Washington University cancels Bristol Palin talk on abstinence

I guess there’s a new rule among Lefties. If your last name is Palin then they must do everything they can to silence you:

Anger over a decision to pay Bristol Palin several thousand dollars in student fees to talk to Washington University students about abstinence led to a decision Thursday night to nix Palin’s appearance on a panel here next month.

Washington University’s Student Health Advisory Committee had extended an invitation to Palin, a spokeswoman to prevent teen pregnancy, to speak on abstinence as part of the university’s Student Sexual Responsibility Week.

But because of a growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the advisory committee and Palin decided Thursday night “that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy,” according to a university statement.

Scott Elman, president of the advisory committee, said the decision to halt Palin’s appearance as a keynote speaker was “100 percent mutual” between Palin and the committee. Elman added that he was very disappointed that students weren’t more open to having Palin speak.

I can guarantee you this had nothing to do with the message. It’s all about the messenger – and her mom.

Here’s the video (h/t GatewayPundit)

 

UPDATE: Jaynie makes an interesting point about student fees. I’m believe though that Van Jones was paid in student fees when he spoke there in December and there was nary a peep.

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but I don’t think any student fees should go towards paid speakers no matter who they are. College is expensive enough without the students being forced to contribute money towards paying the speaking fees of anybody. The vast majority of which are liberal.

    If student groups want speakers to come to campus then sell tickets to cover such fees.

    • So… does anyone in St. Louis want to hold a bake sale to raise the funds to cover Bristol’s fee to appear without it coming out of student fees?

      • Anonymous

        How about selling tickets to the event itself? If people don’t want to hear Bristol Palin, or a reading of The Vagina Monologues, they don’t have to buy a ticket.

        If they can’t raise enough money thru ticket sales? Tough. That’s free enterprise at work.

        • DisturbingBehavior

          Teaching kids how capitalism works? That goes against their indoctrination of students that everything should just be handed to them in a socialist policy system.

    • Marie

      $20,000 is pretty steep.
      Actually, $20.000 is very steep!
      I can’t say that I blame the college for canceling Bristol’s appearance either.

      Besides if someone wants to advocate a particular issue because they feel a genuine passion for it, why not charge just for traveling expenses?
      A lot of people donate their energy, time and talent for free.
      Look at the TEA Party Movement and the Pro-Life Movement as just two examples. Most of the work is done by volunteers committed to the cause and in my opinion, that’s why they’re being effective.

      Personally, I’m getting turned off by all hoopla, and appearances of high dollar names. It’s a risky thing to say, but I’m viewing it as the rich getting richer, and to me, that’s Politics as usual. Which I’m SICK OF!!!!

    • Marie

      $20,000 is pretty steep.
      Actually, $20.000 is very steep!
      I can’t say that I blame the college for canceling Bristol’s appearance either.

      Besides if someone wants to advocate a particular issue because they feel a genuine passion for it, why not charge just for traveling expenses?
      A lot of people donate their energy, time and talent for free.
      Look at the TEA Party Movement and the Pro-Life Movement as just two examples. Most of the work is done by volunteers committed to the cause and in my opinion, that’s why they’re being effective.

      Personally, I’m getting turned off by all hoopla, and appearances of high dollar names. It’s a risky thing to say, but I’m viewing it as the rich getting richer, and to me, that’s Politics as usual. Which I’m SICK OF!!!!

      • Marie

        PS
        Never thought I’d live to see the day I’d write something like that.

        Oh well, there ya’ are.

        • mr ex prez clinton get’s $200,000.00 per

          20,000.00= average speaking fee.

          • Marie

            If mr. prez. Clinton came to stand on my front porch to speak for free, I wouldn’t open the door to listen to a thing he had to say.
            And it wouldn’t hurt his little pocket book one bit.
            But I guess everybody has their price and there’s always someone willing (in this case – unwilling) to pay it.

      • Actually depending on the Audience that is probally low

        People like Glenn Beck, Bill Clintion, Sarah Palin would get a 6 figure speaking fee

        As far as “doing it for free” do you work for free?

        I bet you think Doctors, Nurses, Researchers, Full Time Charity Workers should all do everything for free and live in card board boxed as well….

        That is a good progressive socialist viewpoint you have there

        • Anonymous

          If I could get $20 grand to show up to give a talk, and have all travel expenses paid instead of having to hold down a “real” 9-5 mundane job I would do it in a heart beat.

