School Principal Doesn’t Want Kids ‘Exposed’ to Conservative Speaker

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After three weeks of preparation, research and numerous rewrites, Gerald Molen –a motivational speaker, former U.S. Marine, and Oscar-winning film producer – drove ninety minutes from his home to Ronan High School in Montana last month to deliver a graduation speech. He was shocked upon his arrival to find that Principal Tom Stack had decided to disinvite him and cancel the speech. He was further stunned to learn the reason that he wouldn’t be allowed to address the students – it was because he is “a right-wing conservative.”

Molen has an impressive 25-year Hollywood résumé. He is the producer of such films as Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, the first two Jurassic Park films, Twister, and Minority Report. He has spoken at dozens of schools but doesn’t accept a fee. When one is offered, he asks that it be donated to the Shoah Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Spielberg and dedicated to Holocaust remembrance.

When speaking to students, Molen usually invokes the name of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist credited with saving 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust and the subject of the Oscar-winning 1993 film that Molen and Spielberg co-produced. He points to Schindler as an example of what courageous individuals can accomplish, and Molen had planned to do so again in his presentation at Ronan High School.

He had also planned to ask the students to “imagine your future is a movie. Forty years from now, you’re writing a script about your accomplishments. What would that script look like?”

Since my career had centered around the motion picture industry, I had set out to challenge them with the thought that they might each write their own movie script. A script that would have them as the writer, director, producer and star… Silly idea? Maybe. But of course we’ll never know.

We’ll never know because, even though his message to the students wasn’t overtly political, Gerald Molen is a conservative, and that alone is enough to incite censorship from the intolerant left. Apparently Principal Stack had received calls from some concerned parents who “didn’t want the kids exposed to that, despite not knowing what my message would be,” said Molen.

In a piece written by Molen himself and published in a Montana newspaper, The Daily Inter Lake, he reported that the principal

apologized for the inconvenience of being canceled and said the decision to cancel was his alone… No, he didn’t ask me of the content. No, he didn’t ask to read the speech for any clarification as to content. No, he would not tell me who the complaining party or parties were, nor would he give me any further explanation.

The principal could have simply ignored the unknown number of complaints and allowed Molen to proceed. After all, schools regularly now ignore parents who complain about the rejection of patriotic songs, the removal of the American flag, and similar assaults on pro-American culture. At the very least, Stack could have queried Molen about any political content of his presentation, and then reassured the complainants that they nothing to worry about (which would still have constituted caving in to them). In the absence of any more explanation from Principal Stack (and neither he nor Ronan School District representatives have commented publicly about the incident), one has to assume that since he took full responsibility for cancelling Molen’s appearance, he must agree with the complainants – if indeed there were any. Whatever the backstory, a school cancelled an apolitical speech solely because the speaker is conservative.

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  • bteacher99

    I wonder why the school ever invited Mr. Molen. Did the person(s) extending the invitation not do any background checks to see if he met the school'srequirements? Or was his invitation made completely without the principal's knowledge or permission? If that is the case, was a teacher responsible: a teacher who as yet seems uninterested in defending Mr. Molen: his/her own choice for commencement speaker?

    Who have been some past commencement/assembly speakers at this school? What were their political views, and were those considered before the speakers arrived on campus?

    Don't forget the great example of hospitality and proper etiquette displayed by this principal: waiting until your guest arrives to un-invite him is a blatant sign of disrespect.

    More to this story, I suspect.

    • wsk

      I'm sure they just wanted to embarass and humiliate Mr. Molen , purely for political reasons. Show's how compassionate and open-minded liberals are, doesn't it?
      VOTE ROMNEY!!!!!!!!

  • dos

    It would be harder to cancel the speak if Mr. Molen was offered some compensation and signed a contract, a cancellation would be a breach of contract and the school would think twice before they did foolish things like this. And since more than 80% of the schools have progressive administrators, It would be better for Mr. Molen to accept the compensation and later donate to conservative foundations himself.

