In the wake of the controversy at OSU Mansfield, an Ohio newspaper writes that other “free-speech fights” are popping-up on college campuses across the Buckeye state.
In an article published today, The Columbus Dispatch brings attention to a showdown at Capital University.
Alex Tornero, a well-known conservative student on campus (and a young man I had the pleasure of meeting when I was asked to be the keynote speaker during "Bias in the Classroom Week") had planned for Alan Chambers — a former homosexual — to speak on Capital’s campus this week. His talk was to be about how "Jesus Christ could change a homosexual to a heterosexual," writes the Dispatch. But, Chambers’ talk never took place.
According to the paper, Tornero says "a university official had told him that advertising Chambers’ talk might violate the school’s human dignity policy, but he heard nothing further from school officials." The article goes on to note that some 200 students planned to protest Chambers’ speech.
Tornero contacted the Network of College Conservatives and said, "200 protesters? Yah right…"
He also told me "I couldn’t believe Capital threatened me with the Human Dignity Policy."
I can’t believe it either Alex! And, I certainly hope we aren’t seeing a sign of things to come throughout academia in America.
Unfortunately, in light of the OSU Mansfield controversy colleges and universities across the nation may be willing to entertaining the idea of eliminating or vilifying conservative thought on the basis that it threatens and/or harasses others.
This is absurd!
You don’t see white, male, heterosexual college students filing gender discrimination complaints against feminist studies programs; racial discrimination suits against black studies courses; or sexual orientation complaints against schools with queer studies are taught. Then again, maybe conservative students should be filing these types of complaints.
Alan Chambers’ speech at Capital University was canceled due to "an ill family member," writes the Dispatch. And, Tornero told the paper that his first Amendment right to free speech "was protected" by the school and that he didn’t “object to the planned protest."
It should also be noted that Tornero and his family were footing the bill for Chambers’ visit, according to the Dispatch.