Christian university cancels Ben Shapiro speaking engagement

Ben Shapiro is one of the most prominent, high-profile conservative commentators working today.

He’s an editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, the host of the Ben Shapiro podcast, the author of a number books and has a massive social media following. He’s also an in-demand speaker, traveling all over the country talking to groups and spreading conservative ideals.

Shapiro, as part of the Young America’s Foundation speaking series, was scheduled to speak at Grand Canyon University, a private christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. But that speaking engagement will not be happening as planned.

According to the Daily Wire, the school refused to provide a venue for Shapiro. The school apparently referred to Shapiro’s style as “too cutthroat.” In addition to disliking Shaprio’s personal style, the administration outlined three specific reasons for their move:

  • Allowing Shapiro on GCU’s campus would not be good for the school long-term.
  • Shapiro’s approach instigates a divisive atmosphere.
  • GCU wants to maintain its culture of unity, love, respect and having all student voices on campus heard.

The school also put out a statement in response to canceling Shapiro. In part, the school said they agree with many of Shapiro’s ideas and concepts but want to focus on events that will “bring people together.”

Click here to read the school’s entire statement.



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