FULLERTON (CNS) - Author Milo Yiannopoulos will speak at Cal State Fullerton Oct. 31, the campus' College Republicans chapter announced today amid an attempt to block the appearance.
A petition on the website change.org asking Cal State Fullerton administrators to block the speech has drawn nearly 5,000 signatures.
“If we start banning certain types of speakers like Milo, then the restrictions used to shut down those you don't agree with can be used against those who imposed them in the first place,'' said chapter member Michael Garcia.
A scheduled speech by Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley in February triggered violent protests against him and those who showed up to see him, some of whom were injured. The speech was canceled.
The CSUF Republicans chose Yiannopoulos to speak on campus due to his ability to spark discussions regarding free speech on college campuses, chapter president Amanda McGuire said.
“CSUF has long been an institution celebrating diversity,'' McGuire said. “Inviting a controversial speaker like Milo has created a conversation throughout campus as students consider what it means to have freedom of speech.
“For too long left-leaning groups have dominated campus culture and marginalized conservative thinkers through intimidation tactics and violent protests. The CSUF Republicans provides a place for all voices to be heard.''
The speech in the Titan Student Union is the start of what Yiannopoulos has dubbed the Troll Academy Tour.