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College graduates booed a Wyoming senator giving a commencement address after she referenced the “existence of two sexes.”
GOP Sen. Cynthia Lummis found herself on the receiving end of University of Wyoming students’ ire as she tried to make the case that government overreach has led legislators to think the government is the granter, rather than the protector, of rights and truths.
The article goes on to state the following:
“There are those in government who believe not that the creator endowed us with inalienable rights … but that government created those rights,” Lummis said in the speech. “And the government should redefine those rights, including our rights to freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and to keep and bear arms. Even fundamental scientific truths — such as the existence of two sexes, male and female — are subject to challenge these days.”
Immediately, an uproar of protests could be heard, as the students began booing and yelling in opposition.
Lummis paused for a moment as the protests and jeers filled the room, then she continued, saying, “I’m not making a comment on the fact that there are people who transition between sexes.”
“I personally question how, under our Constitution, we could forbid in-person worship services during a pandemic while labeling liquor stores as essential and keeping them open… and how the creation of a government disinformation board is not an affront to free speech,” she added.
UWYO News journalist Tony Webster slammed the senator’s remarks on Twitter, and shared a copy of an “apology” statement from the university president, Ed Seidel.
Seidel stated, “One of our speakers made remarks regarding biological sex that many on campus take issue with. While we respect the right of all to express their views, from students to elected officials, we unequivocally state that UW is an institution that supports and celebrates its diverse communities that collectively make us the wonderful place that we are.”
“many on campus take issue with” – I mean, thanks, but could this statement get any weaker? pic.twitter.com/qnWHqB17sR
— Tony Webster (@webster) May 15, 2022
On Monday, the University released a longer and harsher “apology” statement for Sen. Lummis’ remarks, declaring, “Unfortunately, during one of the ceremonies, there was reason for pause amid the celebration which we want to address. One of the commencement speakers, Wyoming U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, offered the following statement: ‘Even fundamental scientific truths such as the existence of the two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days.’ Our faculty, staff and students know that is not the scientific truth.”
The university’s statement launched into an explanation about “diverse chromosomal makeup” and declared, “Regardless of biological sex, gender has a wide variety of expression.”
The university said they “deeply regret the harmful impact these words at our graduation ceremony may have had on those graduating as well as their families and friends.”
A much better statement from the University of Wyoming this morning. (And regardless of one’s opinion, I still can’t believe Sen. Lummis thought a commencement speech was the appropriate venue for her remarks.) pic.twitter.com/eiBwucCQ9W
— Tony Webster (@webster) May 16, 2022
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