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Katz: Cowardly Notre Dame Students Afraid Of Vice-President Mike Pence

Some Fighting Irish students fear him coming to campus to give a commencement address. WIBC Morning Host Tony Katz delivers them a more frightening reality

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Earlier today, WIBC Morning Host Tony Katz ran across an article that made him stop cold. According to The Federalist, students from Indiana's own University of Notre Dame are unhappy that Vice-President Mike Pence (the former Indiana governor) is going to speak at their commencement.

The students (not all, but some) say Pence coming to campus makes them feel "unsafe." On Facebook, they invited the student body to protest with them (Don't look for the page, as the link no longer works):

We are inviting all those who would like to participate to take photos, holding a white board in your hands with direct quotes from Pence that are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, offensive, or ostracizing to members of our community.

 

You may also write why you feel unsafe with the presence of Mike Pence on our campus. All Seniors and those graduating this may are invited to use the hashtag #NotMyCommencementSpeaker and everyone else is invited to use the hashtag #NotMyVicePresident.

Tony responded on-air (hear his commentary below) and on Twitter. And it went viral:

Over 1000 people and counting liked and retweeted Tony's message, overwhelmingly agreeing with Tony's sentiment: What some Notre Dame students are doing is not about strength or decency. It's cowardice. College should be a place where ideas are freely expressed. Instead, we have too many reports of students unable to deal with dissenting or differing views.

If the Greatest Generation had acted like these Notre Dame students, as Tony says, "We'd all be speaking German today." Here are just some of the responses:

Listen to Tony's quick commentary below. You can hear Tony Katz every morning, 6-10am, on 93.1FM WIBC and WIBC.com, as well as the iHeartRadio app and TuneIn.

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