Yesterday, the Fargo Forum reported on the 28-2 snub the Concordia Student Government Association (CSGA) gave to funding the $7,080 for bringing Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire. This, after voting 13-10 on November 30 to fund the speech being sponsored by the Concordia chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). YAF is 57-year-old conservative youth organization founded by the late William F. Buckley, Jr.
Concordia is supposedly a Lutheran college. From Concordia’s website:
We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds who seek to understand what it means to live in a global society and are passionate about making a difference in their communities.
The purpose of Concordia College is to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life.
Written more than 50 years ago, the Concordia College Mission Statement continues to be a guiding force that connects our past to our future.
In particular, the mission highlights our commitment to the Lutheran academic tradition shaped by Martin Luther’s convictions. These include:
- freedom to search for truth, with nothing off limits for inquiry and critique.
- education in the liberal arts as the best preparation for leadership.
- excellence in all we do.
- the engagement of faith and learning as a creative dialogue, where inquiry and scholarship enlighten religious life and faith practice enriches the educational experience.
- intellectual humility in the face of the paradoxes and ambiguities of life.
The Lutheran theological tradition emphasizes that we are all called to serve our neighbor and care for creation in response to God’s love.
Martin Luther was a Catholic priest who was excommunicated. He was silenced inside the Church but clearly his voice and opinions were heard and have been heard throughout history.
The CSGA has essentially silenced a strong voice of conservatism, the college students in the Concordia YAF. They have been told their opinions are circumspect and not welcome on a college campus founded in history by a silenced religious rebel. Apparently, the young PC liberals don’t agree with their own college’s mission statement, especially that troublesome part that reads, “freedom to search for truth, with nothing off limits for inquiry and critique”.
The adult leadership at Concordia has not intervened to date. In fact, “More than 150 students and faculty filled Barry Auditorium for an hourlong discussion leading up to the vote that nullified a previous decision to fund the speaker.”
Then, the motion to rescind the funding had the PC-oozing, gobbledygook statement declaring that CSGA should be “dedicated to supporting its underrepresented and marginalized students and the greater goal of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at Concordia.”
By definition, the underrepresented (YAF) just got the shaft. The marginalized just became further marginalized. Diversity of thought was squashed under the jackboot of an Antifa-esque vote of the CSGA. Ben Shapiro and YAF will not be included at Concordia.
CSGA managed to violate the college mission statement and their liberalism in one vote.
Far from truly liberal, they stand for groupthink with no outside viewpoints allowed. They seem to want to catch up to UC-Berkeley and those hoity-toity East Coast universities who are turning out unemployable liberal arts graduates who will be foot soldiers for George Soros, Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the far, far left wing of the Democrat party.
Perhaps a secular university like NDSU or M-State Moorhead can show Concordia how to act like Christians.
Lastly, Happy Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception.