The newly formed Northern Right to Life group at Northern Kentucky University ran into strong opposition to their temporary display of crosses that were set-up to symbolize the short life and death of aborted children. A group of vandals destroyed their exhibit [from the Northerner, HT: Michelle Malkin]:
According to University Police reports, several young females removed about 400 white crosses from the grass in front of the University Center plaza at about 5:30 p.m. on April 12.Note that the display was legal and protected:
The crosses, meant to represent a cemetery for aborted fetuses, had been temporarily erected last weekend by a student Right to Life group with permission from NKU officials.News articles report that it was the student's professor that led the attack:
Public universities cannot ban such displays because they are a type of symbolic speech that has been protected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.One wonders why the indignant professor has no comment considering that she appears in this photo, caught in the act of exercising her "freedmom-of-speech". This type of attack is what some abortion extremists resort to when the intellectual force of their arguments fail. The fallacy is called argumentum ad baculum (appeal to force).
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.
Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment."
She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a "slap in the face" to women who might be making "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion."
Jacobsen has admitted the attack on the display was violent but justified:
"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.Ironically, it looks like Jacobsen spoke at a conference in 2003 titled "Moral Education in a Diverse Society". Her session was Teaching Civic Responsibility in Women’s Studies.
The Northerner reports that the Right to Life group is planning on pressing charges:
The group has decided to press charges against those responsible.This is not the first time crosses have been pulled down and destroyed. In fact, Michelle Malkin is developing quite a list of similar incidences and also notes the relevance of Ramesh Ponnuru's book The Party of Death: The Assault on the Sanctity of Life.
"We called the police and told them that we decided to press charges," said Julie Broering, treasurer for the group. The members reached their decision after a day-long deliberation.
See LifeNews for more information.
Photo - see the Northerner - Dr. Sally Jacobsen tears the "Cemetery of Innocents" sign on Wednesday evening.