This weekend, because of attacks by intolerant liberal administrators at Fordham University, the campus conservative club rescinded their invitation to host Young America’s Foundation lecturer and bestselling author Ann Coulter. You can read the club’s full apology at Salon.com. Below is an excerpt:
We regret that we failed to thoroughly research her before announcing; that is our error and we do not excuse ourselves for it. Consistent with our strong disagreement with certain comments by Ms. Coulter, we have chosen to cancel the event and rescind Ms. Coulter’s invitation to speak at Fordham. We made this choice freely before Father McShane’s email was sent out and we became aware of his feelings – had the President simply reached out to us before releasing his statement, he would have learned that the event was being cancelled. We hope the University community will forgive the College Republicans for our error and continue to allow us to serve as its main voice of the sensible, compassionate, and conservative political movement that we strive to be. We fell short of that standard this time, and we offer our sincere apologies.
It is a shame that some of the club’s leadership felt compelled to quickly send out this apology and cancel the event. In fact, several members of the club’s leadership—including Emily Harman, the club’s vice president, and longtime Foundation activist and the current secretary John Mantia—did not want the club to apologize.
Additionally, while he eagerly lambasted the club for wanting to host Ann Coulter, the University’s president failed to draw attention to the hateful attacks some of the club members faced leading up to the now-cancelled event. One club member, Christina Marquis, was called a “racist” by a Fordham graduate first on the Facebook event page for the Coulter lecture, then a Tumblr blog was created attacking her. Both have since been taken down, but we have received screen shots.
Will the school president address this intolerant atmosphere towards conservative students on campus? Will he require those who bullied the conservatives to take free speech sensitivity training?
Before the Fordham President and other liberals denounce conservatives and call for “civility,” they should take a closer look at the raging hate-mongers on the Left. As the president stated himself, “[W]e are called upon to deal with one another with civility and compassion, not to sling mud and impugn the motives of those with whom we disagree or to engage in racial or social stereotyping.” It’s time for college administrators to live up to their own words.