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Controversial speaker coming to USC Aiken, peaceful protest arranged in response



An upcoming student-sponsored event is bringing in a controversial speaker to USC Aiken. 

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry at USC Aiken will be hosting Patti Height, with Out of Egypt Ministries, who will be giving a lecture on “Conversation on Sexual/Gender Identity” on March 25 at 6 p.m. in the...

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  1. As someone that has worked at a university for many years I find it unsettling that people who profess to be arbiters of higher education (be it faculty, student or staff) still do not seem to understand how education, our constitution (and sometimes – common sense) works. To be truly educated, one must at least be willing to be exposed to, listen and then research ideas/speeches/programs that they may be opposed to or not understand. If opposition still exists and the same ideas/speeches/programs are happening somewhere then you have the right to not attend or offer a program on the opposing view. In this cancel culture we live in today, people seem to think that if they don’t agree with something, it just shouldn’t exist. I am pretty sure the world does not revolve around us as individuals, others are allowed to have their own thoughts and feelings and speak out on them. It is the nature of diversity that we don’t all speak, feel, think alike and it is our job as human beings to work through these differences (or just agree to disagree) rather than just “cancel” someone and their right to speak. I don’t agree in the least with this speaker but they have the right to speak.

  2. This article offers so many opportunities for an actual journalist to track down actual facts. Part of the broken function of journalism is that journalists have simply become stenographers and assemble quotes into a “story.” This person said… and this person said… but no attempt at finding or communicating what is true. No difficult questions to the people interviewed (on either side) asking them to substantiate their claims. Just a wall of text about people disagreeing. Complete professional failure.

  3. One of our most important rights is the freedom of speech. I commend USC-Aiken for allowing an alternative viewpoint to give balance to what is the current narrative. Hearing other opinions that do not agree with one’s own is how we learn and grow. I may not agree with a particular point of view, but I do agree that one has the right to express it. Otherwise, censorship becomes the soup du jour.

  4. I worked alongside LGBTQ people throughout my career. They didn’t discuss, promote, or capitalize on their lifestyle choices or claim victim status. The heterosexual workers didn’t either. It didn’t belong in the workplace. What really mattered was their work ethic, competence, experience, and productivity, characteristics that prove your worth to your employer and society. Lazy, late-for-work, incompetent, uncooperative, and bigoted workers were discriminated against. If this is the message of this presentation, go for it.

  5. The world was so much better when I didn’t have to know everyone’s sexual identity. I couldn’t even tell you if the majority of my teachers in school were married, their political leanings or any other facts about their personal life. They were not my friends or my peers they were there to teach a curriculum. They were not there to indoctrinate me into whatever lifestyle they subscribed to.

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