Saturday, October 29, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Case for Trump
Monday, October 24, 2016
Vandalizing of Anti-Abortion Display at Marquette in the News
- The Daily Caller. Notes that the College Democrats approved the defacing of the display.
- The Daily Caller. Notes that Empowerment, a recognized student group at Marquette, has applauded the vandalism, and said there is no need to tolerate anti-abortion opinions.
- Campus Reform. Also notes that the College Democrats approved the vandalism.
- Hypeline. Recounts basic facts of the case, and notes numerous other cases of vandalism and harassment directed at pro-life students at various universities.
- LifeNews.com. Also lists cases of vandalism by intolerant feminists at various campuses, and names one student who confessed on Facebook that she participated in the vandalism at Marquette.
Petition in Support of Vandalized Anti-Abortion Display
Astonishingly, two students who participated in the vandalism have admitted their actions on Facebook. It’s clear that the vandalizing was done by members of the Feminist group Empowerment, which issued a statement condoning the defacement. And the College Democrats (a group which traditionally has been more moderate than the hard leftists) has endorsed the vandalism.
All of which it is important for people to speak up and condemn the egregious attack on free expression.
Labels: Abortion, Anti-Abortion, Catholics for Mission, College Democrats, Demonstration, Display, Empowerment, Facebook, Leftist Intolerance, Marquette for Life, Marquette University, Political Correctness, Vandalism
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Finger in the Dike
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Campus Free Speech Warriors
Our post concerned a “training” module that explicitly told students that speech, even if protected by the First Amendment, is forbidden if some aggrieved person objects.
That notion would not hold up in court, but most people at most universities will allow their speech to be chilled, rather than make an issue of the repression.
But if they are willing to fight the repression, the Alliance Defending Liberty, the Thomas Moore Society, and the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty will be their allies.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Militant Students Defend Vandalism of Pro-Life Display at Marquette
This is a window into the virulent bigotry of the politically correct left on campus.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A Really Stupid Attack on Trump
The liberals have gone berserk. The New York Times huffed and puffed about “Donald Trump’s Contempt for Democracy.”
But of course, if leftists claim that an election outcome is illegitimate because it was “bought” by “monied interests,” these same people have no problem with that.
Wisconsin leftists, for example, have blamed the Koch brothers for pretty much every election they have lost in the past few years.
And of course, a lot of liberals said Bush as not legitimately elected in 2000. “Selected not elected” they said. Was that an attack on democracy? No, it was just an opinion about the election. If Trump goes around saying that the election was unfairly “fixed” for Hillary, that’s his right. Only if he recruits troops and stages a revolt is there any threat to democracy.
Who was one of the people saying George Bush was “selected not elected?” Hillary Clinton.
Welcome to the Club
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Members of Feminist Group “Empowerment” Vandalized Anti-Abortion Display
There is no indication that it was any sort of official group activity.
But it does raise the question as to whether the group, which strongly advocates for abortion, should be a recognized student group.
Empowerment, in the wake of the vandalism, issued an official statement essentially condoning the vandalism, and making it clear that they had tried, through official university channels, to shut down the display. Apparently, in frustration, they resorted to direct action.
Marquette Student Activist on the Intolerant Left, Campus Free Speech
Monday, October 17, 2016
Vandalized Anti-Abortion Display at Marquette: Student Activist Speaks
Weathering the Storm
“Empowerment:” Intolerant Marquette Feminists Want to Ban Anti-Abortion Speech
At first, it seemed to reject the vandalism. It stated:
Firstly, Empowerment does not condone the defacement of property and acknowledges the need for respectful discussion wherever such polarizing opinions are expressed.OK, fair enough. But then it goes on:
Secondly, Empowerment stands in support of women’s right to choose and access to safe and legal abortion free from violence and intimidation. . . . Empowerment works to create and uplift a community of students that support one another in their personal and academic growth. At the core of this community is a deep respect and appreciation for our differing beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures. Empowerment is devoted to listening and amplifying narratives, especially those which have been strategically marginalized by oppressive institutions. We work to understand what this system has done (and continues to do) to the structures we inhabit, how we can make a difference, and ultimately, how we can heal together.The hypocrisy here is stunning. As we will see, a “narrative” these women do not respect is opposition to abortion. As for “those which have been strategically marginalized by oppressive institutions,” it has been those who oppose abortion that have been marginalized by powerful institutions such as government, the mass media, the educational system, and organizations like Empowerment.
