From Todd Starnes at Townhall:
The Todd Starnes Radio Show obtained exclusive emails between the UCO [University of Central Oklahoma] Student Association and Answers in Genesis explaining why they had to rescind the invitation and opt out of a signed and legally binding contract.
“We are currently getting bombarded with complaints from our LGBT community about Ken Ham speaking on our campus,” student body president Stockton Duvall wrote on Jan 25. “I was going to request that Mr. Ham refrains from talking on this issue, even if asked his views during the Q&A.”
Ham was scheduled to deliver his remarks on March 5 in the university’s Constitution Hall.
I find it highly ironic that after being booked to speak in the school’s Constitution Hall, our constitutional right to free speech and the exercise of religion, guaranteed under the First Amendment, have been denied,” Ham said. More.
Constitution? Aw, come on. Denial of the right to speak is one of the very few things about which one can say that, if we vote for it, we will surely get it.
Anyone remember the Ham on Nye debates? That must have been longer ago than it seems (2014).
Bill Nye encounters Ken Ham’s Ark. Nye is certainly adapting well to his new career as a pill. 😉
NBC weighs in on Nye-Ham debate, actually quotes Steve Meyer
Resources for the Nye–Ham debate tonight. Here’s all but the snacks. Bring your own.
If people must be protected from heterodox ideas at a university, either 1) it isn’t a university or 2) they shouldn’t be there.
See also: Canadian psychologist takes on the howling post-modern void, largely alone. Prediction: This high-profile unhingedness about any disagreement (not just ID) will spread into the harder sciences now, as intersectionality takes hold. The science establishment, with no truth it cares to uphold, will be paralyzed by fear, rendering up the demanded victims to satisfy the growing monster.
Lindsay Shepherd does not teach at the same WLU that I attended (1967-1971)
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Of related interest to these complaints from the LGBT community,,
Is this ‘complaint’ from a child who grew up in a LGBT home:
Also of note, the left thinks that a parade honoring our military is in very bad taste, yet thinks a LGBT parade, featuring naked men, openly simulating if not actually performing lewd acts, and women dressed as vaginas, is a very noble parade.
Might I suggest that the left shaming a military parade that would honor our men in uniform as well as honoring our vets as being in very bad taste, while promoting and even ‘celebrating’ immoral LGBT parades is a sure sign that the left is completely out of touch with mainstream America?
bornagain77 at 1: If universities simply championed intellectual freedom, they could invite those people to make a case about their own issues on another day. Their issues have nothing directly to with the controversies that put Ken Ham on the map. But the miasma spreads.
I should say that I agree that this sort of disinvitation or de-platforming is quite wrong. None of the great declarations or charters or bills of human rights include a right not to be offended. Objectionable speech is still free speech and universities are failing in their pedagogical duty to their students by failing to uphold that principle when tested.
The ‘free speech’ stuff in the old constitution was never meaningful. This disinvite violates one of the few pieces of the old constitution that are still occasionally obeyed:
“No State shall… pass any Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts… “
BA77, if what you write is true,then this needs to be shouted from the hill tops. Btw, here is the link to the book you mentioned…..
It’s long at 600 pages and cost $5.99 on kindle.