Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Students at a university invited a conservative speaker to their school only to have the school administrators cancel the speaking event.
This sequence seems to happen to conservative pundit and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro no matter where he goes. Here’s a short sample: California State University Los Angeles, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Utah.
Now, Grand Canyon University has canceled their speaking arrangement with the conservative amid backlash from some students.
The Young Americans For Freedom responded to the cancellation in a statement:
Administrators at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, told members of GCU’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter that they would not “provide a venue” for Ben Shapiro’s planned speech, part of Young America’s Foundation’s Fred Allen Lecture Series.
If this pathetic response sounds familiar, it should—that’s exactly what UC Berkeley administrators initially told students when Cal administrators tried to prevent Shapiro from speaking.
In a meeting with students Thursday, Grand Canyon University administrators outlined their cowardly denial of Shapiro, giving three feeble reasons for rejecting Shapiro:
- Allowing Shapiro on GCU’s campus would not be good for the school long-term.
- Shapiro’s approach instigates a divisive atmosphere.
- GCU wants to maintain its culture of unity, love, respect and having all student voices on campus heard.
Unless, apparently, a student’s voice is conservative.
Here’s more, from GCU:
We wanted to take a moment to address Grand Canyon University’s decision to cancel a speaking engagement on campus by Ben Shapiro that had been scheduled by one of our student clubs.
We believe in many of the things that Ben Shapiro speaks about and stands for, including his support for ideals that grow out of traditional Judeo-Christian values and his belief in a free market economy. Our decision to cancel Shapiro’s speaking engagement is not a reflection of his ideologies or the values he represents, but rather a desire to focus on opportunities that bring people together.
To understand that decision, one has to first understand the University’s history and the culture that has been created on our campus.
As a private interdenominational Christian institution, Grand Canyon University’s core beliefs are rooted in biblical truths and outlined in our Doctrinal Statement and Ethical Positions Statement. These foundational documents, inspired in large part by the Nicene Creed, articulate our commitment to the full inspiration of Scripture and provide clarity, unity and alignment across the University on matters of ethics and morality.
Here’s how some people responded to the news:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.