U. of Alabama censors pro-life display but not full frontal nudity

U. of Alabama censors pro-life display but not full frontal nudity

The First Amendment extends to all Americans the right to free speech. At the University of Alabama, however, some speech evidently is freer than others, with administrators the self-appointed arbiters.

Campus Reform notes that Bama Students for Life set up a pro-life triptych on campus emblazoned with the message “NOT SAFE, NOT RARE, just legal.” The display also noted that “56 million human beings have been aborted since Roe V. Wade” and featured a photo of convicted late-term abortion physician Kermit Gosnell along with two small photos of aborted babies.

Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life, told Campus Reform that the display was mounted on Jan. 17 but was gone by Feb. 6 without any explanation. In the video that follows, Chretien pays a visit to Event Coordinator Donna Lake, who can be heard telling her, “You guys were lucky to get it up there as long as you did.” Lake maintains that university policy allows her to remove displays that have “offensive or graphic material.”

But Chretien insists that the university has allowed posters featuring full frontal male nudity and bloodstained movie advertisements, suggesting a double standard. “Who defines what is and is not offensive?” she asks rhetorically.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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