"Yes, I know they like to have open debate, and I think that's great. That's part of our rights as Americans," Fisher told the Times-Tribune. "But safety is our No. 1 concern."
The ban upset some members, who are concerned about censorship issues.
“Once you start that precedent, I think it becomes dangerous,” Paul Williams, 72, told the newspaper.
Williams, a longtime member of the Y, said he entered the men’s locker room last week after an argument ended between two men who were debating whether CNN or Fox News is more credible. He said the language became “colorful,” but the argument did not turn violent.
"And that's the end of the story," Williams said.
Another member, David Dimmick, told WBRE-TV that the ban is "an over-reaction."
“There was a lot of arguing going on during the election, protesting, that type of thing,” Dimmick said. “But I think it’s all gone now.”
There was no word on whether other YMCA locations would follow the Dunmore facility’s lead.