Wednesday, February 04, 2009

U of C Campus Pro Life Charged With Trespass

So, members of the U of C "Campus Pro Life" group have charged with trespassing.

To those of us who had our eyes open, this comes as no surprise. The U of C hinted quite loudly in November that this was a possibility...and rightly so - as the lands are University property.

Of course, over at Wingnut Central, this is a horrible affront:

Leah Hallman, president of CPL, stated today in an interview with LifeSiteNews that the students were "shocked" when they received the court summons, but added that "we did have an idea that it was coming."

"We're disappointed in the university," she said. Hallman said that CPS expects that six students in total will receive the summons, but that the summons have only been gradually coming in over the past week and a half.

Since 2006, the GAP, which includes large color photographs of abortion and compares abortion to other past genocides, has been set up on campus six times without incident. In 2006 and 2007, the University had protected the club’s right to put up the display under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Without incident? Hmmm...I doubt it. So I went over to the Gauntlet's website to see what had been reported in the student newspaper, and did a quick archive search to see what the response was to past Campus Pro Life poster campaigns.

Sure enough, it's been contentious in the past as well - and far from "without incident":

2005 - General objections to linking the Holocaust to Abortion - gee, big surprise there.

2005 - Editorial objecting to the presentation

2005 - Pulls the plug on their campaign because of restrictions

2005 (Spring) Campus Pro-Life Runs Afoul of Campus Security

2006 - Campus Pro Life whining about negotiations with University Administration

2007 - Pro-Life demonstration met with counter protesters

... and we all know what happened in 2008.

Without incident? I think not.

Reality here is that there is a learning moment to be applied. These people need to learn to respect the fact that the University is responsible for the lands of its campus. People who wish to raise controversial, or even spurious, campaigns can expect to be held responsible for their actions...including what they do on University property.

Act in a civil and mutually respectful manner, and you're far more likely to get a receptive audience.

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