College students vote to kill funding of pro-lifers

By Bob Unruh

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Political correctness long has ruled university campuses – with bans on seemingly everything from sombreros to guest speakers – and now in Scotland a university has cut off funding to a student group because of its pro-life stance.

According to the Glasgow Evening Times, the students association at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow determined that funding for any student group that holds a pro-life position is banned.

“We have been formally informed that this decision has been taken because we are representatives of a pro-life movement and that pro-life groups are denied rights of recognition and prevented from enjoying the privileges of a club or society,” Laura Seggie, a member of one pro-life organization, told the Times.

She said it’s a violation of human and speech rights.

“We have recently been attempting to secure standing as a recognized club as part of the [students association]. Unfortunately, we have been denied this basic human right following a decision by the student parliament.”

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The Times cited several recent disputes fueled by politically correctness.

Last year, the University of East Anglia banned sombreros, which had been handed out by a nearby restaurant in a promotion, “because the student union decided non-Mexicans wearing the wide-brimmed hats could be interpreted as racist.”

Then there was the cancellation of a debate planned at Oxford because “female students complained that they would be offended by the presence of men on the panel.”

Further, Cardiff University students “tried to ban the feminist icon Germaine Greer because she once wrote that a man who was castrated would not behave like a woman, which was construed as offensive to transsexuals.”

The Christian Institute said the Catholic Society has written to university managers at Strathclyde in Scotland and asked them to intervene.

The students’ decision was criticized by John Deighan, head of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Scotland, the institute said.

“It is quite remarkable and incredibly sad that in this day and age our universities, which are supposed to be the bastions of free thinking and liberal mindedness, should be transformed into centers for intolerant censorship,” he said. “Universities should be guardians of debate and challenging ideas, rather than banning people just because they don’t like their views. The essence of free speech and open debate is at issue here.”

The student association claims on its website to represent the “diverse make-up and needs of the student population” and states it is “open to all.”

The pro-life students had asked the student association to reconsider, but the request was rejected.

“Given the firmly negative response to our application and the forceful manner in which the existing policy was explained to us, effectively banning pro-life groups, any change in the current position seems unlikely,” Seggie said.

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Campus Reform reported reported last month that a conservative student group accused Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania of censorship after an administrator publicly sided with student vandals who ripped down the group’s pro-life flyers.

At the time, Alissa Lopez, vice-chair of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, told The New Guard that the group saw the posters – which contrasted the “#BlackLivesMatter” slogan with African-American abortion statistics – “as an opportunity to talk about abortion and how it affects the African American community” following a town hall meeting on racism that members felt was skewed toward liberal perspectives.

Last year, an Iowa high student was barred from establishing a pro-life club on campus because the subject is “controversial.”

Isabell Akers, represented by the Thomas More Society, was been working with Students for Life of America to establish a pro-life club at Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton, Iowa. But school officials rejected the request, contending it was too controversial and unrelated to the school curriculum.

The decision resulted in a demand letter from the the Thomas More Society, which said the club should be treated as others.

Only a short time before that, hundreds of University of Texas-Arlington students signed a petition to remove a memorial display of 2,900 small Christian crosses set up by a pro-life campus group.

The Pro-Life Mavericks put up the display at Central Library Mall, Campus Reform reported. The group arrived at the figure 2,900 because that’s the number of abortions reportedly performed each day.

But protesters said the women who aborted their babies aren’t necessarily Christian, and, therefore, the cross display is inappropriate.

“Every cross is supposed to represent an unborn child, but not necessarily every child that is aborted is Christian and therefore they’re being culturally insensitive, especially since we’re the fifth most diverse campus in America,” said sophomore Ashley Radovcich to Campus Reform.

 

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