Rocky Mountain College, a Christian college in Billings, Montana, said they are pro-life, but they can’t let the Young Americans For Freedom group put up its pro-life display. It’s not discrimination, they claim; we pretty much ban all political displays on campus, including other important topics like immigration and environmental issues.
The school appears to be an otherwise solidly Christian school and open to some political discussion; they recently hosted Fox News host Lara Logan as part of its Presidential Lecture Series. Its campus ministry has a variety of worship services, Bible study, and charitable outreach. So that’s why what they did to YAF is surprising.
The Dean of Students, Brad Nason, according to Campus Reform, the group’s display would be to controversial. They report that he told the student leader, Emily Kokot, “‘I’m sorry Emily but that is not a program that would be allowed at RMC…The College has no objection to discourse and dialog about/around the pro-life movement, but we draw the line at public displays of divisive topics. A physical ‘memorial for abortion victims’ falls into that category. . . . For the record, the President’s Cabinet recently rejected a similar request for an on-campus marketing campaign, that would have included what most would interpret as liberal messaging, around the topics of immigrant rights, climate change, science, and racism. We considered that program unnecessarily and inappropriately confrontational.'”
You can read the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s letter here.
John Jourdan, the Montana Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America said in a statement, “This is a clear violation of the free-speech rights of pro-life students on campus. Young Americans for Freedom has every right to share their views on abortion. It is only by discussing issues like abortion that we can make progress on ending this human rights abuse.”
The ability to talk about abortion on campus is imperative on college campuses, especially when Planned Parenthood deliberately opens up facilities within a 5-mile radius of college campuses.
It seems Rocky Mountain College isn’t interested in only limiting conservative speech, but all free speech.https://t.co/hopTlVnFkK
— YAF (@yaf) October 31, 2019
Furthermore, over 50% of women obtaining abortions identify as either Protestant or Catholic, further validating the necessity of Christian colleges being welcoming to pro-life displays.
We hope this college reverses its decision and allows the group to put up its display.