Jan 23, 2013 Comments Off Dinah Tellya
Excerpted from Todd Starnes: As many as 20 vandals destroyed an elaborate pro-life display at DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university.
The Young Americans for Freedom chapter received permission to erect 500 blue and pink flags to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The flags represented the number of unborn children aborted every day.
YAF spokesperson Kate Edwards told Fox News that surveillance video shows as many as 20 people ripping up the flags and stuffing them into trash cans.
“They had been thrown and stuffed into various trash cans outside the library,” Edwards said. “If this happens on the largest Catholic university campus in our nation – it can happen anywhere.”
University spokesperson Cindy Lawson told Fox News they are investigating the vandalism and are attempting to find out who is responsible. She could not confirm the exact number of flags that were destroyed.
“DePaul has a very clear free speech policy,” Lawson said. “And although we don’t expect all of our students to be of the same mind on issues, we do stress the importance of respecting others’ right to freely express their opinions on issues.”
Kristopher Del Campo, the chairman of the DePaul YAF chapter, told Fox News he was “shocked” by what happened.
“It is a sad thing to see that liberal minded students aren’t more tolerant, and don’t respect the views of those who respect the lives of the unborn,” he said. “It’s really discouraging and I’m saddened by that.”
Edwards said the YAF chapter had secured permission from the university to set up the display. She said it’s just another example of intolerance on a university campus.
“Conservatives are being silenced every day on campuses around the country and we must help them continue to fight – even in the most hostile environment in America – the college campus,” she said.
Edwards said it’s not the first time YAF chapters have been victims of criminal acts.
“We had protestors stomp on American flags during a 9-11 Never Forget project,” she said. “One student burned a flag with a lighter – in front of me. These are not isolated incidents.”
She said many universities are reluctant to even let conservatives start clubs on their campuses.
“We here things happening to our YAF chapters all the time,” she said. “We’ve had students deal with discrimination and intolerance from administrators who don’t want them on campus.”
Among those alarmed at the vandalism is Celia Bigelow, campus director for American Majority Action.