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School where professor attacked pro-life teen claims they were visited by “proselytizers hawking intolerance in the name of religious belief”

Posted in pro-choice violence, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by saynsumthn

The California school that employs a professor accused of attacking a teen-aged pro-life demonstrator has issued an apology…sort of, according to Fox News.

In a long-winded 1,000-word letter that reads more like a diatribe than a mea culpa, University of California at Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor Michael Young eventually conceded that women’s studies professor Mireille Miller-Young should not have snatched a pro-life sign from 16-year-old Thrin Short, giving backhanded praise to the framers of the Constitution.

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According to National Review, When the university finally opened up after several weeks of silence on the matter, the administration did not condemn the unnecessary and spiteful attack by a member of its faculty. Instead, it attacked the “anti-abortion crusaders” and “evangelical types” who came to campus “to provoke us, to taunt us and attempt to turn us against one another.”

Our Founding Fathers – all white men of privilege, some even slave owners – got it right when designing the First Amendment of the Constitution,” Young wrote in an open memo to the student body.

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In a Memo to students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara, Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young writes, “Over the past several weeks, our campus has been visited by a number of outside groups and individuals coming here to promote an ideology, to promulgate particular beliefs (at times extreme beliefs), or simply to create discord that furthers a certain personal agenda. Some passionately believe in their causes, while others peddle hate and intolerance with less than noble aims.

Whatever the motives and goals, the presence of such people and groups on campus can be disruptive and has the potential to draw us into the kind of conflict that puts at risk the quality of exchange of ideas that is fundamental to the mission of our university. What is happening now is not new: evangelical types have been visiting UCSB and university campuses since time immemorial. What we see at UCSB today is simply the most recent generation of true believers, self proclaimed prophets, and provocateurs.

During the past few weeks, UCSB has been visited by various anti abortion crusaders. Some have been considerate and thoughtful in promoting their message; others have
openly displayed images that many in our community find distressing and offensive. We have also seen earnest and thoughtful religious missionaries, and we have seen
proselytizers hawking intolerance in the name of religious belief
.As a consequence of interactions with the more extreme of our visitors, students have expressed outrage, pain,embarrassment, fear, hurt, and feelings of harassment. Moreover, I have received requests that the campus prohibit the peddling of “fear,” “hate,” “intolerance,” and “discord” here at UCSB
.” Read rest here.

On March 22 – The Santa Barbara District Attorney filed charges of grand theft, battery, and vandalism against Professor Mireille Miller-Young for violence she committed against young pro-life activists who held a peaceful outreach on the UC Santa Barbara campus on March 4th.

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March 27, 2014 the The radical pro-abortion professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara made headlines when she went berserk on a group of pro-life advocates on campus earlier this month.

The professor claimed that she set a good example when she attempted to incite students to violence and initiated the theft of a pro-life activist’s sign. We hope that the only example set by her actions is that crime will not be tolerated by the DA, nor the University of California. The prosecution should reach a resolution that deters anyone from committing these crimes again.

Catherine Short is the mother of 21-year-old Joan Short and 16-year-old Trin Short, two of the young women assaulted by the professor. She is also an attorney and Life Legal Defense Foundation Legal Director and issued a full statement about the case HERE.

Thrin Short was also interviewed on the pro-life TV show – Life Talk which can be viewed here:

Thrin Short Life Talk April 2014

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, Inc. and host of Life Talk was outraged.

Mark Crutcher Life Talk April 2014

Crutcher asked why parents would send their kids to a school with such poor judgment that they did not fire Miller-Young immediately, “What is wrong with the parents and the students who are going there …paying all this money to go to an institution that would have a woman like this on staff. Why wasn’t she fired? If I had a kid going there, first off I am going to call the school and say, you’re not getting another nickel from me as long as this woman’s on staff. Because, it indicates bad judgment on your part. You’re judgment is so poor that this woman can admit that she did this thing, and then come out and say, I had the right to do it? And you’re going to keep her on staff, and you’re going to let her try to mold young minds? Not with my money, you’re not. Why are students still going there and why are parents still paying for it? That’s the part I don’t understand,” Crutcher stated.

