Who Is Ben Shapiro? And Why Should You Listen If Speaks At Your College?
Start writing a post

Ben Shapiro Coming To Your College Is Kind Of A Big Deal, And You Should Go To His Talk

Even if you disagree with him.

Ben Shapiro Coming To Your College Is Kind Of A Big Deal, And You Should Go To His Talk

Who is Ben Shapiro?

1. He practices Orthodox Judaism

2. He went to Harvard Law School

3. He lives in Los Angeles, California

4. He used to write for Breitbart News

5. He works for the Daily Wire, along with Matt Walsh, who is his colleague

6. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States

7. He has been the target of serious death threats that have warranted the direct intervention of the FBI

8. He is only 5'6"

9. He once stormed off a BBC interview on air

Love him or hate him, you have to admit one thing. Ben Shapiro is really, really smart. He graduated from UCLA when he was 20 years old and got his JD from Harvard Law School. He has written 10 books and his podcast, "The Ben Shapiro Show," is the second most-listened-to podcast in the United States. In 2018, he received an average of 15 million downloads per month. Ben Shapiro is considered by many to be the face of young conservatives.

With such impressive credentials then, we at Baylor University should feel proud that he has chosen our university to speak. Out of a total of 1,700 university YAF Chapters who lobbied for him to come speak at their school, Shapiro's first choice was Baylor (his second choice, by the way, was Stanford). Despite this, there will inevitably be protests when he does come speak. Just as there were protests when Matt Walsh came to speak at Baylor last year.

However, to compare Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh is to compare apples to oranges. Aside from his impressive credentials, Shapiro is also part of the group that makes up today's leading conservative thinkers. He is one of the core members of the intellectual dark web, which includes other leading thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Steven Pinker. In short, Ben Shapiro is a big deal.

Wikipedia says that members of the intellectual dark web oppose the, "dominance of progressive identity politics and political correctness in the media and academia." Yet, for millions of young people across the world, Ben Shapiro's thoughts and ideas represent so much more than that. Shapiro is so admired by many because he is willing to defend free speech, even at great risk to himself. In 2017, Shapiro was slated to speak at the University of California, Berkeley.

However, he was nearly forced to cancel because over 1,000 protesters, some of whom were members of ANTIFA, contested his presence. Eventually, he did speak, but only with a massive security detail. His act of bravery sparked a huge debate over whether free speech was really allowed on college campuses, or if UC Berkeley was merely a liberal echo chamber that did not allow certain people to come speak.

Fortunately for us at Baylor University, this will not be the case (at least I hope not). While there will be protests, Baylor has shown itself to act in a civilized manner. Even groups who oppose Shapiro have acted in a manner that is befitting of Baylor's Christian mission in the past, and there is no reason to expect that they will not do the same now.

On the other hand, I have heard arguments that it is foolish for Baylor to allow Shapiro on campus BECAUSE he is such a source of controversy. If he elicited such a reaction at Berkeley, might the same thing happen at Baylor? But this same reasoning is exactly why he should come speak at Baylor. Even if the university needs to get him a security detail, we deserve to hear what Ben Shapiro has to say.

With all of this being said, when Ben Shapiro comes to Baylor University on November 21, listen to what he says, but also remember that he is not infallible. Listen with an open mind and think for yourself. Evaluate his arguments based on their merit, not on emotions. This is a rare opportunity to hear someone of Shapiro's caliber come speak, and I would encourage you to do so.

Report this Content

How Technology Has Changed Our Lives

While we are all very dependant on technology, we are losing touch with humanity.

How Technology Has Changed Our Lives

If we look back on how our ancestors lived we can sense a totally different lifestyle. If they could come back and live with all our technological devices they surely would think they are in a completely new alien world. They lived such a simple life without our devices that it seems as if centuries have passed by. In reality most of the discoveries were accomplished in the past twenty years. Indeed we have assisted a total technological distortion. This change in our lives was characterized by a myriad of technological innovations, due to globalization.

Keep Reading...Show less

Why I Love Football

Why Is Football A Sport That Is So Celebrated Across The Nation?

College quarterback drops back to make pass as football season begins

It is the time of year when the athletic event of football tends to exhilarate fans across the Nation. Why is football a sport that is so celebrated across the Nation? Many times I have asked myself why I even love the game of football so much, especially being a female, but I came up with a few of the many reasons why football fans love the game. though this may not be everyone's reasons for loving the game, here are some reasons that I love football.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Nostalgic Early 2000s Barbies: 34 Forgotten Treasures

For all the 90's babies and their obsession with Barbies.

Barbies on a display case

With Barbie mania overtaking society with the release of the new movie, here is some late 90's/early 2000's nostalgia for you in Barbie form.

It's sure to stir up old memories and unlock some good ones. And if you're feeling inspired by a particular toy but you don't remember where you put it, we've listed where you can find one today. You're welcome.

Keep Reading...Show less

Riots and Protests rock Paris and other French cities

Crazy European Summer

Riots and Protests rock Paris and other French cities
A 17 year old boy of North African origin was shot and killed by French police during a traffic stop on Tuesday. The police claimed they "feared for their lives" when the boy started driving away from them and opened fire, killing him.
Keep Reading...Show less

When DEI goes haywire

Shocking Revelation: Doctors Resort to Ethnicity-Based Prioritization in Medical Care

When DEI goes haywire
In a shocking move in New Zealand, surgeons must now consider ethnicity in prioritizing patients for operations.
Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments