Whenever I run out of things to write about, CNN’s Sally Kohn turns out to be the gift who keeps on giving. In case you’ve forgotten who she is, here are just a few Tweets to remind you:
You do realize there are gay feminist Muslims who BELIEVE IN SHARIA?!????? Really. https://t.co/wA2cGuzp97
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) August 19, 2016
Hey @realDonaldTrump, many *progressive Muslims* — the ones we should support in ideological fight against extremism — believe in Sharia!!
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) August 16, 2016
Gay iPhone App says: 'I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay too': Lesbian CNN pundit admits she does not want h… http://t.co/5p1VW7uoJt— GaydarApp (@GaydarApp) March 9, 2015
"The gunman, identified by the police as a 58-year-old 'lone white male'…" – if had been Muslim, police would "still be looking for ties"
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 24, 2015
paid to be
(Please folks, learn the difference between a commentator/columnist and a reporter!) https://t.co/CLS2up5m40
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) September 15, 2016
If your head hasn’t exploded yet, here’s her latest stunt: celebrating the death of conservative free speech on college campuses.
In a world where conservative college speakers are routinely shouted down on college campuses (and that is if student protests don’t lead to the speech being canceled in the first place), only Sally Kohn could think it’s a good thing. As BizPacReview reported: CNN contributor and progressive activist Sally Kohn criticized free speech advocacy during a Friday debate at the University of Missouri (MU), saying such advocacy was really just an excuse for attacking multiculturalism and other progressive attitudes.
Kohn was at MU as part of a two-day symposium on the topic of campus free speech. Kohn’s event was a debate with fellow CNN contributor Kirsten Powers, in which the two clashed about whether recent campus trends have been harmful to free expression.
Victoria Stroup, a student at MU, described the event in a piece for Campus Reform. She said Kohn’s argument defended recent protests that seek to silence conservative speakers and events, arguing that those claiming to champion “free speech” are really just trying to give cover for regressive, anti-diversity views.
Kohn repeatedly attacked the “Koch-funded” Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a non-profit that has made a name for itself aggressively defending free speech rights for both professors and students. FIRE, she said, is simply part of a “broad conservative agenda” to protect conservative views, using free speech as a smokescreen. Kohn also argued that disruptive protests, such as those aiming to prevent a controversial guest from speaking, are a form of free speech themselves.
Kohn also said it’s a good thing if conservatives feel unable to express their views for fear of encountering hostility from their peers or professors.
“If they feel like they can no longer speak against positive social change, good.”
I don’t even need to make a slippery slope argument here, because those disrupting college talks already define “speech against positive social change” as any opinion different than their own.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]