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Washburn University President Condemns Invited Conservative Speaker in School-Wide Email

Washburn University President Condemns Invited Conservative Speaker in School-Wide Email

The university president signed off on the event, too.

Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire was invited to speak and the unversity president even signed off on the event. What is going on here?

From the YAF blog:

University President Sends School-Wide Email Condemning YAF’s Michael Knowles Event

A president of a public university in Kansas sent a school-wide email condemning an upcoming Young America’s Foundation campus lecture featuring Michael Knowles, claiming he was “disappointed” that First Amendment rights are being used to make students feel “unsafe” on campus.

Jerry Farley, the president of Washburn University who signed the contract and approved the event, issued the condemnation late Tuesday ahead of YAF’s event on Thursday featuring the Daily Wire personality. Leftists are planning to protest the event in a “solidarity and support demonstration”––organized primarily by “Washburn Queers and Allies.”

“A Washburn student organization has invited a speaker to campus who has a history of inciting fear and distrust,” Farley wrote. “While I am strongly in the support of first amendment rights, I am disappointed when those rights are used to make others feel unwelcome and even unsafe in our community.” Farley did not cite any examples of Knowles “inciting fear and distrust.”

He went on to state that the school “does not condone the hate and misinformation spread by the speaker and his supporters.” It’s not clear if Farley has ever sent a similar email rebuking a liberal speaker on campus (although, it’s doubtful).

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This so-called leader of the university is going to bend the knee to an organization that has 27 members as representative of the entire student body!?!? Are you kidding me?

https://washburn.presence.io/organization/queers-allies

    Dimsdale in reply to Idonttweet. | April 1, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I think of it as more of a “bending over” than a bending of the knee.

    I believe that “Leftists are planning to protest the event in a “solidarity and support demonstration”––organized primarily by ‘Washburn Queers and Allies'” incites far more “fear and distrust” than the speaker, and do more to make students feel unsafe than anything else.

College administrators are often fascinating invertebrates filled with cognitive dissonance. This is one example. MIT banning Jeffrey Epstein as a dishonorable donor, then laundering millions of dollars of subsequent donations from him by scrubbing his name off them, is one more.

American leaders used to be men of static principle. Now, principles are donned and doffed as convenient, like leisure attire.

    JRaeL in reply to henrybowman. | March 31, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    “College administrators are often fascinating invertebrates filled with cognitive dissonance.”

    It’s almost as if they were Catholic bishops.

Do the alumni know about this fool? Isn’t :free speech” about free speech? If he is “feeling” so unsafe, maybe he should attend and challenge the speakers views!

JackinSilverSpring | March 31, 2022 at 11:16 pm

So, he’s in favor of the 1st Amendment except when he’s not. Like so many Leftists, he’s for rights for me but not for thee.

What’s the difference between a woke college president and a sea slug? One is a spineless slimy bottom-dweller. The other is an ocean life form.

It’s time to take whatever action possible to cease taxpayer funding of colleges and universities pushing their vile, hateful rhetoric and socialist agendas on the entire country. Conservatives need to unite and fight back. We need to exercise our Free Speech rights to protest their disgusting agenda and actions.

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