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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