It goes on:
The “Memorial of the Unborn” is a display which directly undermines this healing by further stigmatizing abortion. Rather than fostering discussion and understanding, the display is damaging to the mental health of students and a disturbing act of public shaming.So “healing” means coming to accept that abortion is OK. In other words, for Empowerment, “healing” means that people who disagree with them need to shut up.
The rhetoric about “shaming” is equally hypocritical. The leftists will happily shame people for any expression they think is racist, shame males for being part of a “rape culture” (regardless of whether a particular male would even think of raping any woman) and shame whites for their “white privilege.”
But don’t dare shame women who might have an abortion.
And of course, facing different opinions about abortion damages women’s “mental health!” Obviously, college needs to protect students from different opinions, in order to protect their mental health.
But it then gets downright bizarre:
In the past, students at Marquette have complained to university administration regarding the harmful nature of the display, which, until this year, employed crosses to emulate a “fetus graveyard.” The shift to pink and blue-gendered flags offers no recompense to those interested in human rights and, rather, demonstrates the harmful and misguided conflation of sex and gender and promotion of the gender binary.That’s right. Marquette For Life is not on board with the transgender agenda! But then, neither is the Catholic Church. Heaven help us if students at a Catholic university should agree with the Church on gender theory.
Complaining About SpeechBut note the “complained to the university” statement. Students at Marquette have complained that a student group is allowed to promote a political position with which they disagree.
But it goes further:
This year, several students submitted official complaints through university avenues. Student activists also demonstrated briefly in front of the display on Thursday, mounting their own signs on top of Marquette for Life’s. To these activists and all those dissenters of policies and institutional stances that privilege oppressive narratives over your very existence, Empowerment says:Thus they are condoning the vandalism, by supporting the covering over of the anti-abortion message of Marquette for Life. It seems “defacement of property” is something they really don’t mind.
Your pain and anger is valid. We are here for you. We support you.
Do not listen when people tell you to be more tolerant of other’s intolerance.
The notion that one should be “intolerant of intolerance” is a staple on the politically correct left. Of course, the entire formulation is oxymoronic, since the people who say it are themselves admittedly intolerant, and thus have no right to expect tolerance from others.
Just as bad is their notion that they are the only ones authorized to decide who is “intolerant,” and shut up those they believe to be so.
Likewise, the notion that one’s “existence” is threatened if somebody disapproves of your opinions or actions is also part of the repertoire of politically correct leftists. Do they actually think they will disappear in a cloud of smoke if they hear opinions they disagree with?
Gross IntoleranceSubmitting “official complains through university avenues” means, quite simply, they were asking Marquette to shut up the pro-life demonstration. Empowerment, in fact, is every bit as intolerant as the students who vandalized the display (or perhaps, some of their members were the people who vandalized the display).
A substantial number of students (and faculty) at this “Catholic university” are not only hostile to the Catholic position on abortion, they are actively trying to shut up its expression.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Vandalized Pro-Life Display: Student Group Speaks Out
Self-proclaimed Feminist Students Deface Pro-Life Memorial at Marquette
College Democrats of Marquette condone act, Conservative students respond
Milwaukee, WI - Self-proclaimed feminist students sabotaged a display on Marquette University’s campus memorializing the millions of babies killed through abortion. The culprits placed several signs covering the information about the memorial. The signs stated things such as: “My Body, My Freedom”, “Stop the hypocrisy, care for women’s reproductive rights”, “68,000 women die from unsafe abortions every year”, and other variations of pro-choice arguments. Coat hangers were also scattered around the memorial.
The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Marquette responded with the following statement: Young Americans for Freedom at Marquette University is extremely saddened that the Students for Life memorial was defaced by certain students intolerant of an opinion that they do not agree with. It is extremely hypocritical to claim that you are exercising your free speech rights through defacement while simultaneously trying to shut down the free speech of a student organization.
