Shapiro suddenly OK as speaker but sponsor...is not?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

YAF free speech signA private Christian university created a public relations nightmare when it attempted to ban conservative author and commentator Ben Shapiro from speaking on campus.

The Young America's Foundation reports Grand Canyon University canceled Shapiro's apperance because they said he is too "cut throat" and divisive, which created a tidal wave of criticism from conservative groups.

YAF spokesman Spencer Brown tells OneNewsNow the university is "really scrambling" to stop the flood of negative attention directed at GCU, located  in Phoenix, Arizona. 

"Which, of course, is ironic," says Brown, "because one of the reasons they cited for banning Ben Shapiro from their campus was fear that his appearance would bring negative attention."

He says university officials have now done a U-turn and are now saying that Shapiro can speak on campus but YAF is not welcome even though it is sponsoring the campus lecture tour.

"It should be pointed out that they initially said Ben couldn't speak on campus because of his rhetoric and the way he presented the facts," Brown complains. "And now, suddenly, they're saying, Oh no, we want Ben on our campus, which then the question needs to be asked, Well, were you lying with your first reason or was that an insincere reason? Why this sudden flip-flop?"

Brown says GCU could eliminate much of the negative situation by taking responsibility for this ordeal but university officials, so far, are blaming others including YAF, he says.

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