          If parents had done their job college kids wouldn’t have to have lectures on the topic.

        • Marie

          Well.
          You asked for it.

          First of all, I’m not a Progressive or a Socialist and how does a Doctor fit into the picture? Since Bristol isn’t one. As far as she’s concerned, I think it would have been good for her to address her peers on the subject of abstenance. But at the tune of 20k?
          No!
          Do I work for free you ask?
          Yes.
          It’s called volunteering.
          AND,
          I have a friend who is unemployed. But she and her husband take money out of their OWN pockets, (and they aren’t rich) to purchase pocket sized booklets called “The Constitution Of The United States” (If you’ve been to a TEA Party Rally you might have been given one) They hand these out to people for FREE simply to educate people in their community. They’re not looking for anything else in return.
          And I’ve also met a lot of people who are active in the TEA Party Movement who work hard for FREE.

          Sorry for the rant.
          But I’ll stubbornly hold to my opinion ~ even if she is Sarah Palin’s daughter.

          • There is one big difference there…. Choice

            You and your friend CHOOSE to give away your time or products.

            Bristol Palin CHOOSES to charge for her time (of which, if history held true most of the money would be donated to the charities she supports)

            Many Professional Speakers esp. on the “Conservative” and “Libertarian” side of the aisle use their Popularity to get those fees in order to help the causes they were speaking about.

      • Samantha

        Actually, the students, in a year, very likely pay more than $20,000 to Planned Parenthood. Wouldn’t it be nice to be told you don’t have to sell yourself short and it’s okay to respect your body? I’ve heard of the mocking of Bristol Palin from people who have called her some pretty awful names. Names normally reserved for prostitutes by those who must name-call. As I had to point out to my husband (yes, I’m married to a lefty!) when he referred to her as “common” as in trash. ….I had to remind him how many “boyfriends” our young adult daughters have lived with over the years. I’m not proud but they are still our daughters. However, compared to them and, unfortunately, many of the young people at Washington University, Bristol is squeaky clean. Glad to see our kids married and happy but we have no right to throw stones at this young woman. I wish the fee weren’t so high but Clinton makes money speaking, as do many politicians, stars and business people. I would love to see education become important again. The liberals have been running our school systems for more than a quarter of a century now….much more and it’s in the toilet. We are not even in the top five for education anymore. Someone point out that college can be for education and not just experimental living? Heaven forbid! How would Planned Parenthood support itself? Oh yes, taxpayers help….

        • Marie

          Yes, you’re right, whether we like it or not our tax dollars are funding abortions. I’m a Pro-Life, right-winger, and I’ve been called a few choice words myself for my beliefs. I’ve also defended Sarah and her children on many occasions.
          As I’ve already said, I see a lot of average Americans making REAL sacrifices in this country every day. . .to me, that’s heroism.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with selling tickets to cover fees, however I am surprised that the Philadelphia abortionist wasn’t invited first, to share his so very liberally popular methods of birth control, abstinence counseling is only for the less enlightened. No one deserves to be “punished” with a baby for being irresponsible, the liberals and especially Obama’s views are so much more humane. How could pulling a baby from a woman piece by piece or leaving a baby who survives an abortion unattended for as long as necessary, be considered anything but enlightened and humane. You know, The Chicago Way.

  • Anonymous

    Of course we all know why it was cancelled, really. She is perceived as conservative, which is anathema to the tenured, entrenched liberalism of Colleges and Universities. She is an extension of Sarah and once removed for the ever-slashing claws of hard-left liberals.

    The ideology of liberalism cannot thrive where truth competes. Conservatives are egged, shouted off stage and forced out of these venues in many different ways. These institutions are soul snatching entities where traditional Judeo-Christian traditions are despised and warred against. Conservative ideas and Christian ideals, are handcuffed, refuffed and snuffed. There’s nothing right about it.

    • John

      She was cancelled because students didn’t want her on the abstinence panel. There are several reasons for this below. I’m a student at this institution and was involved. I also know students on student union who were involved in this decision.

      1) It is hypocritical for her to talk about abstinence
      2) The only reason she is famous is because of her mother, not because of her own experience
      3) She cannot hold an intelligent discussion (go watch videos fox news interviews of her)
      4) Students do not want to encourage and finance any of the 3 above
      5) $20,000 is a lot of money. We rarely shell out that much for speakers.

