Speech Censorship

Gay and liberal groups at The George Washington University have
demanded that funding for GW-YAF, a chapter affiliate of Young America’s Foundation, be
revoked for the club’s daring to stand up for traditional

The student association at The George Washington University
voted to enforce mandatory training for all student club leaders
and faculty on gay issues. According to the
GW Hatchet

The training sessions would teach student leaders about gender
identities and sexualities. After their presidents and treasurers
complete the trainings, the organizations would be labeled “safe
zones” for LGBT students. Officials in the Multicultural Student
Services Center would lead the trainings, which would also be
extended to faculty.

 GW-YAF co-chair Emily Jashinsky suggested that a religious
exemption be put in place for clubs and students who who support
traditional values.  For this suggestion, a number of LGBT
organizations have made calls for GW-YAF to have their funding

A number of students took to Twitter and Facebook to call for
the club to lose funding:

Twitter GW

GW Tweet YAF

On Facebook, 
Allies and Pride
 issued the following: 

If GW YAF refuses
to participate in safe zone trainings that are aimed at increasing
safety and understanding, then they should be considered a hate
group, and thereby, be revoked of all funding from the Student
Association at The George Washington University
….Lastly, their
decision to bring Rick Santorum- a man who has compared
homosexuality to pedophilia and beastiality- to campus the day
before Trans Day of Visibility underscores their intolerance and
pattern of hate.

Like most universities, in order to be “inclusive,” GW must
exclude students who disagree with prevailing leftist ideas that
are pushed by the administration, faculty, and other liberal
student groups. 

There is a long history of attacks against GW-YAF, with the most
recent incident occurring last year when the club’s pro-life cross
display was vandalized and items were trashed. When leaders of
GW-YAF brought the vandalism to the university’s attention, very
little was done to find the perpetrators. 

Why is there not sensitivity training for gay and liberal groups
to respect the free speech rights of other groups on campus? Why
has the student association not considered similar training to
teach students to respect those who believe in traditional

The hateful atmosphere that currently exists at The George
Washington University will remain as long as the university allows
liberal bullies to intimidate and attack students or clubs that
dare to express opinions different from their own. 

Patrick X. Coyle is Vice President of Young America’s

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