Cue the dramatic music: A pro-life student group harassed by fellow students and university staff at Miami University-Hamilton sets off a chain of events unlike anything the school has ever seen in a chilling series of events spanning multiple years. As the pro-life group struggles to share their message of hope on campus — without discrimination — the vandalization case turns into an all-out free speech fiasco. These crimes are under investigation, and time is of the essence.
Just this past year, the school’s administration was desperately trying to impose a “trigger warning” rule on the pro-life group – a gross illegality considering Miami is a public institution. Fortunately, with the help of a federal lawsuit, the school has since backed off from their policy of censoring certain students and even become surprisingly helpful in subsequent free speech issues surrounding the pro-life campus group.
What’s the lesson here? Public campuses are not allowed to stifle certain viewpoints. The pro-life students at Miami started with a menacing, untamed administration that had lost sight of how inconsequential they are compared to the U.S. Constitution. When the students stood up for themselves (and all other pro-life students, by example), they ended up with a tamed beast that respects them and even offers extra support in the face of peer hostility.
This could be a “made for TV” event. Fans of “The First 48” know the show’s introduction by heart: “For homicide detectives, their chance of solving a murder is cut in half if they don’t get a lead within the first 48 hours.” While these violations of student rights’ don’t result in macabre crime scenes, students are still dealing with something pretty scary.
Sadly, this is not an isolated event. Pro-life students at colleges and high schools across the country are the victims of vandalizations and discriminatory actions each year. These come from fellow students and school staff alike, all in favor of abortion and all subscribing to the ridiculous belief that the people they disagree with should be silenced. This includes everything from washing away chalk messages and tearing down flyers to stealing displays, shouting down pro-life speakers and even threats of violence.
Plenty of student pro-life groups are quite interested in catching the perpetrators responsible for the destruction of the group’s materials, which is completely justified. But for most, the fight is simply to be able to share their message without fear of violence.
But back to our story: Miami University-Hamilton in Ohio is a great example of exactly what to do immediately following an attack on free speech.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brenna Lewis