After receiving backlash for suppressing free speech by imposing a $5,000 security fee on a student organization looking to host a defender of traditional marriage, Stanford University announced Friday that they have managed to ‘find’ funds to subsidize the security costs.
Though the University’s mission statement boasts a commitment to “inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the Stanford Anscombe Society – a student organization who promotes family values, traditional marriage and sexual integrity – was slapped with an exorbitant fee while exercising their liberty to freely communicate an opinion.
SAS had $600 in funding revoked by Stanford’s Graduate Student Council after intolerant LGBT activists voiced opposition to the organization’s upcoming Communicating Values conference featuring a lecture on traditional marriage by Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation and others.
Furthermore, the Graduate Student Council burdened the student group with a $5,000 security fee to cover the cost of having “ten event security personnel present, including four police officers, at the single-day conference,” according to Judith Romea, SAS President.
Both the fee and revocation of funding occurred after junior Brianne Huntsman and other LGBT agitators attended a Graduate Student Council meeting where they claimed that Anderson and the conference’s other scheduled speakers would “threaten the safety of campus for the queer population.”
“All over the world, this kind of hateful speech has turned into very real actions and very real consequences. There have been missionaries that have gone to other countries that has led to the persecution and killing of the LGBT community abroad, by having this type of speech it could spur excitement and action,” said Neal Ulrich, a sophomore at Stanford and employee of the LGBT campus resource center.
Ulrich went on to preach tolerance and open-mindedness, saying he and “a lot of people are interested in seeing a dialogue happen between the LGBT community and the Anscombe Society,” failing to realize, however, that the $5,000 security fee was the product of LGBT students’ intolerance.
Unfortunately, this deliberate hypocrisy has become commonplace on today’s liberal college campuses.
Just last week, reports emerged regarding a feminist professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara who mocked and later destroyed the anti-abortion sign of a pro-life student on campus.
Despite Stanford coming around (finally) to cover the security fee, the student government’s failure to protect academic freedom and encourage a diversity of ideas on campus remains a concern.
“What is happening at Stanford is appalling but is quickly becoming the new norm on college campuses as liberal progressivism expands. Liberals are allowed to get away with bringing controversial and extreme speakers to campus but when conservatives wish to bring a speaker there’s a double standard,” said Ashley Pratte, spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation.
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