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DePaul U Permitted Fundraiser for Terrorist Rasmea Odeh on Campus, But Won’t Let Steven Crowder Speak

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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Because Odeh and the Students for Justice for Palestine fit in their Catholic mission of killing the Jews. However, last time I checked, even Jesuits’ Bible included the prohibitions against same-sex marriage so they got their educational mission all mixed up.

I find Steven Crowder entertaining. His epic rant at whatever university it was when he shared the stage with Milo, and the 2nd or first wave feminist Prof. Sommers is a classic and was the speaking engagement that discovered TrigglyPuff.

It is my understanding that Crowder is launching a nationwide bus tour of America’s campuses. This is probably a good thing.

I have recently noticed a bit more bite and bile with Crowder’s commentary. I have raised an eyebrow more than once recently. I am not a prude by any stretch but I have noticed a difference. Does anyone else out there see a difference? I also still do not understand the moniker ‘Not Gay Jared’.

Jonathan Cohen | February 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

This is not surprising. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) just gave DePaul its first lifetime achievement award for suppressing free speech. I taught at DePaul for 27 years and while there was much I liked about it, the school had an abysmal record for supporting free speech.

The school administration and the faculty involved in faculty governance saw the school as a “vehicle for social change”. What made DePaul unique was the pride it took and apparently still does in essentially substituting indoctrination for education. I think the place was such a political echo chamber that they honestly don’t know the difference between scholarship and propaganda.

I hate to say it but for many of my colleagues, they didn’t know the difference between disagreeing with opinions and suppressing them.