Students at the University of North Texas hysterically cited diversity when they created an online petition to remove Gov. Greg Abbott as their graduation keynote speaker.
The petition on change.org has gained over 2,500 signatures and cites political disagreements the students have with the governor.
“The University of North Texas’ student body is made up of students from all walks of life. Therefore, it is pivotal that our keynote speaker be someone who reflects not only our student population but our views on equality and representation,” the petition reads. “Governor Abbott is an advocate for immigration reform, border patrol, and anti-equal marriage laws. This does not align the spirit of the University of North Texas which prides itself in providing equal opportunities for their students.”
Because Abbott believes in a secure border, following immigration law and the definition of marriage that has been honored for thousands of years until about 10 minutes ago it is an affront to their “diversity.”
Apparently these student’s definition of diversity means only listening to opinions that echo their own.
University President Neal Smatresk responded to the petition by telling the Star-Telegram that he will not be replacing Abbott.
“He’s a new governor, he’s supportive of higher education,” Smatresk told the paper. “Why wouldn’t we want to celebrate the success of our institution in its 125th year with him?
“I feel it’s a great way to celebrate.”
The governor’s office said Abbott intends to honor his commitment and deliver the keynote speech.
“Gov. Abbott is honored to accept the invitation to address the University of North Texas’ commencement, and he looks forward to recognizing the great work UNT is doing to elevate Texas’ higher education system, as well as the contributions that the UNT Class of 2015 will make to build a better future for Texas,” press secretary Amelia Chasse said in a statement.
A good lesson for these students letting them know that trying to squash free speech does not promote diversity.
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