    • poetcomic1

      Didn't you read the article? HE WAS SPEAKING FOR FREE AS A GIFT of his time and knowledge. He doesn't want to punish the school – is sole intent is that students not be brainwashed and denied their basic rights by a narrow-minded Left Fascist Little Hitler.

  • Ken

    Typial Leftist tactics. Trying to control thought and message. I bet Michael Moore would never suffer this disgraceful treatment!!

  • oldtimer

    Parents and students should demand accountability from this principal and the one who wouldn't let the proud to be an American song to be used. These people, graduates of our system of high(lower)learning just prove a point for home schooling. Who took his place?

  • BS77

    As Michael Savage said, "LIberalism is a mental disorder." This principal is another fool in a suit.

    • Amused

      yea and Savage is an escapee from the mental ward , he's missing his 'suit " though ….a straight-jacket .

  • StephenD

    We still don't know who spoke in his stead. I think that would be just as telling.

    • wsk

      Rachel Maddow- just kidding.
      VOTE ROMNEY!!!!!!!!

  • tagalog

    Incidents of intolerance like this one have been reported several times over the recent past. Such stories never fail to make me wonder what it is about leftist society that is so desirable that they adhere to their vision of it.

  • mrbean

    Oh Jesus, John McCain…
    In 2008, Obama supporting teacher Diantha Harris of Cumberland County, North Carolina bullied a young female student whose father was overseas, because she stated her family supported McCain.

    Mmm mmm mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
    In 2009, elementary school children were taught to sing a cult like song of praise to Obama at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, New Jersey.

    Like something out of East Germany during the Cold War…"

    Si, se puede!
    In 2012, "teacher of the year" Elena Garcia-Velasco of Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon praised Obama during a graduation speech, uttering his signature slogan 'Yes we can' in Spanish.

    Not about him you wont!
    In 2012, high school teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely of North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina was videotaped screaming to her class that criticizing Obama could result in jail time and that Mitt Romney was a bully in high school.

    • RoguePatriot6

      And that's only what we hear about.

  • al222

    once again: until conservatives can wrap their collective heads around what is happening in the public school system and put a stop to it, everything that happens in Washington, D.C. will continue to happen. The election of Barack Obama was no anomaly. it was the end product of progressive brainwashing that occurs–every day–in schools.

    • mrbean

      Outlaw the teachers unions and allow vouchers everywhere. Better yet privatize all education.

      • Tom Sullivan

        Yup. Aside from high cost and low quality, government schools ought to be disbanded because they are producing students who think socialism is the way to go. A Rasmussen Report poll from April 9, 2009 shows that for adults under 30, 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Disgusting.

    • wsk

      The problem is that Conservatives just throw their hands up and say "Vouchers!". I don't know the answer, but I don't know if leaving the system and giving the libtards unfettered control of the education system is the way to go.
      VOTE ROMNEY!!!!!!

  • dmw

    Mr. Molen was probably disinvited because the principal found out Molen actually accomplished something. More than likely Molen was replaced with a speaker who talked about wanting to accomplish something along the lines of — you kniow — having a just society, fair government, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Personal achievement? Oh no, no, no, no, no. We must have "collective" achievement.

  • clarespark

    Our country is so polarized that each side misperceives the other. I wrote about their distorted views here: http://clarespark.com/2009/12/16/perceptions-of-t…. The moral: know your enemy and how he thinks.

  • Schlomotion

    This article lacks facts, most likely because it was plagiarized from Breitbart or Gateway Pundit. Mr. Tapson has not contacted anybody or verified any facts, or even read multiple versions of the story he is regurgitating. All he really does is read entertainment news and then offer a feeble spin on it.

    Gerald Molen is teamed up with Hoover Institute's Dinesh D'Souza to produce the dystopian futurist "documentary" Obama: 2016. The speaking invitation was originally extended by a member of the Lake County Republican Women's Club. The teacher handling the speaker was supposed to and did not review the speech as is correct procedure for graduation and motivational speeches. This was discovered last minute. After Principal Stack cancelled the invitation he was forced to flee his home because of death threats.

