There are incidents of student vandalism and administrative overreach at colleges across the country, but Miami University in Hamilton, Ohio takes the cake on both. You may remember this past April when Miami made headlines after pro-choice vandals destroyed the pro-life group’s Cemetery of the Innocents display twice. Before the display was even approved and set up on campus, Miami (evidently forgetting it is a public school) figured they would try to force the group to post trigger warnings around the display site. In fact, search Miami on our site and you’ll learn everything you need to about the struggles that UM Respect Life has faced. The entire situation there is a hot mess… and we couldn’t help but notice that Miami’s upcoming addition of a Free Speech class would benefit their administrators just as much as their students.
Officials from the university, following these events, talked themselves blue in the face about how Miami “[has] always been a space for open dialogue and free exchange of ideas.” Of course, we should specify: statements like this only started flowing out after the pro-abortion display was vandalized. The group College Students for Reproductive Justice erected a display of coat hangers on sticks on one of the campus lawns, complete with pro-abortion slogans like “Our body, our lives, our choice” next to a gay rights flag, for whatever reason.
Since the entire thing is so ridiculous, we try to find the humor (even if it’s a “face-palm” kind of humor). The Journal-News reported below:
The author had to see the irony in juxtaposing those two paragraphs…right? Miami says they value the free exchange of ideas, unless they’re pro-life, in which case they’ll try to force them to do something they don’t force other groups to. Sounds about right. We sincerely hope this new free speech class is a true representation of what that term really means – free speech for all ideas, not just ones that college officials like. Students for Life Wilberforce Fellow Ellen Wittman has witnessed the school’s roller coaster of a battle and is hopeful the new class will inspire a healthier campus environment.