On the heels of a story about a pro-life protester getting punched in the face near a Planned Parenthood clinic, we now have pro-life posters being torn down in a designated “free speech” area (ha) on the University of Florida campus.
The posters were there to advertise an event called “Exposing Margaret Sanger” and were captioned with the statement “Margaret Sanger Was A Racist Eugenist.”
Now, if Margaret Sanger could rise from her mouldering grave to sue for slander and libel over being called a racist and an advocate for eugenics –- selective breeding for preferred genetic traits –- she would almost certainly lose the case. This dear-departed darling of pro-choice progressives absolutely was those things. And the student group Young Americans For Freedom has as much right as any other student group to have a discussion on their topic of choice and to advertise it. But progressives are pro-choice only when it comes to abortion, leaping to restrict choice on permissible speech.
When an unidentified student started leisurely ripping down the posters, crumpling them and throwing them into the trash, someone from YAF started recording it on video and repeatedly asked him why he was doing it. Instead of engaging in civil discussion, the student knocked the phone out of his hand and onto the pavement. Perhaps he resorted to lashing out because somewhere inside his little pea brain, he feared he might lose a battle of wits. No doubt that fear was justified.
He later explained that he thought there were “too many” posters up. If that was the case, he needed to make a complaint through proper channels, not tear the posters down and certainly not attack someone physically and damage his personal property. Oddly, the campus police appeared to side with the vandals, but perhaps they were unclear on the concept of “free speech.” They reportedly suggested that it means your freedom to put up a poster and someone else’s freedom to take it down.
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