Rutgers Faculty Embarrassing In Treatment of Secretary Rice

Rutgers Faculty Embarrassing In Treatment of Secretary Rice

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after Rutgers’ University faculty again voted to rescind former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak at the upcoming commencement:

“Rutgers-Newark faculty’s recent vote is nothing short of an attempt by professors to censor a view different then their own and flies in the face of the mission of a state university to provide students the opportunity to develop their own world views. Secretary Rice’s life story is a great example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and hard work. Who better to inspire students at commencement than an African American woman who rose to become the U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking member of the Presidents Cabinet?

“Would fellow former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receive this same treatment from Rutgers faculty because of Benghazi? Of course not. Political figures are regular fixtures at university commencements. On the very day these faculty voted to rescind Secretary Rice’s invitation the university announced U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will address students on campus on March 24.This is a blatant attempt to silence a speaker because of her world view.

“I commend Rutgers President Robert Barchi for reaffirming the selection of Secretary Rice as commencement speaker.”

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