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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, April 14, 2006

Display on abortion destroyed

400 crosses removed; Northern Kentucky University prof investigated

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Sally Jacobsen, a longtime (tenured) professor in NKU's literature and language department admitted she had invited students to tear down an anti-abortion display on campus.
400 crosses were pulled out the ground near University Center, destroyed, and thrown in trash cans. The crosses had been put up by a student group, the Right to Life, with permission from NKU, symbolizing a cemetery for aborted fetuses.

Because they are a type of symbolic speech that has been protected by the U.S. Supreme Court, public universities are not allowed to ban these kinds of displays. Campus police are investigating.

Some key (and very interesting) quotes from Professor Johnson:
  • "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.
  • "Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it."
(Emphasis mine - ed.)

Without directly quoting her, the story reported, "Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said."

Amazing isn't it?


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