Old Homophobe To Speak at Fordham

That’s right kids, Newt Gingrich is being paid to do his lil’ Lazarus act upon the Republican party right here at Rose Hill, according to the internet’s sister blog, The Liberty Forum. Here’s what our favorite friends had to say over at Dullard Central:

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and leader of the 1994 Republican Revolution, will be speaking at Fordham University on April 20, 2009. 

What is this? Did the Spice Girls reunion open a sort of terrible pandora’s box that has dispersed nostalgia for the terrible 90s upon the universe? Where the hell did they dig up Newt from, anyways? I thought he had resigned to writing terrible sub- Tom Clancy novels and giving his two cents on that cable news network for people who can’t read (FOX News)? Wasn’t the high water mark for Newt, uh, 12 years ago?

 

Newt Gingrich, former headline maker...
Newt Gingrich, headline maker...

 

For those of you in the know, Fordham’s lead dunce, Chadwick E. Ciocci, had called upon 1994’s favorite rotund Republican to become the de-facto leader of the headless GOP, beating out such esteemed colleagues as Rush Limbaugh and Michael Steele.

Nevertheless, we have been assured that his delightfully chubby visage will be gracing our emerald campus on April 20th, and you heard that here first folks (’cause no one, ‘cept us, reads the Liberty Forum).

-Charles

14 thoughts

  1. I read the Liberty Forum, if by read, you mean that the new posts arrive in my RSS feed reader and I promptly hit “delete.”

  2. Watch out, Newt. We secular and gay fascists are willing to use violence, to use harassment.

  3. Typical Left wing nonsense. Rather than attempt to engage Gingrich in a serious argument about the issues, you losers lob insult grenades from afar. Unfortunately this is the MO of Left wing nuts these days. Can’t win an argument, so we’ll call people “homophobes,” etc. Silly, silly lemmings.

  4. When Newt Gingrich commented on Prop. 8 protesters on “The O’Reilly Factor” he said:

    “I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence…. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion.”

    That is, by definition, being afraid of gay people, i.e., homophobia.

  5. Don’t you all remember how many wives/affairs Newt has had, yet he still called for Clinton’s impeachment. He asked his wife for a divorce when she was undergoing chemo and has her sign a post-nup when she was a few hours out of surgery. Don’t you just love Family Values? Being gay is an abomination, but having affairs is totally cool, as long as it is not a bj with an intern and you are a democrat

  6. “Rather than attempt to engage Gingrich in a serious argument about the issues, you losers lob insult grenades from afar. Unfortunately this is the MO of Left wing nuts these days. Can’t win an argument, so we’ll call people “homophobes,” etc. Silly, silly lemmings”

    Has Newt ever opened up to the possibility of publicly debating gay rights issues with a gay rights activist? Not to my knowledge. Instead he get’s $40-50k to speak for an hour and then to answer a number of questions which will probably be screened. Is that any opportunity to engage him in a “serious argument?” I don’t think so.

    People should know who they’re dealing with before the Stop-the-Obama-Secularist-Socialism- shit hits the fan on April 20th.

  7. It is completely absurd to me that there is even the slightest bit of issue with the fact that Newt Gingrich is coming to speak. He is by far the most influential and famous lecturer Fordham has hosted in quite some time, from the research I’ve done. You can disagree with him (I do), think he’s a homophobe, a pig, whatever. But at the end of the day, it’s press for the school and puts us on the level with other universities hosting big name speakers. Most prestigious universities allot over half a million dollars towards inviting speakers and guest lecturers to their schools. You are all aware of the plan to move Fordham up in the rankings. Gaining attention like this is part of that. Don’t act so surprised. When Fordham moves up, so does the worth of your degree.

    Not to mention, this event wasn’t done by the University. My roomate expalined to me that The College Republicans worked their tails off for over two years to have Newt Gingrich come speak. There is absolutely no reason why PSJ or College Democrats or any other of the more liberal groups on campus can’t do the same thing. Take initiative. You want someone who is more progressive and maintains a liberal platform? I’m all for it. Get your asses in gear and do it. Obviously, it’s not an impossibility.

