Four Craziest Free-Speech Issues This School Year:As we wrap up the 2017-2018 school year, it’s time to look back at some of the strangest and craziest encounters of the school year. Sometimes you think, ‘there’s probably no way an ANTIFA protester will call a female speaker anti-woman, right?’ or ‘campus police know that erasing chalking isn’t a free-speech right, right?’. Then, you read the stories below and start to question everything you ever thought was true.
Luckily, Students for Life has an ally in the White House. The most rewarding experience for SFLA this year has been the invitation of VP Mike Pence and Karen Pence to come to the White House the night before the 2018 March for Life and discuss free-speech and being pro-life on high school and college campuses
1. George Mason Police Say Erasing Chalking is Free-Speech
At the beginning of the school year, Students for Life chalked messages of hope and love outside a NARAL conference on campus. The attendees were incredibly upset at this, and started to destroy our chalking. When campus police were called, the police officer explained, inaccurately, that destroying chalking is actually part of the First Amendment.
Relive the whole story below:
2. Student Argues for Infanticide
This one really needs little background, but here we go: A student in Kentucky argued that infanticide is justified because we don’t know if the toddler is sentient or not, and then argued that trees are similar to newborn babies. Peter Singer, Jr. used this to justify his support for killing two-year old babies.
3. Purity Thomas Punched Outside of Planned Parenthood
In early December, Purity Thomas, and three members of Liberty University Students for Life were peacefully sidewalk counseling outside of the Roanoke Planned Parenthood. These students gather weekly outside of the Planned Parenthood on Saturdays, the day this location commits abortions, praying for women who enter the building and offering resources and support for other options besides abortion.
At approximately 8:30 AM, today, Saturday, December 2nd, a woman confronted our Students for Life leaders and began threatening them, saying she would beat them up and “fuck them up.”
The woman first stole a sign that said “All people are made in the image of God” from one of our student leaders. She started walking away, but then returned, and tried to take another sign, before punching 15 year-old high school Students for Life leader, Purity Thomas, across the face, causing her to stumble and fall to the ground.
In April, Kristan had several speaking stops lined up in Southern California. ANTIFA protested Kristan, calling her “anti-woman” and a “fascist.” Check out some of the footage we captured, below:
The following statement on a recently released poll on abortion can be attributed to Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
“It’s not suprising to find that people at the beginning of their adult lives are more likely to try on and consider different points of view. And it’s not surising that older adults are more settled in their thinking, but in working with more than 1,200 college and high school chapters nationwide, I know the passion and dedication for life among the Pro-Life Generation. Numerous polls point to real support for life among this generation, drawing a far different conclusion. What I’ve also seen, however, is that the Pro-Life Generation is more motivated to be pro-life as a human rights concern than as a faith concern, which should motivate the faith community to reach this generation with those timeless values. With a pro-life president and his administration really working to protect life, the media has an interest in trying to undermine the reality of the support for limits on abortion and for redirecting federal funding to actual full-service healthcare, rather than to abortion vendors. This poll is an outlier, and the pro-life generation is going strong.”