After a Christian university rejected a conservative student’s request that Star Parker speak to the students about abortion, Star, the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, publicly commented on the matter.
Hayley Tschetter founded a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (UNW), and through this group invited Star. But the school had other plans. UNW withdrew the invitation and claimed Tschetter hadn’t followed procedure when she invited Star.
But someone representing the school wrote in response to Tschetter’s questions that Star was “sensationalized” and not a good fit to speak at the school. Star wrote that Tschetter’s “excitement was quickly dashed when the university rejected my appearance, writing in an email, as reported by the YAF, ‘we really don’t bring speakers who radically hold beliefs that UNW as a whole would not agree with.’ Given that I was asked to discuss abortion and the sanctity of life, what was there that those at this Christian university could not agree with? Various Christian organizations and conservative media spoke out in protest. I stayed silent because this is a private school, and I believe in free markets and free association.”
Star later appeared with Tschetter on Fox News.
Tschetter wrote that the University of Northwestern suspended her YAF chapter.
I thought that UNW would be the perfect place to host a conservative, pro-life, Christian speaker but I’ve been proven wrong by my school’s administrators. Sadly enough, conservative ideas are becoming more and more unwelcome even on Christian campuses, something I’ve experienced first hand. Despite my best efforts to comply with their demands I still have many unanswered questions for UNW’s leadership, and I am frustrated with their decision to suspend our YAF chapter.
Now Alpha News MN has published an internal UNW e-mail that an administrator sent to employees on Monday.
“If you are not already aware, Northwestern is again in the news regarding the YAF student club and Star Parker issue,” vice president of Institutional Advancement April Moreton wrote. “This is extremely disappointing as misinformation has been picked up and disseminated via Fox News.”
Moreton told employees to direct inquiries to their new public relations firm. She included in the body of the e-mail a form letter for staff to send to anyone with questions about the matter, reiterating that Tschetter hadn’t followed proper procedure and apologizing for the “miscommunication.”