Celine Ryan reports at Campus Reform:
A private Christian university announced it is canceling a student-organized speaking engagement by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, citing a "current high volume of rhetoric."
In a Friday statement, Arizona's Grand Canyon University [GCU] explained the rationale behind its decision to cancel the event, organized by the school's Young Americans for Freedom [YAF] chapter.
The university said that while its mission often aligns with Shapiro's message, specifically regarding his emphasis on Judeo-Christian values and the importance of a free market economy, the school has decided to bar him from speaking in order "to focus on opportunities that bring people together."
"By caving to an unseen mob and ignoring the popularity of Shapiro among its student body, Grand Canyon University just played itself and deserves whatever negative response this brings,” said YAF spokesman Spencer Brown in a statement last Friday, according to Campus Reform.
"GCU has abandoned the sentiment of its own proclaimed values, deluded itself into acting like the liberal campuses it claims to differ from, and blindly accepted the Left's ludicrous argument that Shapiro's presence somehow damages students, campuses, or debate," Brown said, CR reports.
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