Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pro-life clubs - What are universities afraid of anyway?

Another University pro-life group has been denied club status. This time at Ryerson University:
"In the fall semester we came together to form a student group called Students For Life at Ryerson (SFLR) and applied for club status through the Ryerson Student Union (RSU). In order to be approved and gain club status, we needed a majority vote from Ryerson Student Groups Committee. Unfortunately this did not happen.  Instead we got an email from a student group’s representative stating that we were denied club status because the union  “opposes…groups, meetings, or events that promote misogynist views towards woman [sic] and ideologies that promote gender inequity, challenges women’s right [sic] to bodily autonomy, or justifies [sic] sexual assault”. They provided us no evidence on how our group promoted misogyny or how we justified sexual assault which left us confused and offended. It was never (and never will be) our intention to marginalize, discriminate or judge women and so for our student union to make such allegations against us proves their misunderstanding of our group. After launching an appeal, our group waited a full month before being given the opportunity to appeal the denial of our student club. As a result of our meeting with our student union we were given the opportunity to plead our case for club status one last time in front of our Board of Directors. After an hour long meeting of more scrutinizing questions we were denied club status yet again by a unanimous vote."
What is it about Universities, that they are so offended by pro-life people, that they must be barred from campuses? What are these universities afraid of anyway, the truth?

And what ever happened to free speech on university campuses anyway?
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