By Brendan Pringle
The parent of a Connecticut high school student is challenging the existence of a campus pro-life group on the basis that it is a "hate group."
Last September, Branford High School's pro-life club chalked the sidewalks throughout campus with pro-life messages in celebration of National Pro-Life Chalk Day. The messages were harmless and included phrases like "Women need love, not abortion" and "Abortion is murder".
Five months later, during a meeting held February 20, an anonymous parent shamelessly attacked the school board for permitting the club to be chartered.
"It has come to my attention that a BHS "pro-life" club has been formed," she said. "We all know that especially today a pro-life/pro-choice debate is a very heated and intense topic. A club that is so clearly divisive should not be permitted in the public school system."
Under such skewed reasoning, any controversial topic of debate should be removed from our schools. How does she think students will be able to engage each other articulately about these critical issues after they graduate if they do not have an opportunity to discuss them with their peers at school?
The parent went on to say: "It is not a club of 'supported diversity'. It is a distraction from what our children are really there for, an education."
"Supported diversity"? Does she have a pre-set list of groups in mind that are "diverse" enough to be supported? If that's the case, then what does she define as diversity?
And finally, this parent argued that the club was somehow associated with a "terrorist" network of militant pro-lifers:
"At the very most, this is a club that gets its directive from an extreme base of hate and intolerance," she lamented. "Their tactics of killing doctors, assaulting women, blowing up clinics is terroristic in nature and a total disregard for law and woman at large."
As Sam Bailey-Loomis, the student responsible for the messages, told the Branford Buzz: "All I want to do is get the message across to as many people as I can that being pro-life is OK, and that I defend the rights of the unborn. It is NOT something that can be ignored, and I feel that only WE can defend the rights of the unborn, and that's what I'm here to do: speak for those who can't."
If the school gives into the pressure of this leftist propaganda, it would be a devastating blow for free speech and a setback for campus dialogue. This is yet another attempt by the Left to demonize those who disagree with them.
For video footage of the meeting, click here. (The exchange above occurs in the first few minutes.)