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Gonzaga’s terrible message

I am extremely sad and disappointed with Gonzaga University’s recent decision to reject the request of a student group to allow Ben Shapiro to speak on campus, especially in light of its previous decision to allow Angela Davis, a known terrorist, to appear on campus. Having earned both a law degree and an MBA from Gonzaga, I have been a continuing supporter of the university.

In light of this recent decision, however, I can no longer support Gonzaga. Contrary to their claim that they prepare students for the real world, it appears that their goal is to stifle freedom of speech and prevent students from being exposed to any form of conservative thought.

To use the excuse that Mr. Shapiro’s appearance would present a security issue is bogus. Mr. Shapiro and his listeners certainly are not going to be disruptive. Gonzaga is just using this as a pathetic excuse to stifle conservative ideas. If there is a security issue it would come from those individuals who oppose Mr. Shapiro’s message. Moreover, this ban sends a message to students and others that you get your way through lawless, disruptive behavior — a terrible message to send to the community.

Jim McDevitt



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