Photo Credit: Matt Cashore

On Sunday, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins announced his decision to cover the murals of Christopher Columbus in the university’s iconic main building, the “Dome.” Grant Strobl (National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and student at Notre Dame Law School) and Luke Jones (Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Notre Dame) are calling on the university to reverse its decision.

“Sadly the University of Notre Dame decided to coddle its students by shielding them from a painting of an important figure in world history,” Grant Strobl said. “If we adopt the standard of judging previous generations by current standards, we may reach a point where there are no longer accomplishments to celebrate.”

“We are calling on the University of Notre Dame to act quickly to overturn this decision and proudly display the remarkable artwork depicting Christopher Columbus,” Luke Jones said. “This is not a political issue or an issue of racism and bigotry as claimed so ridiculously by some students and legitimized by the university’s actions. At an institution of higher education, students should not be shielded by drapes from ideas they may disagree with in the name of political correctness. If the university continues to cater to groups who claim offense, at what point will the censorship on campus stop? Will the Vietnam War Memorial be next?”

“We are evaluating additional actions,” noted Grant Strobl.

The Notre Dame Young Americans for Freedom (ND YAF) advocates for the conservative ideas of free enterprise, limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense. ND YAF is part of a network of more than 500 chapters across the country and is a project of Young America’s Foundation, which works to advance the Conservative Movement on more than 2,000 campuses.


For additional information or to request an interview contact Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown via sbrown@yaf.org. 

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