Jason Mattera

James Doyle, vice president of student affairs, couldn’t offer a sound rationale as to why he was penalizing the conservative students. For starters, it’s not DCA’s fault that leftist activists are renowned for refusing to protest civilly. He did reaffirm to YAF, however, that members of the DePaul Conservative Alliance needed to comply or else the lecture would be canceled. Doyle also claimed that every student organization bears the burden of security costs. That may be true on paper but not in practice, Nicholas Hahn tells us.

Past liberal speakers at DePaul, including Barack Obama, didn’t attract any vitriolic demonstrations by conservatives and the campus Left wasn’t extorted for cash by DePaul’s administration. John Holden, a spokesman for DePaul, even admitted to the Chicago-Sun Times that he couldn’t think of a single instance where similar financial obligations were imposed on liberal student groups. 

Security costs are minimal, if needed at all, when a leftist comes to town.

The topic of illegal immigration is one of today’s leading issues. If DePaul really valued diversity of opinions and free speech, the school would secure the safety of a speaker invited by a university-sanctioned club. Instead, school officials are allowing professional protestors to shutdown an entire campus from even considering conservative ideas on what to do about border security and illegal immigration. This attempt by administrators to soak its students for cash is just a dirty trick to stop Chris Simcox from speaking.

Jason Mattera

Jason Mattera is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers (Simon & Schuster, March 2012).