Catholic university bans conservative Catholic author from speaking on campus
A The Catholic University of Minnesota banned daily thread personality and author Michael Knowles to give a talk on campus, citing his views on transgender issues.
The College Republican chapter at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, had been working since March with the conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation to host Knowles, a Catholic, for a lecture on campus.
But on Wednesday, the club announced that the university and student government had informed it that the event would not be allowed to go ahead because Knowles had made comments about transgender issues that the university deemed contrary to their ” commitment to ‘dignity’ and ‘diversity’.
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The club was quick to note that Knowles’ views on transgender issues are in line with those of the Catholic Church.
Last March, the UST rejected our request to organize an event with conservative Catholics @michaeljknowles . We had worked with @yaf to organize the event, but was told that Mr Knowles’ views on transgender “violate the university’s core beliefs”. See our statement pic.twitter.com/7hOAfV98Li
— St. Thomas College Republicans (@TommieCRs) May 4, 2022
“In the view of the university, it’s not just about what Mr. Knowles would say, but rather that he has conservative-Catholic views in the first place,” the college Republicans said. “These restrictions on the speakers we can bring onto campus pose not only a threat to freedom of speech, but also freedom of thought.”
Knowles denounced the university for blocking his lecture and took the opportunity to question the Catholic identity of the University of St. Thomas.
“If my views on transgender are Catholic and those views ‘violate the core beliefs of the university,’ then what does that say about the core beliefs of the so-called Catholic University of St. Thomas?” Knowles wrote in a tweet.
“It’s wrong for universities to censor conservatives for saying conservative things,” he wrote in another tweet. “But it seems especially wrong for Catholic universities to censor Catholics for saying Catholic things!”
It’s wrong for universities to censor conservatives for saying conservative things. But it seems especially wrong for Catholic universities to censor Catholics for saying Catholic things! https://t.co/r2tmJvTYmR
— Michael Knowles 🏻 (@michaeljknowles) May 4, 2022
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The University of St. Thomas did not respond to a request for comment.