It’s after 8pm at the University of Calgary and nobody from the notorious on-campus anti-abortion display known as the “Genocide Awareness Project” is in jail:
They’ve been threatened with arrest, fines and civil action but a pro-life group is refusing to remove its controversial display from the University of Calgary campus. [..]Prior to the display being set up Wednesday morning, the university had warned the protestors they could face fines and even arrest for disobeying.However, that hasn’t happened.
GAP comes from the same gang of deranged flakes that drive around in the infamous Fetusmobile©. The images in their display are inflammatory and hyperbolic (dead fetuses, a lynched black man, Holocaust victims, Nazi imagery), and considering that the anti-abortion movement is disproportionately stacked with nutbars, UofC was concerned about violence. It doesn’t take much to flip the switch on some of these mental defectives, and these images might potentially do it.
However, the campus anti-choice club running the display isn’t instigating violence, and they do have a right to free expression no matter how idiotic that expression might be. Unless they’re seriously getting in someone’s face, ie. crossing the “personal space” threshold, it would be wrong for the University to bring in the State Goons to arrest them just for being raging assholes. And there’s the added benefit of denying them the chance to play martyr, a habit these people indulge with annoying regularity. The UofC is private property, and so has the right to decide what’s acceptable material to display — but as a place of learning, they should choose to encourage free expression.
As much as that particular form of it disgusts me, free expression wins if this display is allowed to go on unimpeded. The best answer to ideas we find disagreeable is vigorous rebuttal, not intimidation and silencing. As for the campus fetus fetishists, I expect they’ll be ready to help man the free expression barricades when some other student group decides to have a gay erotica display.