    Not to mention, those “dunces” over at the College Republican meetings seem to have their act together more than any other politically affiliated group at this school. I’m a freshman who isn’t even Republican or conservative, yet I can see that they always seem to be organized and their events are well planned out.

    My biggest bone of contention with the liberal groups on this campus (and why I haven’t joined one) is that you guys see fit to rampantly bash anyone with ideas that are different than yours in a way that is completely tasteless. I’m friends with a couple people in College Republicans and they are not racists, homophobes, or dullards. Moreover, they handle themselves with class in the face of persistent ridicule by the Paper and this blog. Understand that you’re using a peer’s name as an insult. It’s classless and a poor reflection on the Paper’s credibility .

  8. Dear Fed Up Freshman,
    Thank you for your thoughts, one minor quip I would have with your argument would be that Fordham does often host “big name” speakers, like the Reverend Al Sharpton, Dan Rather, etc, but they’re usually done through things like the “American Lecture Series” as opposed to being sponsored by a club.

    That being said, it’s quite an achievement that the Young Republicans were able to get a $50,000 speaker, and to have convinced OSL&CD foot $15,000 of said bill. But, most clubs receive well under $15,000 for a full semester’s budget and are often denied appeal funds because the programs they’d life to see come to light don’t “fit” with Fordham’s “Jesuit Values.” The issue that myself and the paper have with Newt coming to Fordham is that we don’t think that Newt’s intolerant rhetoric used to speak about Spanish speaking citizens and his rhetoric on homosexuals and the struggle for gay rights SHOULD “fit” with our “Jesuit Values,” because it’s often hateful, ignorant and intolerant; to us it screams hypocrisy on the part of the powers that be.

    On top of that, the $15,000 that went towards Newt belonged not to the Young Republicans, but to each and every club, and in our eyes, this is a waste. “Improving the University’s standing” in some future poll is very low on our list of concerns, especially when it seems so often that getting Fordham “recognized” comes at the cost of improving student life in the present; (see: Vagina Monologues funding issues).

    -Charles

  9. If you are going to accuse us of criticism without merit, maybe you shouldn’t do the same. If you would take the time to read the publication you are pointing your finger at, you would notice that in our piece on Newt Gingrich in the latest issue we say:

    “We’re not suggesting that Gingrich shouldn’t be shut out of Fordham just because we don’t agree with him. We’re for all kinds of speech, even if we don’t agree with it. But if Fordham is going to continue to refer to their Jesuit ideals, their belief that every person deserves to be treated with dignity (something we wholeheartedly agree with), as their guidepost of whether they support something, someone or not, we at the paper think they deserve a gentle reminder of their hypocrisy.”

    We are by no means suggesting that a controversial speaker shouldn’t come to Fordham; we encourage it just as we did when Norman Finkelstein came to Fordham a few weeks ago (see, other groups on campus do stuff, too!), but as a publication on this campus it is our responsibility to keep tabs on administration and point out hypocritcal things like this.

    We will continue to rampantly criticize people’s opinions other than our own when their opinions are based on completely, oftentimes offensively, false information, such as the majority of the misinformed blog posts on the Liberty Forum. We do not, however, criticize people when their opinions are informed and educated. So when Chad Ciocci implies that Fordham’s security workers are “lazy” in The Ram last year because they did not want to work overtime for little money, that opinion deserves to be criticized. Or when Douglas Kohn says in the Liberty Forum, “Illegal aliens are bankrupting this country pure and simple,” that opinion deserves to be criticized. Heavily. Criticism starts a dialogue which is necessary to make any sort of progress.

  10. Newt is speaking for the “American Age Lecture Series.” I have been doing research on some Fordham history, “American Age” has been around since 1960 and, according to its original definition, aims to allow for dialogs on the “American Age.” When does the American Age end, really?

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