While colleges should be a place for young adults to experience various points of view in an environment conducive to critical thinking, today’s institutions are just a continuation of the public school system’s leftist indoctrination.
This unfortunate truth is proven time and again – especially as it relates to social conservatism.
Recent reports indicate the University of Alabama reacted harshly and with an obvious bias against a display produced by a campus pro-life group. According to Bama Students for Life President Claire Chretien, school officials took down the presentation because of its apparently offensive content.
Compared to some of the other displays allowed to be prominently showcased at the university, she noted, the group was actually very modest in its expression of pro-life support. Previous posters permitted by the school, she explained, featured full frontal nudity and bloody displays of violence.
“Who defines what is and is not offensive?” she asked.
In an effort to find an answer to that question, Chretien paid a visit to the university’s Student Center Event Coordinator. Armed with a camcorder to document the conversation, she asked Donna Lake why the display was dismantled.
She explained to Lake that her group “had the display case reserved through Friday,” prompting the administrator to suggest that the poster received complaints.
Chretien asked if a guideline exists regarding what type of material can be displayed, to which Lake responded “no offensive of graphic material.”
The coordinator’s curt defense of the school’s action included her assertion that the club was “lucky to get it up there as long as you did.”
She suggested that if another group “put up something that upset” Chretien, she would want to see it removed. Instead, the student asserted that she “probably wouldn’t want them to take it down.”
Lake concluded by asserting her responsibility to “keep it happy for everybody,” apparently ignoring the necessity of allowing individuals of all backgrounds to share their beliefs.
One wonders if a pro-abortion message – or a display embracing any far-left ideology – would have been taken down if this conservative group had lodged a complaint. It is not a common practice among those on the right, however, to try to silence those with whom they disagree.
–B. Christopher Agee
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