Conservative Views Too ‘Painful,’ Students Petition Law School to Cancel Immigration Debate

As part of its “Social Justice Monday” series, Seattle University Law School dean Annette Clark announced sponsorship of an upcoming debate on DACA would be withdrawn. 

The debate, which was slated to be over illegal immigration, would allegedly contain “hateful xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric” viewpoints which would be “harmful” to “undocumented students.”

Bloomberg Law reports the event was originally co-hosted by the school’s Federalist Society which is a nationwide conservative organization that aims to promote the originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

The debates goal was to examine the DACA program which is currently under review by the Trump administration.

For the more sensitive students at the school, the topic of the debate was a large issue which couldn’t be ignored. More than 200 students signed an online petition demanding the school cancel the event.

“We refuse to sit by and let hateful xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric be a part of the culture/message/speech of Seattle University School of Law and Seattle University as a whole,” the original petition stated, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon. “We demand the school act on behalf of its undocumented students, and instead of co-sponsoring programming which is harmful to them, they should foster an environment which is safe for them and for everyone else on campus.”

Following the petition, law school dean Annette Clark announced that the institution would remove its sponsorship as part of its “Social Justice Monday” series. Instead, the event would “go forward under the sole sponsorship of the Federalist Society.”

According to Bloomberg, Clark explained the current administration’s policy on DACA “generated great fear within vulnerable immigrant communities and has caused real harm, making discussions of immigration policy that include a conservative viewpoint even more painful and anxiety- and anger-producing for those individuals and families who are at risk (and for their allies).”

“In other words, we should have taken into account the historical moment in which this program was going to be presented as a Social Justice Monday and what that would mean to marginalized individuals in our community,” Clark added.

The spokesperson for the law school told Campus Reform the event “is an appropriate program to be held at our law school under the sponsorship of the student organization,” pointing out that “students who object have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of their viewpoints, as is appropriate for students who are training to be lawyers.”

For the next “Social Justice Monday,” perhaps they’ll organize a book burning.

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  1. Hairatic Rick

    October 11, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Aww, The REAL Lost Generation! You heard it here first, boys and girls. ????

  2. BorderGuard

    October 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    FILTHY ILLEGALS won’t even listen to what you have to say. DISGUSTING.

    • True.Epic.Crusader

      October 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      So WE shouldn’t listen to what THEY have to say.
      …actually, we never should have! They’re criminals. Kick them out!

  3. Syrkai

    October 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    What ever happened to the days where; if you didn’t like something you would walk away.

  4. AverageJoe1987

    October 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    LIbs know the facts are against them, so they’d rather cancel the debate and cry racist rather than let the facts be heard

    • SterlingMaloryArcher

      October 12, 2017 at 3:25 am

      Anyone who can’t deal with opposing viewpoints might as well move to an Autocratic society (North Korea..)

  5. mav3rick

    October 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    So, a law school can’t hold a debate now… I’m speechless.

    • ranterator

      October 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      The beginning of the end of western civilization, going all the way back to the Greek philosophers to idiot colleges we have now… Great job educators!

    • Dreamkeepers

      October 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Speechless is precisely the goal.

      • mav3rick

        October 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        …like an abuser, taking away a voice.

    • SterlingMaloryArcher

      October 12, 2017 at 3:24 am

      I swear it would have been a story from the Onion 10yr ago..

      • Crowbar

        October 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        Weirdly xenophilic americaphobes will brook no discussion as it may introduce some “toxic” truth into their social calculus. Why should or does anyone even listen to these willfully close-minded idiots let alone call them out on it? Amen to your Onion observation. Liberals, expanding the bounds of good taste, logic and clear thinking for over 50 years.

  6. ranterator

    October 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Wouldn’t want to offend people that break the law, or attend a college on the taxpayers dime…

  7. Fred Herbertsh

    October 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Oh, the pain, DOH THE PAIN OF IT ALLLLL!!!

  8. Craig Sonoma

    October 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm


  9. BeavertonSteve

    October 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    “Objection your honor, too painful to listen to!”

  10. Robert Eder

    October 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    After these snowflakes graduate and become actual Lawyers, who wants to HIRE THOSE LOSERS. There should be a database of UN-HIRE-ABLE losers. I don’t like lawyers to begin with, let alone someone who p…..s his pants because of a simple debate. SMH. How can we protect ourselves from hiring dysfunctional graduates?

  11. Lorandel

    October 12, 2017 at 2:37 am

    I am little confused now. I thought illegals should be afraid of deportation…

  12. Jim Madison

    October 12, 2017 at 2:43 am

    What’s so appalling is that their behavior is objectively irrational. The assertion that “hateful xenophobic” sentiment is an inherent component to debating immigration is paranoid. It is not a reasonable assessment of the conditions of the debate. And yet it won the argument. I would have to conclude that the dean was not an impartial arbiter in this matter.
    This is quite literally a group of humans turning objective reality on its head in order to claim an utter untruth is a truth. The dean’s enabling is just a sad, pathetic artistic collegiate protest to reality. Damn you reality! We mock and protest you, universe of innate inequality!

  13. Keith Rowley

    October 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

    God help these snowflakes when they get to the real world! And BTW “undocumented” = “illegal”!

  14. Agent 99

    October 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Because truth hurts.

  15. Terrance Riley

    October 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

    The Left: “Since there is no argument on our side that makes any social or economic sense and everything we do is based on feelings, let’s just do what we always do; cancel everything relevant and call our opponents names.”

  16. Steve O

    October 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    An embarrassingly large proportion of liberals don’t even know the basic elements of conservative positions on the various issue. It’s an intentional ignorance that makes them unfit to participate in a back-and-forth discussion anyway.

  17. Renee Coffey

    October 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I’m confused on how illegals got into law school in the first place

  18. Kate Haman

    October 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    We have come to live in a world where there is no meaning to anything except going against the established rule of law, rule of courtesy, rule of rightness and morality for the good of the whole. Ever’body wants to do they own thing, feel they feels, protest that which they already have, and people in the Arab States and Asia are willing and currently dying for! STFU already! Sheeesh!

  19. JuanCarlos

    October 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    The reason there can be no discussions with liberals is because liberals refuse to acknowledge that there can be another opinion than theirs.

  20. Tricky Dick

    October 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    If a debate is too painful,l how in the world are these snowflakes going to be able to handle life and all the things it’s going to throw at them. Pathetic parenting and a worthless school system have failed these people miserably. God help them and us if there’s ever a draft re-implemented in this country and we go to war.

  21. Wild Bill

    October 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    And these people want to be lawyers?!?! They’ll be eaten alive.

  22. Wild Bill

    October 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    And these people want to be lawyers?!?! They’ll be eaten alive.

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