The University of Connecticut will host controversial Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour on Wednesday without offering up any ridiculous special "counseling" services for students who might be offended by her speech. However, showcasing their undeniable liberal bias, the university offered such coddling services for conservative speaker and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro's January speech.
Sarsour is kicking off UConn's Women's History month lecture series, dubbed "Nevertheless She Persisted," which is being sponsored by the university.
Ironically enough, "feminist" Sarsour has offered her praise of Shariah law and attacked the womanhood of Muslim reformers she disagrees with, notably threatening violence and suggesting human rights' advocate and Female Genital Mutilation victim Ayaan Hishi Ali and reformer Brigitte Gabriel have their vaginas take away.
Oh, she's also called for "jihad" against "the fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House."
Naturally, this is who the Left views as a feminist icon.
“A speaker’s presence on campus doesn’t mean that UConn as an institution has endorsed his or her message. However, we believe public universities should be places where differing views can be expressed respectfully and where our students and other guests can consider and challenge a variety of opinions," University of Connecticut spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz told The College Fix via email.
“Free speech, like academic freedom, is one of UConn’s bedrock principles,” she added.
Yeah, things did not go as swimmingly for Shapiro.
Joelle Murchison, the university's “Chief Diversity Officer” (yes, that's a real position), sent out a warning email as soon as it was known that scary Ben Shapiro would be speaking.
“We understand that even the thought of an individual coming to campus with the views that Mr. Shapiro expresses can be concerning and even hurtful and that’s why we wanted to make you aware as soon as we were informed," she wrote at the time.
Offering preemptive counseling services, the email continued, "
Offering preemptive counseling services, the email continued, "please utilize the many campus resources available to you should you want to talk through your feelings about this issue, including my office, the Cultural Centers, the Dean of Students Office, and CMHS, if necessary."
Shapiro's speech was also closed off to the public, though a speech from Anita Hill just one week earlier was made open and free to the public; "No tickets required for entry," the event flier read.
As noted by Campus Reform, the university established a "review process" with Shapiro that they now have applied to Sarsour's speech, barring it from the public, too.
Institutions of higher education have been heightening their efforts to demonize and shut out conservative thought on campus for some time while hosting controversial leftists without a hitch. This is only the latest blatant example of such bias.