It is no big secret that conservative values are not welcome on most college campuses. One of Eagle Forum’s important missions is defending free speech on campus so that conservative students’ voices can be heard. One other way that we work with college students is with our annual Collegians Leadership Summit, held in Washington DC every summer. Students hear from conservative speakers and authors on the issues that are most fiercely debated on college campuses, including immigration, abortion, economic policy, religious freedom, and education.
At this year’s summit, students were able to hear from Dr. Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation on the future of marriage and religious freedom. This is especially important for college students because so many are deceived by liberal arguments. Dr. Anderson pointed out that the goal of these liberals is to “intimidate people into being silent.” The reason why fighting same-sex marriage advocates is so intimidating is because gays immediately label anything that does not agree with what they say as “hate speech.” They will take innocent bakers, photographers, caterers, and other business people to court for simply exercising their right not to support views that they do not agree with. Dr. Anderson warned the collegians that gays are making it “costly to stand in defense of marriage.”
Thankfully, the Eagle Forum Collegians Summit is a place where conservative college students can go to get the truth that liberals try to suppress. Dr. Anderson told students that same-sex marriage does not affect only the two individuals who marry, but everyone around them. We have a duty to subsequent generations of Americans to create a culture where children can have both a mother and a father, and no confusion about which is which. The traditional family is the foundation on which America was built, and that is a message that college students need to hear.
Listen to the radio commentary here: