Grand Canyon University re-invited Ben Shapiro on Tuesday to speak on their campus.
Earlier this week, the Christian college was under fire after news broke that they disinvited conservative speaker Ben Shapiro from speaking at the school.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, the school issued a statement noting that they believed that Ben Shapiro was too divisive to speak on their campus. The statement read, “We believe in many of the things that Ben Shapiro speaks about and stands for, including his support for ideals that grow out of traditional Judeo-Christian values and his belief in a free market economy. Our decision to cancel Shapiro’s speaking engagement is not a reflection of his ideologies or the values he represents, but rather a desire to focus on opportunities that bring people together.”
On Tuesday, however, the college rescinded their decision to cancel his appearance. In a new statement by the Arizona-based Christian school shared that the invitation was initially rescinded because the national chapter of the student organization planning the speaking engagement, preemptively announced Shapiro’s appearance. According to the statement, the GCU chapter of Young America’s Foundation worked closely with their national chapter to secure Shapiro for a speaking gig at their school. The students submitted a proposal to the school, and before the school approved Shapiro’s appearance, the YAF national chapter announced that it was happening.
After failing to come to an agreement with YAF’s national chapter about how GCU’s protocol with outside speakers work, the college shared that they chose to cancel the event.
Now, the college says they are working with the students of the GCU chapter of YFA to invite Shapiro to come in the Spring.
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Source: Christian Headlines