3,000 cross display vandalized, students press charges at Southern Methodist U
The Mustangs for Life, the Students for Life group at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, set up close to 3,000 crosses in a main area of campus as part of the common display that memorializes the number of babies that will be aborted that day this week. Sometimes it causes more controversy; other times it doesn’t. This situation is the former.
The pro-life students spent hours setting up the display and accompanied it with signs explaining what it was all about: “There are 2,904 abortions per day in the USA” and “Memorial of Innocents: 1 Cross = 1 Life Lost to Abortion Today”.
Mustangs for Life jumped through all the hoops at the school to make sure they were allowed to do this and granted proper permission.
The display was set up on Sunday evening about 7:30pm and done by 9pm. Only a couple hours later, in the middle of the night, all of the crosses had been vandalized and torn down. All of them.
One of the members got a call from someone who said that she saw all the crosses were kicked down. The members ran over to the display where indeed the display was vandalized.
The Mustangs for Life filed a campus police report on Sunday night and decided to press charges, so an investigation has been opened.
But here’s the kicker. This group refuses to back down. They refuse to be intimidated by anyone, especially on a college campus where the free exchange of ideas and debate should be allowed to flow. Of course, if you don’t agree with what’s being said, the liberal way of doing things is to shut down the other side.
However, the Mustangs for Life didn’t go that route. Thirty-two students – members and non-members alike – met at 6AM yesterday morning to replace all of the crosses. Six AM! College students got up before 6AM because they wanted to make sure that their peers knew about the atrocity of abortion, the taking of an innocent human life. They wanted to make sure that their peers knew that women facing unplanned pregnancies don’t have to choose abortion. There other options. They wanted to be an example of love and compassion and perseverance.
“This is the pro-life generation in action,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “This is the kind of perseverance that give us hope that abortion will come to an end. We are so proud of the Mustangs for Life and the courage they have shown in the face of opposition.”
One student filmed a video while he stood in front of the display asking questions like, “what if each cross represented something else? Each cross represents a woman who got to finish college?” and “what if each cross represented a woman who won’t be crushed by the financial responsibility of raising another child?” SFLA president Kristan Hawkins filmed a video response.
The group has since received threats of more violence on the app Yik Yak and one person threatened to burn down the display. They have had their members take shifts at the display, some even staying outside at 2:30am this morning. Campus police have also been stationed near the display to quell any vandalism.
Here are screenshots of the Yik Yak threats:
A representative from Planned Parenthood came to campus tonight to “train” abortion supporters. In what? Don’t know. Facebook messages indicate that a counter-protest is taking place next week.