Increasingly, college campuses across the U.S. are becoming havens for everything but conservative thought. At these institutions of “higher learning”, safe spaces protect tender twenty-somethings from the scary concept called diversity of thought. DePaul University, a private, (loosely) Catholic university in Chicago, is just the latest example.
In the era of Black Lives Matter, you may think all lives matter. Silly you. Such an idea is offensive. You’d also be wrong if you thought a more specific campaign promoting Unborn Lives Matter would go over well.
At DePaul, the College Republicans went too far for the Catholic school and their Catholic “ideals”, or something. Campus Reform reports:
…DePaul College Republicans chapter has been censored yet again, this time over promotional flyers proclaiming that “Unborn Lives Matter.”
According to University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, the club was forbidden from using the flyers because they were “bigotry…under the cover of free speech,” meant to “provoke” members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Holtschneider not only declined to approve the flyers, but sent a letter to the entire university body explaining that the pro-life posters constituted “bigotry” and were not considered free speech.
“There will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values,” Holtschneider wrote. “When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community to be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech. In fact, you have seen this in past months, as we have declined to host a proposed speaker and asked students to redesign a banner that provokes the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Oh, the bravery of it all.
Promoting “unborn lives matter” is in no way bigotry. If the phrase provokes members of Black Lives Matter, then that’s on them entirely. Perhaps it’s because the black community has a high rate of abortion, and promoting the worth of unborn black lives is just too much of a wake-up call?
Even if it were bigotry (which it’s not), that’s actually part of free speech. Yes, others have just as much freedom to say something offensive – and even hateful – as you have to be offended by it.
Most amusing of all is that President Holtschneider uses the convenient excuse of “values” when defending his position. Even this Baptist knows that Catholics (are supposed to) view life as sacred from conception on. For some reason, I feel that DePaul’s president would fit right in with Catholics for Choice.