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Monday, April 17, 2006

Another public university prof gone mad

And the double standard from our educators continues...
Abortion display destroyed

400 crosses removed; NKU prof investigated

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - A professor at Northern Kentucky University said she invited students in one of her classes to destroy an anti-abortion display on campus Wednesday evening.

NKU police are investigating the incident, in which 400 crosses were removed from the ground near University Center and thrown in trash cans. The crosses, meant to represent a cemetery for aborted fetuses, had been temporarily erected last weekend by a student Right to Life group with permission from NKU officials.
Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.

"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.
Excuse me? Freedom of speech? Is that only reserved for the pro-choice crowd?
Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment."
Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said.
Still don't think she's crazy?
"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

NKU President James Votruba said..."I don't buy the claim that this is an act of freedom of speech, to destroy property."
Jacobsen is a tenured professor who has been at NKU since 1980.
The Right to Life organization formed last month in response to activity by faculty members on the other side of the issue.

The faculty group is called Educators for Reproductive Freedom. So far, it has held two lunchtime discussions on campus with speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

The group's purpose is to learn more about laws and pending legislation that affect women's reproductive rights, said philosophy professor Nancy Hancock, one of the organizers.

Pro-life students got wind of the meetings and passed out literature near the doors. They also quickly elected officers, wrote a constitution and mounted the cross display.

Hancock said she considered the student activity an overreaction.
Oh, so now students are to be discouraged from activism, but faculty members should be encouraged?




Blogger Stephanie declared,

Hopefully she gets what she deserves, and firing is the least of it.

4/18/2006 11:31 PM  

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