Many readers recall the cold February night – it will be exactly three years ago this week – when I drove to UNCG to give a speech on how college administrators try to suppress free speech in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity.” When I got there I learned that the Office of Student Life refused not only an honorarium for my speech but also money for a hotel room.Before I prepared to give a speech and then drive back in the middle of the night, I sat down for a serious discussion with the College Republicans who invited me. When I asked the students why OSL refused the funding, they said – among other things – that the university had quoted a policy of refusing to fund “political” groups. (And, wouldn’t you know that the CR chapter was the only “political” group on campus at the time).
The problem with this policy was that the U.S. Supreme Court had stated four years previously that such categorical funding disqualifications were unconstitutional at a public university collecting mandatory fees from students. I learned that those same fees were used to fund a speech by a porn star just 24 hours before my arrival. (Note that they also said I was “too controversial,” despite my reluctance to talk about anal sex).
And the university – the one that dislikes “controversy” - was also using public funds to sponsor a “Gay Pride Week” with drag queen shows and events geared towards the promotion of the university’s official religion of moral relativism. Unsurprisingly, the university refused to let the CR chapter sponsor a “Morals Week” because, once again, that would give funding to a “political group.”
When the word got out about UNCG refusing to sponsor a conservative speaker’s talk the night after they sponsored a porn star’s talk – devoted almost solely to the topic of “safe sodomy” - the public was outraged. Some of the highlights of the fun that followed were:
• My appearance on MSNBC to debate the porn star.
• A federal investigation by the Department of Education over funding abuses in the UNC system, which was launched by a U.S. Congressman after learning of the incident.
• An admission by the university that they did, in fact, spend public funds on pornography. At first they lied and said they did not. That was before employees were caught storing mother-and-son incest films on the UNCG website.