A conservative author and activist says a California university acted "cowardly" in forcing him to sign a waiver absolving the school of any responsibility for any harm that he might incur during a recent speaking engagement.
At first he declined to speak at UC-Santa Cruz, but David Horowitz with the Freedom Center says the College Republicans – the group that invited him – were so disappointed he changed his mind (see YouTube video). But in order to appear, college officials made him sign a waiver that said they would not be responsible for any harm that might befall him.
"This waiver, washing their hands of any responsibility for anything that might happen to me, is just a ludicrous extension of the principle of washing your hands of responsibility," he tells OneNewsNow.
Horowitz argues that schools like UC-Santa Cruz could take steps to significantly reduce the threats to conservative speakers – if they wanted to. "They know who the potentially violent students are – [but] instead of dealing with them, they throw the burden on us," he explains.
While there was a protest during his visit last week, Horowitz says the protesters remained outside and he didn't even see them. To its credit, he says the school did provide a significant police presence during his visit.