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Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee?

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech for everyone – even if it makes others uncomfortable. Professor Sally Jacobsen must have missed that civics lesson. She’s charged with inciting her students to destroy an anti-abortion demonstration at Northern Kentucky University last month.

Jacobsen, a literature and language professor, and six of her students face misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking for their role in the April 12 incident, which made national headlines. An anti-abortion group on campus had received permission from the administration to temporarily display 400 small crosses on campus to represent innocent lives lost to abortion, in what was called the “Cemetery of Innocents.”

Jacobsen and her students, who professed to have taken offense by display, are charged with uprooting the crosses and throwing them in a trash can. She’s also charged with encouraging her students to participate in the vandalism of the display. She has been placed on leave and was previously scheduled to retire from the university at the end of the school year.

You don’t have to be pro-life to be outraged by the action Professor Jacobsen and her students are accused of. Liberals are supposed to be tolerant of all points of view, but actions like this betray that notion. Incidents like this make it clear that for many liberals, tolerance is a one-way street.


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