The act was so egregious, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Xavier Cole, sent an email to the Marquette community condemning the defacement. He wrote, “Let me be extremely clear. Defacement is not dialogue.” He then goes on to say that Marquette values all opinions on specific matters, but that there needs to be dialogue and productive discussion on such differences.
For its part, the Catholic university refused to defend the pro-life students and the dignity of the unborn. As Dr. Cole wrote, Marquette’s mission requires the respect and dignity of all individuals. The Young Americans for Freedom – Marquette call on President Michael Lovell and the University to stand up to both the vandalism and the unborn. With this act, liberals made clear: conservatives and the unborn are not safe in the space of a university.
While many students are upset over the defacement of the memorial and infringement of Marquette for Life’s freedom of speech, a student organization took to social media to praise the vandalism committed by the students. Marquette University College Democrats tweeted and posted on their Facebook page that they were proud of the feminists. “We love and support you!” they wrote.
About the pro-life memorial:
Every year, Marquette for Life celebrates “pro-life week” by creating a memorial for the millions of the unborn killed in America each year. Flags are planted in the ground to represent the lives lost through abortion every year (1 flag = 1,000 babies aborted). The memorial was approved by the school. On Thursday, students defaced the memorial by vandalizing the sign which explains what the flags represent.
Young Americans for Freedom at Marquette University
Anti-Abortion Display Defaced at Marquette
The Marquette Wire (official student online paper) covered the story here.
Notice a blatant example of journalistic bias: a defacing of a display is described as a “counter demonstration.”
Marquette issued a statement condemning the defacing of the display. It says (in part):
Let me be extremely clear. Defacement is not dialogue.
Respectful discussion and even dissent is best done face to face. Our issue does not lie in the expression of varying viewpoints, but rather in the way that this was handled. Our mission is grounded in respecting the dignity of all individuals and being inclusive of multiple perspectives. Inclusivity by its very nature begins with respect.
The Marquette For Life group’s display was submitted and approved in advance, as is standard procedure for any display that appears on university property. We are working with our students to make sure their promotions on campus continue.
Brazen IntoleranceWhat is stunning about this is not merely that it was done (which is bad enough), but that campus leftists are bragging about having done it, and voicing their approval on Facebook.
One student (in Political Science) posted an apparent confession, calling it “our response” to the display, and lauding her “feminist peers.” At the moment, her post has 88 “likes.”
Worse, the College Democrats approved of the vandalism, saying “Keep fighting the good fight, Marquette feminists.”
But the issue is: will Marquette discipline the students who did this?
Given the craven way that Marquette has reacted to the Social Justice Warriors in the past, we have our doubts. The people who did this have probably calculated, correctly, that they will receive a slap on the wrist, at most. But this is a direct attack on free expression on campus.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Key Primary Source: Hillary’s Secret Speeches
And here it is.
And yes, it’s as damning as the journalists have been saying.
In this key e-mail, staffer Tony Carrk says:
Attached are the flags from HRC’s paid speeches we have from HWA. I put some highlights below. There is a lot of policy positions that we should give an extra scrub with Policy.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Still a Frog
Sunday, October 02, 2016
The Presidential Choice this Year
WOULD YOU HIRE a babysitter who lied with impunity? Would you choose a therapist who was a compulsive braggart? Would you want as your accountant or financial adviser someone who trailed the reek of corruption and bottomless avarice? Would you list your home with a real-estate agent who routinely played fast and loose with rules that others must abide by? Would you attend the church of a pastor who spewed insults and threats and trafficked in delusional conspiracy theories?Jacoby is supporting Gary Johnson, a claimed libertarian. We are unimpressed with him, since he seems none too sharp, and he’s not really a libertarian. He supports gay marriage, a policy that uses government power to force on the entire population the moral judgment that gay unions are as legitimate as straight ones.
If so, you’ll have no trouble supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president.
A real libertarian would privatize marriage.
So we view him to be not as outrageously bad as Trump and Clinton, but still bad. This is a bad year for American democracy.