Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Johns Hopkins bans pro-life group

White supremacists???

Johns Hopkins University banned a student pro-life group. Student Senate members compared the on-campus pro-life group to white supremacists. Its black members (actually all members) took major exception to that.

Wash Times

“They were denied status because the students on the student council felt being pro-life violates their harassment policy,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told Fox News.

The SGA at Johns Hopkins voted March 12 to deny the group, called Voice for Life, the right to become an official student club. The vote was affirmed on March 24 by the SGA's Senate, Fox News reports.

According to emails obtained by Fox News, members of the SGA compared the pro-life students to white supremacists, which Ms. Hawkins said was deeply offensive to the group’s black members.

“To compare pro-lifers with white supremacists — it’s unreal,” she told Fox News.

Another SGA member said that allowing pro-life demonstrations made her feel “personally violated, targeted and attacked at a place where we previously felt safe and free to live our lives.”

An SGA senator said: “We have the right to protect our students from things that are uncomfortable. Why should people have to defend their beliefs on their way to class?” ...

The purpose of colleges is not to make people comfortable. It's to educate; that can make one feel uncomfortable. "They made me take a test; I was uncomfortable."

And why not allow all students to have their own organizations? Thought control!!

Update: I was challenged to do further research in a comment.

On March 12 the group Voice for Life was denied recognition as an official campus group. And again on March 26. This denies them the funding student groups receive and from meeting in campus buildings. Daily Caller  

However at the March 12 meeting Students for Justice in Palestine was recognized despite the group's known record of interfering with pro-Israel speakers and holding Israeli Apartheid Week. Since their point of view is approved they can disrupt and interfere, but Voice for Life students cannot do peaceful sidewalk counseling.

1 comment:

HopkinsStudent said...

I suggest you do a bit more research. The student group was not banned, they have had a chapter since 1995, although it was inactive for several years. The students were requesting funding and reinstatement; part of their proposed activities included in their application, such as sidewalk counseling at an abortion clinic down the block from campus, are in direct violation of university harassment code and policies. They were asked to resubmit their application without this activity. Students are free to be pro-life, pro-choice, etc. on campus and can freely express their views without violating code. Sidewalk counseling, and potential badgering/harassment of clinic patients and potential students on their way to the site, is what this debate centers upon. Further, comparing taking an exam to being hindered while trying to access health care, and potentially being badgered, unwelcomely, during a very personal, difficult experience, is quite off base.