Students at Baylor University are pushing to have Matt Walsh’s speech on campus canceled. Walsh is a Christian conservative writer for The Daily Wireand Baylor is a private Christian university in Waco, Texas.
Walsh was invited by Baylor’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter to give a speech April 9 titled “The War On Reality: Why the Left has set out to redefine life, gender and marriage.”
Because of Walsh’s well-known traditionally conservative opinions on the topics, some Baylor students started a petition to block the speech from happening. The petition is titled “Stop Matt Walsh, Conservative Blogger, from Delivering Anti-LGBTQ Speech at Baylor,” and so far has garnered nearly 2,100 signatures.
“This [speech] cannot be allowed to take place. Please remove this from campus events,” the petition states. “For the benefit of all LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and future students, this harmful hate speech must be kept off of our beloved campus.”
At the same time, Baylor students who support Walsh giving the speech also started a petition, which has garnered more than 2,300 signatures.
“This is a free speech issue. No one has to agree with him. No one has to listen to him. He was invited by those on campus who do want to hear what he has to say, and he should be allowed to speak his mind,” the petition stated.
When asked by The College Fix what he thought about the attempts to block him from speaking, Walsh said it’s “just another example of the decline of our university system.”
“College should be a place where challenging ideas are embraced and engaged,” he said. “Instead people expect to only be exposed to ideas that fit into their ideological framework. It’s a sad state of affairs.”
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