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5 Reactions to the Cancellation of Ann Coulter's Berkeley Speech

5 Reactions to the Cancellation of Ann Coulter's Berkeley Speech

2. Everett Piper
Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper | (Photo: Screengrab/The Blaze)

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper wrote a column for The Christian Post in which he denounced the Coulter speech cancellation as the actions of a "snowflake rebellion."

"I am not writing to affirm or refute Ann Coulter or her views. I am writing to implore Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks — and all other leaders of America's educational community — to remember our industry's rich history of the liberal arts," wrote Piper.

"I am writing to plead with my colleagues to stand firm for the academy's millennia-old commitment to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of inquiry,​ and freedom of thought."

Piper went on to attribute the violent protests against Coulter and similar episodes to the modern American education system losing track of "timeless principles."

"We know that without the scale of 'self-evident truths' grounded in the 'laws of nature and nature's God,' every culture eventually finds itself subject to the rule of the gang or the tyranny of the individual," continued Piper.

"Recognizing this, scholars of all ages have confidently given their hearts and minds to the words, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.'"

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