Fordham University president Joseph McShane, S.J., faulted campus College Republicans for inviting Ann Coulter to speak, saying that her rhetoric appeals to the “darker side” of human nature.
The Huffington Post gloated:
Controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter was invited — and then disinvited — to speak at Fordham University in New York last week.
Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., chastised his campus’ chapter of the College Republicans for inviting Coulter — who recently referred to President Obama as a “retard” — to speak on campus, paying her with student fees. He addressed the entire university with his decision in a campuswide email.
“To say that I am disappointed with the judgment and maturity of the College Republicans, however, would be a tremendous understatement,” McShane wrote. “There are many people who can speak to the conservative point of view with integrity and conviction, but Ms. Coulter is not among them. Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative—more heat than light—and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature.”
McShane said preventing Coulter from speaking would “counter one wrong with another,” and explicitly stated he wouldn’t forbid the CRs from having her speak at the Jesuit university. Nevertheless, the Fordham CRs beat him to it anyway and quickly rescinded the invitation to Coulter.
That’s really sad in so many ways.
More… A Fordham conservative just informed me that pro-abortion radicals RFK Jr., David Axelrod, and Ralph Nader were all welcomed on the Catholic campus to indoctrinate the students in recent years.