      That is the truth. Your ignorant generalizations are a shame to reasonable discussion.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks John. I’ll try and ignore your “ignorant generalizations” in numbers 1,2,3,and 4. Other than those 4 of the 5…you have a great point, which you could hurt yourself with.

        • Cheryl~

          Why do you have to call names? Why can’t you make your point without degrading the other person? You are doing the very thing you accuse people of doing to the Palins.

          The scriptures tell us in John 15:18 that the world will hate us because the world hated Jesus…I am sure the Palins are aware of this and perhaps this is why they are able to press on…if the world accepts and loves Christians then there is a problem and it is on our end.

          Let those speak without condeming even if they don’t agree with your point of view!

          • Rshill7

            I didn’t call any names did I Cheryl? I simply through the names called me back at the caller right by highlighting their own words. If you have a problem with that. You have a problem.

            • Anonymous

              correction: I simply “threw” the names…”

          • Anonymous

            Did the scripture tell us to shut up? Did it tell us to agree? Did it tell us to lie down and be trodden upon? I don’t think it did Cheryl. If you want to be a doormat you go right ahead. I will not be walked upon by empty skulls, whether that vacant skull be he or you.

            • “Therefore, be imitators of God, as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1

              Noone is saying you have to be a doormat or agree for the sake of agreeing.

              Christ showed us through His life perfect obedience to His Father. He became an example for us. “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother”

              “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless”. James 1:26

              I was just trying to encourage you that is all!

              • Anonymous

                Super.

        • Cheryl~

          Why do you have to call names? Why can’t you make your point without degrading the other person? You are doing the very thing you accuse people of doing to the Palins.

          The scriptures tell us in John 15:18 that the world will hate us because the world hated Jesus…I am sure the Palins are aware of this and perhaps this is why they are able to press on…if the world accepts and loves Christians then there is a problem and it is on our end.

          Let those speak without condeming even if they don’t agree with your point of view!

      • Anonymous

        1. So former drug addicts and alcoholics shouldn’t be allowed to talk about the dangers of their former habits because they’re “hypocrites?” Logic flawed.
        2. She is famous whether you like the reason or agree with its validity or not.
        3. I’ve not seen anything about her that would make me think that she couldn’t reach college-age girls with a powerful and straightforward message on abstinence, but if students on the abstinence panel honestly didn’t want her because she’s intellectually below a group of 18-22 year-old girls (and it wasn’t about the funds), then that’s their prerogative.
        5. $20,000 is a lot of money. You’re right, and have every right to use those funds for something else. How much did you all give Van Jones to come and spew his socialist crap? Just wondering.

        Your flawed logic is a shame to reasonable discussion.

        • That is fine they can tell people DON’T do what I did but THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT IN THE REAL WORLD that don’t do these things that do go to campuses to speak out aganist drugs, sex or whatever. AND THEY DO SERVE as EXCELLENT examples of strength and courage!

          • Anonymous

            Agreed!

            And those who have overcome or learned from their mistakes are also excellent examples of strength and courage. I was merely pointing out the flaw in “John”‘s discriminatory logic.

      • Anonymous

        John, are you ready to live by standard Number 1, if so good luck!

      • Anonymous

        John, you just got owned by the Right Scoop posters below. Go back and play more Xbox in your dorm room.

      • Samantha

        John, Oops! Your liberalism is showing…might want to zip up! It’s not hypocritical for her to talk about abstinence. She’s been there, done the mistakes. She actually would know what she’s talking about. I do believe it’s too much money, but how much heartache could it save some young people? If it helps a few stand strong…more power to her. Why not let young people know they are alternatives to sleeping w/every boy/girlfriend? Some of the most powerful Pro Life speakers I’ve ever heard? A woman who went through the pains of abortions aftermath after she and her husband decided that three children was enough and they aborted the fourth. A woman who worked in a management position in an abortion mill. Their stories were much more powerful than someone like me talking about the evils of abortion. Better to hear from those whose homes it it. Last year I had a man who was bitter on his deathbed because of the exact same decision he and his wife had made regarding their own family. He was “haunted” for the past twenty-eight years of the child that “should have been there”. Very sad indeed. How sad you are as a human being to not like someone because of their mother.

        • That is fine that she can bear witness to the idea that it is better to abstain than to risk getting pregnant after the fact-but kids, young adults need ROLE MODELS someone they can look up to that walks the hard road of abstaining! They are out there!

          I am not liberal-just because someone doesn’t agree with all that the Palins do or say doesn’t make them liberal.

