Ah, college: The free interplay of ideas. Tolerance for differences. Respect for subversive-of-the-status-quo opinions. Professors who want their students to think for themselves.
Not! A UC Santa Barbara “feminist” professor has been accused by pro-life demonstrators of attempting to shut down a graphic anti-abortion demonstration, stealing a sign, and allegedly assaulting a kid who sought to retrieve it. From The College Fix story:
A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before grabbing one of the signs, storming off with it, then allegedly engaging in an altercation with a 16-year-old prolife protestor who had followed the educator to retrieve it…
The confrontation took place at the coastal, public university’s “free speech” area, a heavily traversed part of the quad.
The roughly 3-feet by 5-feet displays included images of aborted fetuses, as well as diagrams detailing the abortion process and other “educational” information, according to Kristina Garza, a spokeswoman for 16-year-old Thrin. Garza heads up campus outreach for the nonprofit, Riverside-based Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust – a group that had trained the Short sisters and other students on how to conduct campus antiabortion events.
I am not a fan of graphic displays of dismembered fetuses. But PETA and other such groups present gory images in support of animal rights on campuses all the time, so why not pro-lifers?
I once spoke to pro-life students at an Ivy League campus who told me about one of their own being cold-cocked when passing out a pamphlet–and the administration did nothing. It takes real courage to be openly pro-life on secular campuses these days.