MAY 5--Months after members of "Al Pieda" marred a campus speech by Ann Coulter, another appearance by the controversial conservative commentator has been disrupted by a protester. During a speech last night at the University of Texas in Austin, a 19-year-old UT student was busted after asking Coulter a lewd question, which he followed up with equally inappropriate hand gestures, according to the below police affidavit. The student, Ajai Raj, was arrested by campus police and hit with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. The police affidavit notes that Coulter's lecture was attended by "several children under the age of ten," which probably made them particularly sensitive when Raj queried Coulter about the sexual proclivities of certain right-leaning men. (1 page)
Student arrested, charged with disorderly conduct after offensive question
Media Credit: Daniel Feeser Jeremy Atkinson holds a copy of "Socialist Worker" in the LBJ Library lobby. Several students gathered to protest the evening´s speaker, Ann Coulter.
heckling and shouting culminated in an arrest Tuesday night during a speech by
Ann Coulter, an extreme right-wing pundit, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Shouts became so pervasive during the question-and-answer session that Coulter informed the organizers she would no longer take questions if the hecklers were not silenced. For a time, the shouts were considerably lessened, until the issue of gay marriage was broached.
Coulter said she supported the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman on the basis that a good woman civilizes and inspires a man to strive for something better, leading to a question that was met with a stunned silence.
"You say that you believe in the sanctity of marriage," said Ajai Raj, an English sophomore. How do you feel about marriages where the man does nothing but fuck his wife up the ass?
Before the speech began, the International Socialist Organization
protested outside of the library, with about 12 people holding up signs with
slogans such as "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, right-wing bigot go away" and "Stop
the new McCarthyism."The booing began early into Coulter's speech, when
she issued a joke to pro-choice advocates.;
I wonder why those 'I Heart Partial-Birth Abortion' T-shirts aren't selling better," she said, followed by a combination of cheers and jeers.Coulter went on to decry the conservative media bias she said liberals complain of, and she challenged the undemocratic actions of liberals with respect to Iraq and to the judiciary.
"They're always trying to act like they're oppressed," she said. "So let's do it. Let's oppress them.