Dartmouth Students' Zero Tolerance for Pro-Life Speech
Yesterday at my alma mater, Vita Clamantis, Dartmouth's pro-life student group put up an exhibit of 546 small American flags on the lawn outside of one of the dormitory buildings. Each flag represented 100,000 lives that have been aborted in the 39 years since Roe v. Wade. Vita Clamantis explained on their blog that the purpose of the display, called the "Cemetery of the Innocents,"
is not to condemn but to ask for forgiveness and to promise hope, to promise ourselves and each other that we will do better, we will care better, we will be better. We put these flags out to ask every Dartmouth student a simple question: when your friend, your sister, your cousin, your neighbor, finds herself in this crisis, afraid and uncertain, feeling like the decision of her life weighs upon her, what will you do?
On every secular college campus, abortion is no doubt a hot button issue. But the way the display was received by fellow students is truly disappointing. The Dartmouth Review's Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Sterling Creighton Beard, reports on the stunning intolerance put on display at the College yesterday.
The display has been under assault ever since it went up. The signs put up around the edge of the event explaining its purpose were defaced, though Vita quickly replaced them. Some flags were stolen. Someone planted a sign (viewable in the slideshow at the top) that reads "May the child you save be GAY." (emphasis in the original)
Nothing, however, quite prepared the Cemetery of the Innocents for the assault that was to come at approximately 1:40, when a Toyota Camry...allegedly drove through the flags before continuing down the street.
Images courtesy of Sterling Creighton Beard