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Commentary: There is no other word for this than censorship

Ben Shapiro, an influential and young conservative pundit, in Salt Lake City, Utah., Sept. 28, 2017. (Kim Raff/The New York Times)

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead has censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro.

Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum.

To put that decision in context, the College paid left wing activist Shaun King to speak on campus in January.

It is absolutely true to say that Shapiro is a provocative and even polarizing speaker. But then, so is King.

What person expressing a point of view on sticky subjects like politics and social issues isn’t?

“SGA vice president Will Kuball said the association is working with Young Americans for Freedom to find a more suitable speaker,” the Forum reports, adding that “free speech doesn’t mean hate speech.”

Except, free speech does mean hate speech sometimes. The Ku Klux Klan has the same right to peacefully assemble and communicate as the Democratic Party does. Or your local weatherman.

What good is the 1st amendment if it doesn’t protect the most controversial forms of speech?

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