RAP: Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. really did not want to hear Robert Spencer, author and director of Jihad Watch, speak. In a recent guest column for the College Fix, Spencer described three instances in which he was disinvited or barred from using equipment there. The third instance resulted in Spencer being barred from campus.
All the instances, it turns out, are over “safety concerns.”
The first instance took place several years ago. But, as Spencer, starts his piece off with, it all connects to the college campuses protests today:
The controversies at the University of Missouri and Yale make it indisputable that America’s universities and colleges are today less institutions of higher learning than centers of Leftist indoctrination and agitprop. As if aware, however, that forcible suppression of unwelcome points of view is contrary to the very idea of a university, today’s academic authoritarians cast about for fig leaves to cover up their slavish adherence to politically correct norms. At Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, officials have recently invoked security risks to cover up their hostility to points of view that veer too far from acceptable Leftist norms.
This is, unfortunately, a story in which I play a part…
The first instance saw Spencer disinvited by then-President Father Jonathan DeFelice, who had reportedly received complaints from Muslim students at the school. Spencer notes that “Islamic groups, like their Leftist allies, share a taste for shutting their critics down rather than engaging in ideas, and Fr. DeFelice was happy to oblige them.”