Florida State student government ‘cancels’ senate president for Catholic beliefs

Florida State University's student government ousted its senate president for his privately shared Catholic beliefs but is keeping his replacement even after a recorded history of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel statements. (iStock)

Try to imagine a Muslim, Hindu or Native American student being removed from a student government position after stating his or her religious beliefs. Never.

Yet a leader in the student government at Florida State University was ousted for privately stating his Catholic beliefs … only to be replaced by another student with a history of anti-Semitic internet posts dating from 2012 to the present, FOX News reports.

The student government Florida State removed Jack Denton on June 5 after student senators claimed he made comments that were “transphobic,” “racist” and a “clear violation between separation of church and state.”

Denton is suing, and his lawyers say the body’s refusal to let him appeal, reported by The College Fix, violates both student rules and federal law.

In a private chat about ways to be “allies,” Denton stated: “Everyone should be aware that BlackLivesMatter.com, Reclaim the Block, and the ACLU all advocate for things that are explicitly anti-Catholic.”

He went on to say that BLM “fosters ‘a queer affirming network’ and defends transgenderism. The ACLU defends law protecting abortion facilities and sued states that restrict access to abortion. Reclaim the Block claims less police will make our communities safer and advocates for cutting PD’s budgets. This is a little explicit, but I think it’s contrary to the church’s teaching on the common good.”

A vote of no confidence was called against Denton.

Interestingly, he was replaced by Ahmad Daraldik, who has a documented history of anti-Semitic posts from 2012 and as recently as July, during his time as senate president.

Despite a Change.org petition calling for the removal of Daraldik, which drew more than 10,000 signatures, he remained after a June 17 vote to oust him fell short of the required two-thirds majority.

Alliance Defending Freedom, which sent a letter to the public university Wednesday on behalf of Denton, said the Student Government Association is refusing to let him appeal, The College Fix reports.


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