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Iowa Federation of College Republicans Kicks Iowa State University Chapter Out of Network for an “Insensitive” Tweet

Just the Latest in Thought Policing Promoted by So-Called “Conservative” Organizations

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On November 10, 2020, the Iowa Federation of College Republicans (IFCR) proceeded to defederate Iowa State College Republicans simply for making tweets that offended its leadership.

The Iowa Federation of College Republicans (IFCR) moved to defederate Iowa State College Republicans on the basis of inflammatory tweets, inappropriate behavior and disregard for fellow citizens Tuesday, according to a news release.

In a statement, the IFCR leadership declared:

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Although we all identify as Republicans, the IFCR Executive Board and Central Committee wish to convey inclusivity and diversity of opinions; including within the party structure.

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The leaders added:

While we do promote civil discourse over these ideas, we as a federation unequivocally condemn any real or perceived threat of violence.

Ryan Hurly, the president of the Iowa State College Republicans, had choice words about this move by the IFCR leadership. Hurley declared, “The motion to defederate us is a very weak move and a fine example of cancel culture on the right.” The Iowa State CR president added, “Whatever happens, we are excited to bring genuine conservatism and patriotism to Iowa State University.”

After the media announced Joe Biden as the projected winner of the 2020 election, the Iowa State College Republicans twitter account made a post calling on fellow conservatives to brace themselves for the uncertainty that lies ahead.

The account tweeted on November 7, “Everyone, you must arm up, expect these people to attempt to destroy your life, the elites want revenge on us.”

The ISU Police Department was informed about this tweet due to several students believing that it constituted threatening language. However, police officer Kaitlyn Boor said the tweet did not merit any legal action.

“At this point, I get why it might be a little alarming for some to read,” Boor stated. “But they do have that right to kind of post what they want to. But with something like this— and I’m more than happy to pass it along to my supervisors and make them aware of it— it’s not all too alarming.”

Twitter ended up temporarily restricting Iowa State College Republicans’ account but it is now up and running. Unsurprisingly, College Democrats have called on ISU to take action against Hurley for his tweet.

Hower, Hurley told the Des Moines Register that “Our thought in writing the tweet was to support everyone in their right to bear arms.” He added, “People have sickly twisted it. Violence is not our intent.”

BLP was able to reach out to Hurley to get his side of the story. He alluded to IFCR attacking America First members of the CRs:

The Iowa Federation has impeached Trump supporting candidates this year. We have always been unabashedly patriotic and America First, while they have not been. They’ve never supported us in any way while we doorknocked, made calls, etc.

He added that the IFCRs “were looking to get rid of us, they’ve strongly disagreed with us from the start on several key issues. They’ve been asked repeatedly to explain their reasoning and they cannot.”

The conservative student leader stressed that his tweet was about reminding “people of their Second Amendment rights” and he asserted that “in a Biden administration, we likely would see several weapon regulations, so we wanted to encourage any prospective purchasers to act now. No violent intent.”

Hurley concluded by revealing that members of his organization will be participating in marches and rallies, while others will be helping out candidates in Georgia.

The fact that a Republican organization is willing to kick out fellow Republicans for harmless calls to action is indicative of a political culture that has no respect for free speech. It’s not just the Left, but it’s also the establishment Right that poses a threat to any meaningful discourse at university campuses.

 

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Baylor University Students Rallied in Favor of Removing Monument of the University’s Co-Founder

Even Texas isn’t safe from woke iconoclasm.

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America’s culturally radical experiment will never end. 

On February 1, 2021, a number of Baylor University students kicked off a protest in front of the statue of Judge Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, calling for its removal. According to the Baylor Lariat, the demonstration took place on the 176th anniversary of Baylor University’s  founding and the first day of Black History Month.

According to Dion J. Pierre of Campus Reform, the protesters were dressed in all-black and held Black Lives Matter signs as they surrounded the statue for a photograph.

 “The point of the picture is not to remove Judge Baylor as a whole,” student Sam Onilenla commented.  “It’s to remove Judge Baylor from campus. I don’t want to see it on campus because I know I’m not supposed to be here, according to him. Having him off campus is going to be the start of racial healing.” 

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Onilenla continued by observing that Baylor was a “slave owner…and Confederacy supporter” whose effigy has no place “right in front of Waco Hall.” 

“There’s nothing religious about killing slaves or having those ideas,” Onilenla declared.

The Baylor student wants the Baylor statue to be moved to the Mayborn Museum. 

The protest of this statue was motivated by an incident in January when the Baylor University Police Department was called in to address a noise complaint against black students in the library. 

One officer allegedly said, “this is not a basketball arena. This is a study area.” 

According to the Baylor Lariat, the students were offended by the officers’ statement, which led them to create a petition that ended up receiving over 3,000 signatures.

On February 16 to 17, the Baylor Board of Regents reviewed a report and heard presentations by the Commission on Historic Campus Representations. This commission was set up in 2020 to determine if any “statues, buildings, or other tangible tributes on the Waco campus reflect a racist past.” 

This entity will likely determine the fate of the Baylor monument.

Texas has not been exempt from the cultural radicalism that most of the nation has been subjected to during the last year.

In a BLP report, athletes at the University of Texas were considering the removal of “The Eyes of Texas” song because of its supposedly racial connotations.

Texas right-wingers need to get ready to defend their heritage. The fights ahead will be cultural in nature and very much outside the milquetoast economic subjects they generally talk about.

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