Syndicated columnist and popular speaker Ben Shapiro is coming to a prominent college campus in Florida despite left-wing protests to keep him away.
Campus Reform reports the University of Central Florida is hosting Shapiro on March 23 as a guest of the Young America’s Foundation, the student group that has sponsored numerous Shapiro appearances across the country.
UCF, a public university in Orlando, is home to approximately 70,000 students.
The university’s College Republicans announced in January that Shapiro is scheduled to speak, which set off predictable protests that have followed Shapiro around the country.
Spencer Brown, a spokesman for Young America's Foundation, tells OneNewsNow the student government approved funding one half of Shapiro’s appearance, a $35,000 cost, after more than two hours of debate with more than 50 students speaking. YAF is funding the second portion of the cost.
The amount of the funding request required introducing a bill to the student senate, Campus Reform explained.
One campus group, Pride Student Association accused Shapiro of being “homophobic” and “transphobic” and "racist," and vowed to stop him by speaking out at the student senate meeting.
A Facebook post by the group described Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, as a “white supremacist” even though he has repeatedly pointed out he is a frequent target of literal white supremacists.
Despite a history of left-wing riots following Shapiro, a university spokesman told Campus Reform that students were protesting the use of student fees, not Shapiro's beliefs.