whose motto is “good without a god,” and Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group that promotes religious liberty.
The panel’s purpose was to “illustrate that a liberal atheist and a conservative Christian could find common ground on free speech issues,” a Federalist Society member told the Washington Free Beacon afterward.
But the 100 or so students who showed up to disrupt the event didn’t seem to believe in finding common ground and celebrating liberty.
“When a professor at the law school, Kate Stith, began to introduce Waggoner, the protesters, who outnumbered the audience members, rose in unison, holding signs that attacked ADF,” the Beacon originally reported.
“As they stood up, the protesters began to antagonize members of the Federalist Society, forcing Stith to pause her remarks. One protester told a member of the conservative group she would ‘literally fight you, b*tch,’ according to audio and video obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 17, 2022
Despite this threatening behavior, members of the far-left have predicatively rushed to defend the students’ behavior as “peaceful.”
They’ve also complained about Yale University relying on four armed guards to protect the event attendees from the threatening students.
See, if the cancel culture concern club really cared about free speech they would be excoriating Yale for using armed guards against peaceful students.
But they’re not in it for the speech, just the white grievance. https://t.co/aF9EqaKG3v
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) March 17, 2022
Sorry to tweet about yale law school, but a group of YLS students peacefully protested a FedSoc event and the university responded by calling in an armed police escort for the speaker. https://t.co/B44kPPvPsJ
— Nicholas Wallace (@n1n2w3) March 16, 2022
What is the adult way to protest a speaker whose views you find abhorrent? Or are adults not permitted to protest speakers?
— Nicholas Wallace (@n1n2w3) March 16, 2022
Yale speakers are so fragile they brought personal security and police detail to peaceful protest of speakers – here, fixed it for y’a
— @NotACat__ (@NotACat___) March 18, 2022
Yet according to the Free Beacon, “At times, things seemed in danger of getting physical. The protesters were blocking the only exit from the event, and two members of the Federalist Society said they were grabbed and jostled as they attempted to leave.”
The way the left’s responding to this disruption seems to mirror how they’d responded to the demonstrably violent and deadly Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots of 2020.
It appears that when leftists violently riot and/or threaten others, that’s “peaceful protesting.” But when right-wingers protest without threatening or harming others as they did recently in Canada, that’s an insurrection.
Yale University’s student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, has for its part latched onto the “peaceful protest” narrative. But the fact that its report falsely smears Waggoner as an “anti-LGBTQ speaker” raises questions about the outlet’s credibility.
The piece even uncritically smears Alliance Defending Freedom, saying that it’s “been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ADF has a history of anti-LGBTQ bigotry, which includes defending the state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad and has argued that LGBTQ people are more likely to engage in pedophilia and claims that a ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society,” the student-run newspaper’s report reads.
But as noted by a large number of well-respected figures, the SPLC is itself a radical extremist group with an extensive history of using false accusations to smear and direct hate toward enemies of the Democrat Party.
Any news report that contains the phrase “according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center” isn’t credible. https://t.co/zmbvWigDAg
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 17, 2017
The SPLC should not be respected as an honest broker or a reliable authority. It is a smear group and a con game. Citing their work as authoritative or even informative is irresponsible.
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) September 28, 2020
Powerful & personal story by a woman who exposes a REAL hate group in America, the so-called “Southern Poverty Law Center,” which she documents is a total scam to make $$ for the leaders, not ppl in poverty. Maybe the DOJ will investigate SPLC for fraud. https://t.co/JiUu0DMn5L
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 19, 2019
Nevertheless, the Yale Daily News reported that the student “protesters” have “characterized the armed response as disproportionate, given what they viewed to be the peaceful and non-disruptive nature of the protest.”
But judges like Silberman, who was nominated to his post decades ago by former President Ronald Reagan, clearly don’t appear to be buying this narrative …
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