Materials Stolen at Event on Censorship

The theft, presumably by protesters, seemingly confirmed to theme of the event: the threat of liberal censorship.

David Horowitz speaking to students and community members at U of M.
David Horowitz speaking to students and community members at U of M.


On Wednesday November 30, the University of Michigan chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) hosted David Horowitz for an event entitled “Progressive Censorship: The Left’s War on Your Freedom.” The event, held in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, drew a sizable crowd and, unsurprisingly, a few protesters.

Prior to Horowitz taking the podium, Grant Strobl, the National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and the Chairman of the campus chapter, read a statement from the University of Michigan to remind the audience that while protests of invited speakers were allowed, any protesters “must not interfere unduly with the speaker’s freedom of expression.”

The protest, which consisted of a group of individuals walking out of Horowitz’s speech shortly after it began, was not disruptive. Indeed, the only reaction came from Horowitz who mocked those who had quietly left, saying “I guess that was a protest.” This earned appreciative laughter from the crowd.

Outside of the Pendleton Room, those who had “protested” milled about, seemingly at a loss for what to do. Eventually, they simply left the Michigan Union. Inside, the speech went on as planned and Horowitz gave his usual tirade against communists, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), liberals and numerous other groups.

When the event ended, however, the materials that YAF had left out for late arrivals to peruse, including booklets and stickers, and the email sign up list to join the chapter list serve, had been stolen. On a piece of paper left at the table in place of the stolen materials, someone had scrawled “SHIT” as an apparent message to those who had organized the event.

The theft, presumably by protesters, seemingly confirmed to theme of the event: the threat of liberal censorship. Grant Strobl told the Michigan Review, “The theft of our materials only confirms the title of our event ‘progressive censorship.’ If the left disagrees with you, they will silence you.”

The materials have yet to be returned and Strobl has filed a police report. He says, “All we want is our sign up list, literature, Ronald Reagan calendars, and free speech stickers back.”

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Erin Dunne is a senior studying History, French and International Studies. In her free time she is a drug policy reform advocate and a free speech enthusiast. You can reach her by email at
  • flyr

    It is critical that the FBI accelerate an investigation of the violent “protestors” and attackers.

    In Sacramento, DC, Seattle, Berkley and other cities the “protestors” have committed hundreds of serious felonies. More worrisome is that they are obviously trained to operate at teams, carefully equipped to inflict damage and injury and remorseless in their attacks.

    The Berkley video showed many carrying baseball bats very heavy wood sticks with posters – probably 3×3, crowbars, martial arts sticks , firebombs , large rocks and clubs. Sadly the liberal state governors and mayors have done nothing but encourage the anarchists who become more emboldened every day. The cowardice of the state and city officials has created a vacuum into which either the federal authorities or citizens taking responsibility for their own defense and defense of their families will flow. The anarchists probably want this, another Kent State event which makes them look good. Yet in each case suporters or cowards at the Governor and Mayor level have refused to act to protect the law abiding citizens.

    Why is this happening now. Because the voters stopped the liberal train trying to drag democracy off the cliff. As long as Obama was moving to the left things were ok.

    The scene in Berkley with innocent women and men clubbed from behind and left unconscious and bleeding in the street with no police intervention should be a clear sign to every American who treasures their freedom that the nation is at great risk.

  • Bless you, Sarah Cohen

  • Stanley

    Sarah, you are such a smart and tough girl. You certainly know who you are.

  • Sarah Cohen

    “Merry Christmas” -I cannot speak for all Jews, I can only speak from my experience and share my opinion. I do not care if someone wishes me a merry Christmas. Some Jews prefer not to use the word Christ so they will say “x-mas” instead of Christmas, at least that is what I was taught growing up. However, even in that community most people do not care if a non-Jew would wish them a Merry Christmas, and to be polite they would respond- you to, or enjoy your vacation, ect. It is nice to visit Jerusalem on Chanuka and see Menoras on windows and porches when Jews in America see Christmas decorations on storefronts and front yards all over town they are great-full to live in a free country where religion is not just tolerated, it is celebrated. On a simple level: so long we are not forced to work on Shabbos, are allowed to eat Kosher meat, are not falsely accused of putting blood in our Passover Matza, and are not sent to concentration camps we do not care what religious traditions our neighbors practice and are happy for them to celebrate their holidays publicly and with pride. To explain it on a deeper level I will share a story told by Arina Grossu, a lobbyist for the Family Research Council. When she was a student at Notre Dame she told an orthodox Jewish professor “all religions teach the same thing”, to which he responded, “Arina, I would rather you tell me that I am going to Hell for being a Jew that to tell me that you and I believe the same thing.” In a post-graduate speech Arina credits this professor with strengthening her in her own catholic faith. This time of year is not simply “Holiday Season.” Pagans celebrate Winter Soltice, Christian celebrate Christmas, Jews celebrate Chanukah and many people take advantage of sales and travel packages to buy new things and to go on exciting vacations. However, for Jews, the message of Chanukah is religious freedom. The dreidel was used to fool Greek soldiers so that Jewish children would not be killed for learning Torah. The Macabim were scholars and priests not soldiers yet they went into battle to almost certain defeat (3 of the 5 brothers died in war) not for economic or political freedom but because the Greek king was refusing to allow them to keep Shabbos, circumcise their baby boys and keep a Jewish calendar. Chana, a Jewish woman who lived during the Greek occupation of Israel, watched all seven of her signs sacrifice their lives rather than bow down to an idol, and although she later committed suicide from grief, she proclaimed, while doing so, that she was proud of what they did and would have them do it again for the glory of g-d. So the next time a Jew tells you not to say “Merry Christmas”, ask him if he would be willing to be burned alive at the stake, like Jews were willing to do during the inquisition, rather than bow down to the cross. And if it is a non-Jew, inform him or her that Pope John Paul II risked his life during the holocaust to save a Jewish girl’s life and refused to baptize Jewish orphans, instead instructed that they be raised according to their Jewish heritage and be returned to a Jewish community as soon as it was safe to do so. However, he proudly wore his catholic garb and cross necklace and inspired Catholics across the globe to boldly proclaim their Christian beliefs even under harsh Communist dictatorships. If you want to pander to Jews through language learn how to say the Jewish ch sound and wish them “Chag Chanukah Sameach” – it is not the first or last sound of the word hatch; and when you master this sound you will be able to correctly pronounce the words Chaim- life, Chabad, Pesach – Passover, and Challah.
    Free Speech

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