- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The all-women’s Scripps College has disinvited conservative columnist George Will from speaking at an upcoming event over a June article in which he questioned the Obama administration’s statistics on college sexual assaults.

Mr. Will, a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, was scheduled to speak at the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, in Claremont, California, but Scripps President Lori Bettison-Varga issued a statement to the campus confirming that Mr. Will was no longer invited, the Claremont Independent reported.

“The issue of sexual assault is complex, serious, and personal to Scripps students,” Ms. Bettison-Varga wrote.

She said the campus invited Mr. Will because they believed the community would benefit from an intellectual debate with a prominent conservative.

“We do not shy away from bringing strong conservative viewpoints into our community,” Ms. Bettison-Varga continued. “Sexual assault is not a conservative or liberal issue. And it is too important to be trivialized in a political debate or wrapped into a celebrity controversy.”

“For that reason, after Mr. Will authored a column questioning the validity of a specific sexual assault case that reflects similar experiences reported by Scripps students, we decided not to finalize the speaker agreement,” she said.

In his Washington Post column, Mr. Will downplayed a 2013 case of alleged rape at Swarthmore College, and accused the Obama administration of “riding to the rescue of ‘sexual assault’ victims.”

“It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults,” he wrote.

He defended his column in an interview with C-SPAN stating, “When dubious statistics become the basis of dubious and dangerous abandonment of due process, it’s my job to step in and say, ‘Everyone take a deep breath,’” The Huffington Post reported.

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