          • Anonymous

            Unfortunately the audience is probably also nearly full of people who haven’t abstained, making an overcomer, someone who has done what they’ve done and changed, a better fit.
            Go for role models who have succeeded straight up if you like, but don’t discount the overcomers on bad logic.
            70%+ sexually active among college students…
            http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071115125827.htm

    • John

      She was cancelled because students didn’t want her on the abstinence panel. There are several reasons for this below. I’m a student at this institution and was involved. I also know students on student union who were involved in this decision.

      1) It is hypocritical for her to talk about abstinence
      2) The only reason she is famous is because of her mother, not because of her own experience
      3) She cannot hold an intelligent discussion (go watch videos fox news interviews of her)
      4) Students do not want to encourage and finance any of the 3 above
      5) $20,000 is a lot of money. We rarely shell out that much for speakers.

      That is the truth. Your ignorant generalizations are a shame to reasonable discussion.

  • Anonymous

    Did the Washington University’s Student Health Advisory Committee offer to pay Bristol to speak?

  • Anonymous

    Colleges have sex weeks now??? I thought we were paying our Elementary school teachers to teach our kids about sex when they were 10. Is this anything like all campus orgies? Trading partners like you might do at a nudist camp.

    What about teaching the kids the meaning of “vitriolic rhetoric” so they don’t make asses of themselves on Beck’s radio program?

    What about teaching them the difference between socialism, capitalism, and communism?

    What about teaching them that HAMAS is not a dip for crackers?

    • Anonymous

      They (a huge chunk) definitely know how to exhibit vitrioloc rhetoric they just don’t know it’s called that or how to spell it.

      The main reason I stopped by though is this. I’m offended by the “crackers” you stuck in there. That’s the C-word. The HAMAS thing is funny and I’m a cracker. See the problem?

  • It doesn’t matter why she is famous.The fact is she draws crowds and generates money for the university.Look at Megan Fox.She gets paid a ton of money just for looking hot whether she can act or not. Thats what its all about.How big a crowd these girls draw for given reasons.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, look at Megan McCain, how that bimbo gets on TV to say a word is beyond me. Would the school have her speak?

  • Mediaccess

    Yea, I love the Palins, but then they’re gonna have someone else. The college is paying the money out anyway. But I agree with the people below, just that they’re spending an x amount to someone else to do the same thing – neither are right, and an entrance fee would have been the most appropriate gig.

  • leftists sure do act a lot like the nazis, huh?

  • 3seven77

    As I understood it, the $20,000 was not for Bristol alone but for a *panel* of speakers.

    It was undoubtedly about Bristol being who she is… but then again think about the concept of an “abstinence” speaker at a university. Is it possible to teach a bunch of “young women rejoicing in their womanhood” to keep their legs closed anyway?

    • Cheryl~

      Unfortunately, Christian or not too many women live recklessly with their bodies!

      • Anonymous

        Why “namecall” Cheryl ??????? Hypocrite!

        • Did you know these facts:

          Who’s having abortions:

          Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical”.

          So if you add up the numbers of those people that call themselves Christian you come up with alot of abortions are done by Christian women.

          Statistics provided by:www.abortionno.org

          • Anonymous

            Super duper. I’m guessing you wouldn’t need an abortion as you probably eat
            your own. Go away please.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I read that the 20,000 was for the panel too, also Bristol’s replacement Dr. Plax is the recipient of a two year fellowship from the Soros Foundation.

      • Rshill7

        WELL, ISN’T THAT A CO-OINK-EE-DINK?

  • Anonymous

    In November, the Washington U extremist, hypocrite, socialists warmly welcomed to their campus van jones – “You Lie!” hussein’s former czar and avowed COMMUNIST RADICAL nut-job. Compare that with bristol palin’s treatment and you’ll understand the term “freedom of speech” at taxpayer-funded lunatic-left colleges.

  • Nitish

    being a WashU alum, i remember some other questionable speakers from the past.
    if you look at the Assembly Series speaker list, it also includes Nation of Islam head honcho Farrakhan and Black Panther founder Bobby Seale.
    … but Bristol Palin is ‘too controversial’

  • I don’t buy that this was really about money. Wash. U. is the St. Louis area’s version of Harvard. It has endowments and a lot of wealthy former graduates who donate large sums of money. This was about politics and nothing else. If her last name were Clinton and she were talking about the same topic, she would have been allowed to speak.

  • SteveCan

    Free Speech for me … But not for thee!