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Yale student paper blames free speech for gay club shooting

ANALYSIS: Links shooting at a gay club in Colorado Springs to an event with Alliance Defending freedom attorney

Yale University officials are complicit in the violence against LGBTQ individuals because they did not immediately shut down an event that featured a socially conservative attorney, according to the campus newspaper.

The Yale Daily News editorial board argued today that violence against LGBTQ people, like the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs several weeks ago, could be linked to criticism of transgenderism or homosexuality from people like Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner or the organization itself. ADF is a Christian legal nonprofit.

The newspaper editors ignored the claim by the suspected shooter’s attorneys that their client is “non-binary” and uses “they/them” pronouns to blame conservatives for the deadly shooting that killed five people.

“As a university, Yale has not only failed to formally condemn these attacks, but has also, in the past, provided platforms to many of the individuals who peddle the abhorrent lies that lead to violence against queer individuals,” the editorial board wrote.

It cited a March speech by Waggoner, a successful Supreme Court litigator, as an example of speech that should be shut down. The newspaper did not include in its editorial that leftist students did shut down the event by shouting.

“Yale must recognize that while free speech is important to the intellectual health of the University, as an institution with disproportionate national and international influence, it has an ethical responsibility to consider the implications of whom it affords prestigious and powerful platforms,” the paper wrote.

“What message is Yale sending to its students, especially its queer students, when it amplifies and creates space for individuals who foster hate, division and violence?” the paper wrote, not so subtly linking Waggoner and ADF to the Colorado shooter.

In addition to shutting down critics of transgenderism and homosexuality, the university should also fund transgender drugs and surgeries the newspaper argued.

The university’s health plan should “include reproductive and gender-affirming care,” the newspaper argued. “Reproductive” healthcare is a term that often includes abortion.

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.