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Christian university rejects Christian, pro-life speaker’s appearance because her views are too radical


She wanted to discuss abortion's impact on the black community

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A Christian university in Minnesota, the University of Northwestern St. Paul, refused to host a Christian, pro-life speaker after condemning her views as too radical.

The school did not expound on which of the speaker's views were considered controversial.

What are the details?

According to a news release from the Young America's Foundation, the school blocked Star Parker — a conservative political activist and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education — from speaking on campus. The release included an email from a university administrator, who deemed Parker's views far too radical for the school.

According to YAF, the administration also had concerns about Parker appearing at an "open event."

"UNW really only does events for our community, not ones open to the larger community," an administrator wrote in the email contained in the news release. "Therefore, it would be different if you were having a speaker just come speak to your club. Speakers open to all UNW students would have more strictness."

In addition to having a problem with speaker logistics, the university — which bills itself as a "Christ-centered liberal arts university" to equip students "leaders through Christ-centered, academically excellent education" — also pointed out its concerns over Parker's views.

"There were quite a few concerns about Star," the email continued. "Our staff has been very adamant about bringing speakers to campus to educate and expand worldviews, but we really don't bring speakers who radically hold beliefs that UNW as a whole would not agree with."

"Again," the email added, "it may be if we were able to bring a panel and provide a variety of thought, but in the past UNW has stayed away from sensationalized speakers."

What did Parker say?

Parker told the organization that she planned on speaking about abortion within the black community during her proposed talk.

"I accepted UNW YAF's gracious invitation to defend life and traditional Christian principles," Parker said. "Abortion has devastated the black community and is the moral crisis of our time. Christian universities are precisely where this urgent discussion should be happening."

You can read the news release here.

(H/T: The College Fix)

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