Other universities have banned him and cancelled his appearances. He's also banned from twitter. But conservative news editor Milo Yiannopoulos made his way to UCF and addressed a full house.
People crowded UCF's Live Oak center to attend Milo Yiannopoulos' controversial tour. With a message highly critical of Islam.
“Is there anything more richly amusing that these sort of foe victimhood of people who cry 'oh what about islamophobia' after terrorist attacks were 50 or more people are dead,” Yiannopoulos said.
He says Islam is a religion that punishes people for being gay. Orlando resident Jorge Pabón attended the event and says it's about life and death.
“I'd rather have living gays in the United States than an infiltration of a horrible ideology that wants them dead,” Pabón said.
And Yiannopoulos agrees. But in a statement from Imam Hamidullah, he explains that's not the case.
“Everybody was created by Allah and the life, habits and activities are a choice,” Imam Hamidullah said. “So, we do consider it a sin but we do not have a right to punish anyone as Muslims.”
And not all in the crowd shared Yiannopoulos' views. Kelli Huck states in America you should be free to practice any religion.
“Some things I don't necessarily agree with him on,” Huck said. “I don't think any religion will stand above each other.”
But Pabón says regardless of anyone's beliefs, people should tear down boundaries that prevent them from discussing these issues.
“As an advocate for free speech, I think we should be able to just freely express our ideas and let the best ideas win,” Pabón said.
While Pabón and Huck may not see eye to eye on this one, they both call for more candid discussion about sensitive topics.
Member of the Muslim student association at UCF did not attend the event or set up a protest. Maha Qureshi, MSA President, states that events geared towards spreading hate don't deserve their attention.
“UCF has a responsibility to protect all of its students, including Muslim students. It was grossly irresponsible, negligent, and disrespectful that UCF would allow hate speech in the form of a formal event here on campus,” Qureshi. “An event geared towards a religious minority that has been isolated in the past.”
Yiannopoulos will continue his college tour across 40 cities over the next five months. He'll be back in Florida on November 10 in palm beach.