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CEO of Babylon Bee Disinvited to Speak at Chapel Because of His Political and Spiritual Beliefs

Seth Dillon was disinvited to speak at his alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dillon is also the CEO of the wildly popular publication The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire outlet. His appearance was scheduled for September 30 but was canceled because the university was concerned about Dillon speaking during chapel.

Dillon has been outspoken on his social media and made claims that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization. As a consequence, some students did not want Dillon to speak at the service because they believe that his content disrespects and degrades the LGBTQ and black community.

While being interviewed by Campus Reform, Dillon says “Cancel culture has come for me, I’m just too dangerous and divisive to be permitted to speak on the campus of my alma mater. Since when do you have to support terrorist organizations that use violence and intimidation to advance their agenda to be welcome on a Christian campus?”

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Steve Eshelman the PBA Director of Alumni Relations emailed Dillon and wanted him to get rid of the first five minutes of freestyle speaking that was scheduled for the beginning of the event. After the events that took place on social media PBA wanted to take action.

On Twitter Dillon posted, “After I was slandered by @IsomRig and others as a racist — and a cancel mob inundated the school with emails — @PBAUniversity decided they didn’t want me to appear in chapel since that is a ‘sacred place,’”

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Reportedly, faculty members of PBA reached out to Dillon saying that they “did not want to compromise sacredness of a chapel gathering.” They knew students were upset from the posts Dillon posted on social media and the faculty members decided the Warren Library would be a better place for Dillon to speak.

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In the interview with Campus Reform, Dillon explained that “the Bishop would not explicitly tell me what I’d said or done that made my presence in the chapel suddenly inappropriate. I told her that if I’m not welcome in their chapel, then I don’t feel welcome on their campus.”

In a meeting with the PBA President Debra Schwinn, Laura Bishop and Dillon they said that they would try to find opportunities for him to come and speak again in the chapel.

Dillon said in an interview with Campus Reform, “Cancel culture is a destructive disease, and Palm Beach Atlantic University is not immune to it.” He continued, “We need more backbone and less coddling in our Christian institutions. And we need it yesterday.”

This piece was written by Jennifer Harris on October 4, 2020. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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