Here’s a tale of two college happenings…
On the one hand, we have the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Virginia Tech, which just lost its funding rights from the Student Budget Board after it held a conservative rally.
Lauren McCue, who heads up the local chapter, went through the normal channels to fund the event, which featured guest speaker former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan.
The Student Budget Board granted her request without incident, but flipped after Buchanan’s immigration-centered speech made the front page of Virginia Tech’s newspaper. Then it let Ms. McCue know that her Young Americans for Freedom were cut off for the next two semesters.
It gets worse from there. According to Breitbart:
“When Lauren asked for a specific explanation as to why her club was losing funding, her inquiries were ignored. Finally, Lauren set a meeting with the Student Budget Board, and they explained to her that they ‘had an issue’ funding the event in the first place because the speaker was Bay Buchanan. Max Frischman, the head of the Student Budget Board (who didn’t attend the event) told the YAF Chapter that if they had known the topic was going to be immigration – something that ‘would create a problem on campus when there isn’t one – they never would’ve approved the funding for it.’
“Lauren politely asked the Student Budget Board administrators why the topic of the discussion even mattered and that it was wrong to censor speech and discussion on controversial topics. The answer from Frischman, head of the Board, was that ‘clubs like (hers) generally push buttons more than other organizations, given the nature of their mission.’”
There’s more, but I’ll just give you the link to read the rest of it if you want to. In the meantime I’m moving on to the second college in question, this time Dartmouth, where sophomore Ben Packer wrote out a list of “Questions for Rick Perry,” who was speaking on campus.
They included “In your campaigns you have received hard-money campaign contributions of $102 million, half of which came from 204 donors. Would you have anal sex for $102 million?” and “In 2002, you supported Texas’s [not my error] anti-sodomy law. Do you dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”
I’m not kidding. Nor am I joking when I say that Ben Packer’s rationale behind these questions was that Rick Perry couldn’t possibly believe what he says he believes about homosexuality; that he must merely be playing to a crowd that actually does believe what it says it believes.
Kinda confusing, I know.
What’s even more confusing is that, as far as I can tell, Packer isn’t being punished at all.