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:
Remember that pro-life groups are single issue and non-partisan.
Monitor your opposition. If your campus did not have a pro-abortion group before your group was founded, then prepare for one to spring up in opposition to your group. It is a good idea to monitor the pro-abortion activity on campus but remember not to get too wrapped up to the point where you club activity falters.
Attend one of their meetings (to observe)
Check out their web page
Know your opposition so that you will be able to focus on specific issues and arguments
Campus Policies. In order to effectively run a college pro-life group, you must know what services your school does or doesn’t offer. This is imperative in order for your group to change, improve, or terminate certain campus services. With this information you will be better able to provide accurate and valuable services to students with children on your campus. You need to know what they need in order to better help your school community.
Know what your campus offers:
Do they have a medical center, health services, or nurse?
Do they offer gynecological exams?
Are they funded by Planned Parenthood, or other like organizations?
Do they offer the morning after pill, or other abortion inducing drugs?
Do they offer abortions?
If you are pregnant, what do they recommend? Will they refer you to a counseling service?
Do they offer on campus housing for students with children
Do they offer day care for students with children?
If they do offer gynecological exams, ask what services they offer within.
The best way to gather this kind of information is to have a gynecological exam there. Or better yet, pretend you are pregnant, and ask for advice. It is helpful to bring an audio recorder with you when performing this work.
Go to the housing office and inquire about housing for students with children and about day care services. This information should be readily available in the housing office.
Again the best way to find out would be to act as though you are pregnant, or that you are inquiring for a friend.
If your school has no housing in general, contact the student services office or the like for information regarding day care options.