St. Louis University is a Catholic institution that claims it desires to create an academic environment that values and promotes “free, active and original intellectual inquiry among its faculty and students.
But apparently, they have this value only for those on their campus who are not conservative politically.
Contrary to their flowery values, university leadership just denied a conservative Young Americans for Freedom group from a place on campus under the guise that they were not “inclusive” enough.
And this is just one of the moves that they have made to quell any conservative voice from engaging their students. Over the last year, leadership has made their desires very clear, they want to silence conservatives and they are willing to punish anyone who dares to challenge them.
The students who attempted to start the Young Americans for Freedom chapter have made several attempts to come against SLU administrators. One student just posted a satirical video called “What is a woman?” The student was dealt punishment. Another student was almost expelled for advertising an even off-campus that featured YAF’s Matt Walsh as a speaker.
That event was sponsored by the SLU College Republicans, and that whole group faced a backlash from the administration for daring to question the popular narrative surrounding those who are transgender.
This was an event that the Catholic Church on campus was going to host, but they closed it down just 24 hours before it was supposed to happen. The group was left scrambling to find another location.
Because the YAF chapter was rejected, that means that they cannot apply for funding or host any events on campus. One administrator gave a reason for the rejection as the YAF was too similar to the College Republicans group. But the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom have two very different purposes on campus.
The most significant reason given was that the YAF was not “inclusive” enough. What that really means is that members of the group believe that men cannot become women and life begins at conception and marriage is between one man and one woman.
But aren’t these the same values held by the Pope? How can no one at the top of SLU see that they are restricting the only students on campus that abide by common Catholic doctrine? Instead, they willingly recognize groups like “SLU Sluts.” They promote abortion on demand, and they harass conservative students. And the school hosted a “queer non-binary sex+body positive community chaplain” just last month. What would the Vatican say about that?
Just this week, SLU campus police officers escorted a conservative speaker off-campus, but they allowed the protestors from the progressive left to remain.
Elisha Krauss was the YAF speaker taken off-campus property. She remained on a public sidewalk just off of the property and kept speaking along with her free speech activists.
Krauss told the media, “Proud to take a stand against the intolerant left who for two hours called me an old a**, a b***h, and a fascist. I defend their rights to free speech the same as anyone else. Too bad they wouldn’t engage in a discussion or debate about political beliefs.”
The chairman of SLU YAF, Nick Baker, said the university’s actions were shameful, especially since they say they are committed to “freedom of expression.” He did say that he believes the YAF chapter is slowly but surely working to turn things around on their campus.
Maybe the Board of Trustees should shake things up in the school’s administration.