    • HoR_Emperor

      Babble and vile slander from an anti-Semitic hatemonger.

    • Larry

      Happy Nakba, dipstick,

    • poppakap

      Once again slomo blathers on with obfuscation and distortion.

      With all his mouth breathing for FPM writers, you'd think he be in the hospital by now.

    • ajnn

      and your point is … what ?

    • wsk

      Absolute nonsense! Mucking foron!

    • mcwrath

      '' Gerald Molen is teamed up with Hoover institute's Dinesh D'Souza to produce the dystopian futurist documentary Obama: 2016''…. what is that..some illegal organisation!!! or simply the reflection of of your predjudiced perspectives that finds 'offensive'; critics of that dumb liberalism that seig heils obama and would have free thinkers consigned to history or indoctrination camps. Clearly it is you who needs to take the blinkers off.
      Again, Should being a member of Lake County Republican Womens Club rule one out from extending an invitation to the guest speaker…You seem to think it does ( you toe rag fascist)

  • Vermont Yid

    Cancelation of Molen's speech was the right thing to do. After all, had been allowed to speak to those students, there's no telling what it might have lead to. Those poor kids might have thought they can think for themselves – OH MY GAWD!!!!!

    • Vermont Yid

      Oops.
      Please insert "he" between "had" and "been."

  • RoguePatriot6

    "And though his personal story is one of more overt censorship, there is a clear scarcity of conservative speakers for student bodies."

    There's a clear scarcity of conservatism for public schools, period!!!

    Liberlism has been a terminal disease injected into our kids at our public schools and throughout our education system.

  • James C. Harrison

    Did that principal actually have the guts to stand in front of that student body and tell them that they did not have the discernment to know truth from error–That they could not think for themselves? That doesn't speak well of public education. Check out King's Way Classical Academy on line.

  • Ghostwriter

    I think that Principal Tom Stack is an idiot and a fool. He should have let Mr. Molen speak.

    • wsk

      Couldn't do it. Libs are very afraid of opposing viewpoints because their own opinions wouldn't pass the acid test.

  • http://blog.cutthemalarkey.com Vic Kelley

    I'm very sorry to read this happened in Montana. I thought everybody there had common sense. Guess I've still got more to learn about the rest of America. Hopefully, the graduates will learn to think for themselves and will read about Mr. Molen and others like him in newspapers or online. I'm going to add this to my list of reasons to homeschool. I'm going to need a bigger hard drive as that list is growing exponentially.

    • patriot077

      Real Montanans wouldn't do what this jackhammer did. Regrettably, too many libs have been moving into the state and trying to re-mold it to their twisting liking. Kind of like what Robert Redford and his ilk are doing in Colorado.

      I have family in MT that are doing all they can to elect real Americans.

  • Skyman

    This is also the man who made the movie "2016" about what life will be like if Obama gets another term. Coming out this summer. I'll bet it's a hammer!! See this clip: http://www.youtube.com/v/Z6QOscKvUjU?version=3&am

  • Amused

    Just another example of how deeply divided , how utterly polarized , this country has become .Politics have taken on a poisonous atmosphere , because politicians are choosing rhetoric over truth , so much so that people find it harder and harder to get at the truth , and too many are satisfied to accept babble and spin over the FACTS . "High Scool Graduation SPeaker " ? What in the hell for ? Why ANYONE other than the Principle or valedictorian [s] need to give a speech ata high school graduation is beyond me . What's next ? Kindergarten ? Vocation , getting a job , joining the military , or going on to college should be the only subjects of a high school graduation speech . This is EXACTLY WHY , there will be no winners in November , just an illusion of one , for NOTHING will get done in a contentious , politically bitterly divided Congress .
    Don't think so ? Wait and see . People STILL dont know how to read the handwriting on the wall .

  • Amused

    LOL….I hear the crickets , happens everytime around here …..when a sobering truth is spoken .

  • http://algaeremoval.net/when-it-is-time-for-algae-remover/ Justin Baker

    Why would the principal do that? If Molen was ever to come to our school, I'd let the principal give him special treatment!