UPDATE*****Mirielle Miller-Youmg is being charged for her assault on pro-life protester. I am happy*****
A few days ago an anti abortion group set up in the designated free speech zone at University of California Santa Barbara. They had literature to pass out and some poster with graphic photos of aborted fetuses. Their First Amendment rights were violated.
Mirielle Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies, stole one of the posters and gave it to some students who verbally harassed two of the protesters. The protesters followed calling for the poster to be given back, asserting their 1st Amendment rights to speak and were met with such smug ignorance that I am shaking my head.
Can you imagine such uncouth and self righteous behavior being tolerated if this had been a pro-choice poster? Of course not.
There is no issue that allows the speaker to be touched. Period.
The two protesters were sisters Thrin & Joan Short. And considering that they were set upon by a grown woman, an associate professor no less, I find them very brave.
Thrin & Joan Short called out that their poster was taken and being carried away. Those helping Professor Miller-Young (who grins maddeningly throughout) tell the girls that Miller-Young can do this because she is a professor and besides the Short girls are not students, they "don't pay money to go here".
Perhaps these students should spend a little more time in a government class than in "feminist studies" class. And what does one do with a degree in "feminist studies" besides teach the same nonsense at other schools? What is the practical application?
It doesn't matter if Miller-Young is an associate professor, a full tenured professor, an administrator, a janitor or a student; she had no right to touch the poster, direct anyone to carry away the poster or, most of all, touch Thrin Short.
Assault charges should be filed. As well as petty larceny and destruction of private property. The police showed up and found the poster destroyed.
Now for the part I find bitterly amusing. The thing people are quibbling about. The thing this professor and her students seem to find justification in. The red herring.
The graphic images on the posters. What rank hypocrisy. The poster shows the reality of an abortion. It educates you about what a fetus really is and what an aborted fetus really looks like.
Now to those who would say that it's just for shock value and not education, let me ask you this -
What about the anti-smoking campaigns that show people who have trachs? Or are horribly disfigured? That's supposedly ok. It's very graphic but it's meant to educate on the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
What about the "Faces of Meth" campaign that shows people's booking photos to illustrate the ravages of meth-amphetamine abuse? They are graphic, but they are meant to educate.
What about the people who want you to stop buying from puppy mills or eating veal? They show us poor animals in horrible, stomach churning conditions.
There are people out there every day demanding that little elementary school student receive sex education and information on sexual orientation. Many before their parents want them to know about sex in such detail. But those parents concerns are pushed aside in the crusade to educate.
And what about the pro-choice protesters who never miss a chance to wave a bloody coat hanger at their rallies? That's pretty graphic. And the pro-choice people who brought used tampons and sanitary napkins to the Texas legislature to throw at those opposing that ridiculous Wendy Davis. Even if it was some other substance to make the tampons just look used (ketchup?), still gross.
But apparently when it comes to abortion, no education is necessary. People, that's how we end up with such fiends as Kermit Gosnell (no, I will not call him Doctor). Many of Gosnell's victims had no idea what the procedure would do to them and how they'd feel afterwards.
And before you dismiss me as "Republican" and "Catholic" and "conservative"; on abortion I am libertarian. You want one, have one. But don't involve me. I would never, it's my personal choice.
Just don't ask me to drink the Kool-Aid when certain people cry for education on all these things and often times in very graphic terms.....but not for abortion.