Research As Hate Speech


Another conservative event has kicked off a college campus ruckus. The Anscombe Society at the Stanford University medical school is a student group focused on “sexual integrity.” The members are non-religious and non-political, but they advocate traditional morality and oppose gay marriage. The society had planned to host a conference called “Facing History” to study the history and legacy of the sexual revolution. A student LGBT group took offense and circulated a petition, demanding that college administrators cancel the event. They claimed the speakers—scholars and medical doctors who would be discussing academic research—would really be delivering “hate speech,” and they said it wasn’t fair that all the speakers represented conservative viewpoints. The students threatened to protest and bring in outside groups.

The conference happened to be scheduled on a day called Admit Day, when prospective medical students would be visiting the campus. The threat of a ruined Admit Day intimidated the administration, and they told the Anscombe Society that they could not use a campus building for their event and would have to move it off campus.

The depressing part of this story is that there’s nothing unusual about this. It’s the typical intolerance of anything leftist college students don’t like. Colleges today are not places for open exchange of ideas. They’re places where liberals erupt in hysterics over the existence of a different point of view. Notice that we never see conservative student groups behaving this way—when was the last time you heard about College Republicans protesting a speaker, or complaining that there weren’t enough conservatives at a conference? I’d like to congratulate the Stanford Anscombe Society for its courage in making a conservative viewpoint heard despite such a hostile atmosphere.

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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

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