DePaul U Permitted Fundraiser for Terrorist Rasmea Odeh on Campus, But Won’t Let Steven Crowder Speak
“a place which boasts in its so-called open-mindedness”
DePaul University welcomed a fundraiser on campus for terrorist murderer Rasmea Odeh in 2015, to raise money for her legal defense fund as she was being prosecuted for immigration fraud. (She has since then been convicted and deported.)
But DePaul will not let conservative Steven Crowder speak on campus.
What is DePaul afraid of?
Campus Reform reports:
DePaul denies Crowder, says he doesn’t ‘align’ with mission
DePaul University rejected a request from its Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter to host conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder on campus.
According to an email obtained by Campus Reform sent to Jorin Burkhart, chairman of DePaul’s YAF chapter, the group received word from Associate Vice President of Student Development Peggy Burke that the request had been denied because Crowder’s presence wouldn’t align “with Depaul’s education mission.”
“The Speaker Review Board denied this speaker request due to their research on Mr. Crowder and came to the conclusion that he creates videos to purposely to rouse and provoke people by making fun of the opposing side,” she wrote. “They didn’t see how this aligns with DePaul’s educational mission.”
In response, Burkhart called the denial “ridiculous and pathetic,” noting the hypocrisy of his university that “boasts in its so-called open-mindedness.”
“It’s ridiculous and pathetic that DePaul, a place which boasts in its so-called open-mindedness, is afraid of someone as mainstream and harmless as Steven Crowder,” he told Campus Reform. “However, based on the administration’s pattern of making it difficult to impossible for conservative groups to hold successful events, I can’t say I’m surprised.”
DePaul’s student organizations website, notably, claims that the university “is committed to fostering an education community that welcomes free and open discourse.”
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