Stated in Gonzaga’s mission is a clear-cut commitment to diversity and student development, though it has now become abundantly clear that commitment does not pertain to intellectual diversity.
Plans to host conservative commentator and Orthodox Jew Ben Shapiro were rejected by Gonzaga University, stating that “Mr. Shapiro’s appearances routinely draw protests that include extremely divisive and hateful speech and behavior …”
It is true conflict follows Shapiro, but it is not born of his supporters. Rather it comes from radical leftist students, prompted by their professors, who find themselves unable to comprehend a thought outside of their own. Students who, since beginning their higher education, have had their heads filled with nothing but the thought and doctrine of the left. Ironically, the young men and women who frequent Shapiro’s events with slogans, signs and bullhorns are the ones who would best benefit from the diversity of idea his lectures offer.
Yet that type of open-minded exchange will never happen. Gonzaga University seems content with the little thought bubble they’ve constructed down by the Spokane River.
See, the dirty little secret on Gonzaga’s campus is they love diversity, just as long it’s not conservative thought.