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As we wrap up the school year, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the worst offenders of free-speech and free thought on college campuses.
- Democratic Party Leader and Planned Parenthood Ally Uses Position At University To Warn School About Pro-Lifers
Laura Oster-Aaland is a vice-provost at the North Dakota State University. She is also a regional chairwoman for the Democratic Party in North Dakota. Those two facts alone aren’t an issue; after all, you don’t give up your rights to be involved in politics just because you work at a school. But, where the issue starts is when a pro-abortion university administrator, like Oster-Aaland, uses her power as a school administrator to try to intimidate the pro-life group on campus, which Oster-Aaland did, when she forced a lower-level employee to send out an e-mail to the entire school community warning that a pro-life display would be on campus.
You can read the full story here.
2. Student Body President Warns That Pro-Lifers Will Be On Campus
Tim Hernandez, the student body president of University of Northern Colorado believes that it is his duty to warn students, of all political beliefs, when outsiders are coming to campus, whether those groups hold traditionally conservative or liberal views.
Hernandez, on Friday, April 5th, wrote to all students to warn them that, *gasp*, there would be pro-lifers on campus (some of them could even be sitting right next to you in your math or chemistry class). The e-mail was sent as a follow-up to an e-mail on Thursday, April 4th, in which Hernandez claimed it was his “duty” to alert students when off-campus groups be on-campus.
Hernandez describes, fairly accurately, what pro-life groups stand for, and then links out to Justice for All’s website. Hernandez, however, primes students to be offended, by telling them that crisis lines and counseling services will be available for any one harmed by the display.
“For those that may be impacted, the Assault Survivor’s Advocacy Program, UNC Counseling Center, and the Office of Student Outreach and Support will have content warnings surrounding the area to notify students of the images this group may have that could potentially impactful. Individuals may also request assistance by calling the ASAP crisis line at (970) 351-4040 to have an advocate walk/drive them to and from class. The Counseling Center will be available to see crisis walk-ins from 8-12p and 1-4p, and the services will be free. The Office of Student Outreach and Support is also available to support students negatively affected by this event…”
“The Center For Women’s and Gender Equity will be located in front of Michener Library for the two-day span and will have resources and opportunities for those who would like to further engage in discussions around topics of gender equity.”
Read the full story here.
3. Speaking Tour Banner Set On Fire At Western Washington University
We’ve seen plenty of examples of vandalism and reactions to Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, bringing her “Lies Feminists Tell” talk to college campuses. Some have been good examples of debate, such as groups organizing peaceful protests or attending the talk and challenging Hawkins on her arguments. Others have been violent, like groups tearing down banners or flyers. ANTIFA also showed up before several of Hawkins’ speeches on campus in California and held up nonsensical signs or called Hawkins by the wrong name.
But nothing matches what happened at Western Washington University recently, where someone apparently set a speaking tour banner on fire. Hawkins is speaking at Western Washington University this Thursday, May 9th, as the final stop for the semester on her Spring speaking tour.
According to Karlie Lodjic, the senior advisor of the Western Washington University Students for Life club, the students put the banner up on the Environmental Sciences building about two weeks ago, on April 25th.
On Saturday May 4th, the banner appears to have been burned off the wall. Based off the location of the banner, someone likely would have needed to use a ladder or some sort of device to burn or tear down the banner before burning it.
Kristan Hawkins said in a statement, “We strongly condemn this act of violence and intimidation. We challenge anyone who disagrees with us to come hear the presentation on Thursday instead of resorting to cowardly acts of violence.”
Lodjic blasted the vandal, saying, “Threats and intimidation of violence should not be tolerated at a university that values free-speech. Hawkins’ speech is open to the public and everyone is invited to come and debate and share their beliefs during the Q and A. Yet, these vandals chose to take out their frustration at the mere presence of dissenting points of views by committing an act of arson.”
You can read more here.
4. Catholic University Censors And Lies About Students For Life Group
Every year, Planned Parenthood aborts over 320,000 innocent preborn babies. The Catholic Church teaches that all human life has dignity and that abortion is a grave moral evil. Carroll College in Montana is a Catholic University.
Yet, despite all of this, they told the Students for Life group they were not allowed to criticize Planned Parenthood and were barred from holding the “Planned Parenthood Truth” tour on campus. Planned Parenthood Truth is the Spring 2019 campaign being hosted on campuses across the country. Students for Life is working to expose the unsanitary and unsafe conditions at Planned Parenthood, relying primarily on government inspection reports and mainstream news sources.
Chato Hazelbaker, the Vice-President of Enrollment and Marketing at Carroll College wrote to Students for Life leader Marko Prizmic, explaining the denial.
“President Cech approved the temporary Cemetery as a dignified remembrance of the unborn who died through abortions. He did not approve a active campaign against one or more organizations which support abortions. Next week’s focus is on student research and achievements through the SURF. Perhaps an approach for thoughtful dialogue on this topic might be more appropriate during the week of Roe v. Wade…NO banners, or signage, or handouts will be permitted regarding the #PlannedParentHoodTruth campaign. You are free to speak to folks about the campaign as you state, “When talking about abortion it is very likely that America’s largest abortion provider will be brought up.” Handouts were ultimately allowed at the table.
In an e-mail to Students for Life, Hazelbaker wrote, “Marko and the group just talked about the fact that they would be talking specifically about Planned Parenthood and that they would have handouts from your group and the national campaign. That information has already been included in their social media posts. We did ask that they limit some large banners. I think we have supported the group here and have them in a high visibility spot, and added some support with an event with the highest ranking folks at the college.”
The large banners are specifically the Planned Parenthood Truth tour banners that explain how Planned Parenthood is unsafe for women.
The group still put up their cross display and the president of the university stopped by the pink crosses, presumably to show how pro-life he is (just don’t say anything bad about the number one abortion vendor).
However, a university administrator at the school sanctioned the Saints for Life group, but was caught in a blatant lie, when he said the sanctions were because the Saints for Life group lied to him (they did not, a university official confirmed, and that isn’t why they were sanctioned). Keep an eye out for more updates soon.
You can read more here.