Officials of the Grand Canyon University told students from the “Young America’s Foundation” (YAF) chapter at the University of their decision on Thursday.
In a statement, YAF spokesman, Spencer Brown said, “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. 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.”
In a statement released on Friday by the University’s administrators, they acknowledged the school’s decision to block Ben Shapiro, saying that they knew it “obviously disappointed and offended” some in the community.
The statement reads:
“We know that if we had made a different decision, we would have disappointed and offended others within the same community, It was not our intent to disappoint or offend anyone. It was, rather, to use our position as a Christian university to bring unity to a community that sits amidst a country that is extremely divided and can’t seem to find a path forward toward unity.”
Among the many schools Ben Shapiro has spoken at, only a few have resulted in a dangerous situation or protests because of his speech.
YAF student administrators say they think GCU administrators canceled the speech on the grounds that Ben Shapiro may say something about immigration that may cause unrest in the campus.
Ben Shapiro responded via Twitter saying :
I’m libertarian on immigration in a non-welfare, non-criminal, non-citizenship scenario, so not sure what the objection would be https://t.co/RSEtBrcY4J
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 3, 2019