Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Another University Just Blocked Ben Shapiro From Speaking

On Thursday, members of Grand Canyon University's Young Americans for Freedom chapter were told that they would not be able to host conservative pundit Ben Shapiro on campus. The GCU administrators told the students that Shapiro was just too "cut throat" and divisive, according to YAF. Additionally, they reasoned that a Shapiro appearance would not be good for the school long-term, hoping to maintain its culture of unity, love, and respect.

YAF scoffed in response.

"By caving to an unseen mob and ignoring the popularity of Shapiro among its student body, Grand Canyon University just played itself and deserves whatever negative response this brings," Young America's Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown said after the school's announcement. "GCU has abandoned the sentiment of its own proclaimed values, deluded itself into acting like the liberal campuses it claims to differ from, and blindly accepted the Left's ludicrous argument that Shapiro's presence somehow damages students, campuses, or debate."

GCU YAF noted that it will continue to work with YAF "to seek a reversal of this absurd decision."

Shapiro has faced intolerance at campuses all across the country. When he arrived to speak at UC Berkeley in September 2017, he was met with hundreds of angry protesters. Nine people were arrested and a few of them were even brandishing weapons. Police had to wear riot gear. Thanks to all the heightened security demands, the whole affair cost $600,000.

Some of the protesters outside the venue were chanting about how Shapiro was a "fascist," which highly amused the speaker. "I have spent my entire career standing up to fascism," Shapiro told his audience. "Antifa is fascist. I am not a fascist."

At least Shapiro was allowed to show up. Months earlier Berkeley cancelled an event with conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, again citing security issues.



Use the Name, Luke said...

“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
— From a Barry Goldwater speech

This university is supposed to be a Christian university. I wonder if they would attack Peter and John for being too "cut throat" in their preaching about what they saw and heard while they were with Jesus.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
— Acts 4:8–12

How much more "cut throat" can you get?

Anonymous said...

Liberalism runs amok again.

Dean said...

Once again a university backs down from perceived threats by the "peace-loving, inclusive" left.

Perhaps with good reason. We have seen the chaos and destruction brought by black clad, masked "peaceable" Antifa members and their co-horts.

Unfortunately tactics used by the liberal left are effectively denying free speech rights to those who disagree with them and more and more venues bow to their threats.