Creative Destruction

April 14, 2006

Stifling of Dissent at Northern Kentucky University

Filed under: Current Events,Free Speech — Robert @ 3:49 pm

"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it."

So says the literature professor who apparently led nine female students in tearing down a university-sanctioned display put up by a campus pro-life activist group. She continued "Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged." Outraged? That other people dared to have a pro-life viewpoint? And that they further dared to actually express it?

Apparently, the free speech rights of other people don't count for anything, if they make you feel angry or outraged. (Note the contradiction, as well – the display is "silly" when its importance to other people is being deprecated to minimize the offense, but it's an "outrage" when it comes to her feelings.)

This is classic. MY feelings are so important that they trump other people's rights. YOUR feelings are so insignificant that I can ignore you. This is the moral calculus possessed by a five-year old.

The symbolism of crosses – each of which represented an aborted fetus – being thrown into the garbage can by female students speaks for itself.

(Via Michelle Malkin.)

(Adam – we could use a "First Amendment" category.) 



  1. That’s appalling.

    I don’t think Adam will mind if I go ahead and add a “First Amendment” category.

    Comment by Ampersand — April 15, 2006 @ 2:28 am | Reply

  2. On second thought, I made it a “free speech” category. “Free speech” is, I think, a category that includes first amendment issues but is more expansive. Plus, not all posters here are from the USA.

    Comment by Ampersand — April 15, 2006 @ 2:32 am | Reply

  3. Yeah, good call.

    I put this in the same league as the mohammed cartoon. No one should have to censor themselves just to avoid offending someone else.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 17, 2006 @ 12:41 am | Reply

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