DePaul University’s College Republicans chapter can’t catch a break. After multiple speakers they invited were denied by the university administration, now their newest flyer has also been censored. The flyer which read, “Unborn Lives Matter,” was deemed “bigotry” by the president of the university.
President Holtschneider sent a memo to the entire student body and faculty, which called the flyer “bigotry” and said it would not be tolerated as free speech. He went onto say:
“There will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values. When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community to be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech. In fact, you have seen this in past months, as we have declined to host a proposed speaker and asked students to redesign a banner that provokes the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The proposed speakers mentioned were Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro, both of whom have been extreme critics of the left and their talking points, including the issues of free speech and abortion.
This decision made by DePaul University is not only sad but also contradictory to Catholic values. There should have been no quarrel over this flyer because it promotes a message that is a mainstay in the Catholic voting platform.
Overall, the problem here does not lie in the message or meaning of the flyer, but the message that Holtschneider wants DePaul as a whole to convey — that his university is in no way, shape, or form discriminating against anyone.
The president of DePaul is perpetuating the same hypocrisy that the left does with every part of their platform. Whether it’s pro-choice or pro-life, there will always be somebody that is offended — especially at today’s universities, which are populated, for the most part, by offended and entitled students who complain about any idea that doesn’t conform to their own.
Those offended students should be the least of this Catholic institution’s worries, considering that the unborn lives that Catholic Catechism says to protect are being aborted on an hourly basis.
This petty fight perpetuated by the university is just distracting from the real issue of combating abortion; which was thankfully brought to light by DePaul’s chapter of College Republicans.