This week, two separate incidents on opposite sides of the country seemed to confirm a disturbing, anti-life trend in America’s education system.
On Wednesday, The Church Militant reported that Pennsylvania high school students were denied approval to start a pro-life club. According to a “right to establish” demand letter issued by the Thomas Moore Society, Parkland High School administrators told students that the club was too “controversial” and “political,” despite the fact that the school already has a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club and a Political Science club.
In another case, California State University–San Marcos students were denied $500 in funding for their Students for Life campus chapter. On Wednesday, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit against the university, accusing officials of “unfair and discriminatory” funding that favors liberal groups like the Gender Equity Center and the LGBTQA Pride Center. This past year, CSU-SM granted the two centers nearly $300,000, which the ADF notes “is more than 53% of the Student Activity Fees allocated to fund student advocacy… .”
— AllianceDefends (@AllianceDefends) May 18, 2017
“The result is a two-track system by which the University compels some students to fund the speech of their peers with whom they may disagree, but prohibits those same students from using these funds to present a different viewpoint,” the ADF suit asserts.
The common denominators in both of these cases are the schools’ overt support for LGBT groups and their explicit rejection of pro-life advocacy groups. Both raise grave concerns about how institutions of education are upholding (or failing to uphold, as the case may be) the First Amendment freedoms granted to all Americans under the Constitution.
If the discriminatory establishment and funding of clubs that favor a narrow set of liberal values is indeed a nationwide trend, it casts a dismal shadow on the future of free speech and association in America.
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