Stanford University’s graduate student government expressed a disturbingly common view in its recent decision to decline funding for a conservative event on campus. The Anscombe Society, a student group that defends family values, planned a conference and presented its proposal to the student body for consideration.
In a meeting earlier this month, the request for funding was not only declined – the conservative group was also ruthlessly smeared as purveyors of hateful bigotry.
The College Fix reported several excerpts from the meeting’s minutes, with one common theme running throughout.
Quotes included in the minutes described the pro-traditional marriage event as a way “to help people better convey hateful messages” that entails “camouflaging discrimination and hateful messages” by its organizers.
One student government member actually suggested that hosting such conferences would result in “a statistically significant increase in suicide.”
The single passage that seemed to encapsulate the prevailing sentiment most accurately, however, was the assertion that “espousing the view that marriage is between a man and woman is, at the least discriminatory, [and] at worst hate speech.”
Though they were in the minority, at least a few students realized that restricting the free speech of others is effectively imposing the same discrimination with which they charged the Anscombe Society.
While preaching tolerance, one student proclaimed student leaders “are silencing and taking away support from a view that we don’t agree with.”
In the final vote, just two members voted to grant the group its $600 request, while 10 voted against. Two abstained.
This was reportedly the second request denied in as many weeks for the conservative group.
Though the Anscombe Society attempted to reach a compromise with Stanford’s gay community, it refused to withdraw invitations for speakers that the same-sex activists considered unacceptable.
America’s college campuses should be a safe place for young adults to freely express differing views. Instead, these environments have been largely overwhelmed by a mentality that excludes all but homogeneous leftist values.
–B. Christopher Agee
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