If you haven't heard, conservative podcaster and author, Michael Knowles, was invited to give a speech at UMKC and ended up being physically attacked and then loudly heckled during his speech. The attacker was wrestled to the ground and arrested by police, but the hecklers managed to ruin the event.
I found the speech on YouTube, converted it to MP3 and tried to listen to it, but the screaming by SJW activists who had infiltrated the audience for just this purpose was so severe that it effectively wrecked the talk. It was like Michael was giving a talk at an insane asylum. Below is a snippet.
A couple of things occured to me.
- Where was the Catholic Church? Knowles is a Catholic and his assertion that men are not women is in complete accord with the teaching of the Church. If he can't speak Truth, then the rest of us can't, either. Where are our defenders in the clergy? They have no problems yapping about
Global WarmingClimate Change, open borders and such like, but when it comes to protecting the laity, they take a powder.
- If Knowles had been a Muslim, the protestors would have skipped the talk. First, he would have been considered a victim of white, patriarchal oppression and therefore off limits. Second, the protestors would have been afraid to give him a hard time. If Knowles was a muslim and brought along Mohammed, Achmed and some of the boys, their glares and physicality would have been more than enough to shut up any SJWs who tried to heckle.
- One of the reasons civilized people don't do this is that they don't want their own events ruined by hecklers from the other side. At our universities, however, the other side, Knowles' side, is effectively muzzled. The lefties have a monopoly on power and have no fear of reprisals.
- The mob's veto power over speech is a capricious thing. Today it's all about transgender rights. Tomorrow, it will be ... whatever the mob wants.
- Why do people go to talks and think they have a perfect right to scream at the speaker? What happened to good manners? Good manners are predicated on respect for others. If the only thing that matters is how you feel, which is what Ben Shapiro argues in his recent book, then good manners don't apply if you feel threatened or you think others do. When feelings trump rational discourse, you get Knowles speaking in front of a pack of psychotics.