The anti-Trump movement continues to pick up new members, this time it’s an entire university. And as you read this article, keep in mind, this is the same university that was willing to support an on-campus group that wanted to raise money for members of ISIS.
According to Peter Fricke, an investigative reporter at CampusReform.org, Barry University President, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, and the Executive Committee of the Administration at BU, determined that Trump’s campaign rhetoric conflicts with the university’s mission. Therefore, the school is disconnecting its relations with all businesses and organizations in which Trump holds a senior leadership position.
The Barry University golf team is the first casualty of the new ban. According to Campus Reform, the men’s golf team had previously been allowed to practice, free of charge, at the highly desirable Trump Doral course three to four times per year. Now they will pay fees to play on public courses.
In the past, Bevilacqua and her staff have publicly advocated and supported the development of an Islamic State club on campus and opening public higher-education to illegal aliens.
Last year, an undercover student working with Project Veritas convinced university officials to allow her to start a “pro-ISIS club” on campus. The club, the student explained, would raise funds on campus to send overseas to members of the Islamic State.
“They are terrorists, but we’re trying to help them. We’re trying to educate them and give them funding so that they don’t have to be impoverished and get involved in acts of violence,” she said.
All three university officials who were interviewed expressed their support for the club.
The student was later suspended for “creation of a hostile environment for members of the university staff.” Bevilacqua, as president of a Catholic institution founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, denounced her students’ actions as “reprehensible,” but said nothing of her staffers’ support of ISIS.
In 2014, an Imam was invited to campus for an “Interfaith” prayer service on Sept. 11 and led students in a chant of “Allah Akbar.” Bevilacqua acknowledged that the phrase has been co-opted by extremists, yet defended its usage as “fitting” for the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11.
Just last year, Bevilacqua sent a letter (again with several of her fellow administrators) to all Republican presidential candidates leading up to the first GOP debate. In the letter, she and her peers urged all candidates to address climate change and consider the evils of capitalism. They invoked the words of Pope Francis, who had just released his papal encyclical on global warming, and asked their political leaders to acknowledge the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” as one and the same.
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