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Feb 07, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Grand Canyon University Re-Invites Ben Shapiro To Speak On Campus After "Cutthroat" Controversy

After coming under fire earlier in the week for canceling an appearance and speech from Ben Shapiro on their campus, administrators of Grand Canyon University have since changed their minds and re-invited the conservative pundit to the school.

Previously, GCU blocked Shapiro from speaking on the grounds that he is "too divisive. Their statement read, in part, “We believe in many of the things that Ben Shapiro speaks about and stands for, including his support for ideals that grow out of traditional Judeo-Christian values and his belief in a free market economy. Our decision to cancel Shapiro's speaking engagement is not a reflection of his ideologies or the values he represents, but rather a desire to focus on opportunities that bring people together.”

No more than a couple of days after their decision hit national headlines did the university revoke its decision and re-invite Shapiro to speak.

In a new statement, GCU explains that the invitation was initially rescinded because the national chapter of Young America's Foundation (YAF) who planned the event announced Shapiro’s appearance before receiving approval from the school.

After failing to come to an agreement with YAF’s national chapter in accordance with GCU's protocol for inviting and approving speakers, the college canceled the event.

Now, the new statement reads, “the University is extending an official invitation directly to Mr. Shapiro and his organization in conjunction with the GCU YAF chapter students to organize an event where he would come to campus and present to interested students.”

“It is important to note how this situation is different than most of the previous situations that have been high profile in our country," the statement continued. "Grand Canyon University is an openly avowed conservative institution, which is expressed through its doctrinal statement, ethical positions statements, curriculum, weekly Chapel and other events held on its campus on a daily basis. Conservative talk goes on at GCU’s campus every day, all day. Bringing conservative speakers helps students on its campus crystallize what they believe in and stand for.”

“However, the University also welcomes students on its campus who do not share conservative, Christian views," the statement adds. "They are free to express their worldview in and out of the classroom in a spirit of open discussion."

After reports that the university officials called Shapiro "too cutthroat" made headlines, GCU announced that “as a result of its continued disparagement of the University, the false and misleading statements it has made, and its expressed strategy to use media pressure to achieve its goals. The claims by YAF’s national office that GCU changed its approval protocols for Shapiro’s appearance are false.”



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