ADL Protests UST (MN) Cancellation of Tutu Speech

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota canceled a speech by Desmond Tutu, supposedly because of sensitivity to Jewish concerns because of Tutu’s criticism of Israel.

Is the ADL applauding? Not at all. They are “troubled by the implications” of the University’s decision.

While Archbishop Tutu is not a friend of Israel, we do not believe he is an anti-Semite. As you rightly point out in your letter, his words have often stung the Jewish community. However, while he may at times have crossed the line, we believe that he should have been permitted to speak on your campus.

UST Faculty have also complained (letter).

The embattled president digs in.