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College Republicans at Fordham U. Cancel Ann Coulter Speech

Fordham University’s College Republicans said on Friday that they had reconsidered asking Ann Coulter to speak on the Jesuit institution’s campus, and had withdrawn an invitation to her after concluding that some of the conservative firebrand’s comments “do not represent the ideals of the College Republicans.” The move came after—but not, the College Republicans insisted in a statement, because of—an anguished statement by the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, the university’s president. While he did not ask the student group to pull the invitation, which he said would do greater violence to the academy than allowing the speech to go forward, Father McShane said of Ms. Coulter: “Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative—more heat than light—and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature.” The controversy, perhaps not surprisingly, drew the attention of a Salon editor and a number of others.

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