Crutcher is publicly calling for the professor to be fired.

Short told Life Talk that the professor injured her scratching her arms.

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I would ask UC Santa Barbara, Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young just who was the INTOLERANT one here?

Mary Elizabeth Williams keep your Morality to yourself !

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by saynsumthn

MEWilliams_Bio-75x75 Writing for Salon Magazine – Mary Elizabeth Williams gives a very stern warning to pro-choicers who assault and steal from “anti-abortion protesters.”

Lets tell the back story.

On March 4, 2014 two young pro-life women with the group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust led a pro-life outreach at UC Santa Barbara.

milleryoungDuring the event pro-lifers say that pro-choice Mireille Miller-Young, a UC Santa Barbara professor of Feminist Studies whose areas of study include Pornography; Sex Work; and Feminist & Queer Theory stole the pro-life sign from a young pro-life activist who was trained by Survivors. Miller then took the sign into an elevator, where she repeatedly pushed, and even pulled the victim, who was attempting to hold the elevator doors open until police arrived, according to members of Survivors.

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A video of the incident was posted online and soon the media was a buzz with the pro-choice intolerance:

Back to Mary Elizabeth Williams – she writes, “Ignoring the trolls – it’s not just good advice online. It’s indispensable in real life too. You see, this should have been a slam dunk. Instead, we have a tale in which radical anti-choice protesters wind up being depicted in the media as good guys.”

According to Mary Elizabeth Williams, “Accounts vary as to what exactly happened when the Christian group descended on UCSB earlier this month, but according to 21-year-old Joan Short, she and her 16-year-old sister Thrin were displaying three large signs and handing out literature when Dr. Mireille Miller-Young approached them, and a heated exchange ensued. Miller-Young allegedly then led a group of students in a chant of “Tear down the sign! Tear down the sign!” before taking one of the banners away from the girls and walking away. What follows in the video the “Survivors” group has released shows the professor and two other females walking into a building with a very large sign that appears to depict a bloody fetus. When the girls call her a thief, she yells back, “I may be a thief but you’re a terrorist.”

Now – this is the same Mary Elizabeth Williams who once wrote an article for Salon entitled “So What If Abortion Ends A Life“. Quoting the article and Ms. Williams, “I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice…Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always. When we on the pro-choice side get cagey around the life question, it makes us illogically contradictory.”

Moving back to the violent professor Mary Elizabeth Wiliams with no concept of morality appears to get some morality when she writes:

“These antiabortion groups are sneaky and disruptive and they fully count on provoking an emotional response and playing victim when they get one. When it happens, they have a field day. So here’s a reminder: don’t do it. Don’t take their stuff. It’s called stealing, and you’re going to have a hard time convincing anybody otherwise. Don’t push them. Don’t touch them at all. If they’re trespassing, have them removed. If they’re creating a disturbance, call a cop. But don’t give them ammunition.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams ends her tirade with this sentence, “This week, Michigan’s “rape insurance” law has gone into effect. Clinics are closing. New laws are trying to impose longer waiting times for women before letting them obtain abortions. Our reproductive rights are being chipped away in this country. We are in a full-blown crisis. And the last thing on earth we need right now is to look like we’re the out of control ones here.”

So there you have it people. Rather than declare the right to protest, free speech, the excitement that young women would be counter-cultural and stand up to the establishment Professor seeking to censor them, the “Right to choose” to speak your own mind without Government or shall we say School interference, feminist Mary Elizabeth Williams appears angry – almost embarrassed that her side- the intolerant “pro-choice” side was exposed on national media for the hypocrites and violent people they really are.

Mary Elizabeth Williams has taken it upon herself to scold the pro-choice left in this country and to define what is and is NOT acceptable behavior – something they seem to loathe when the pro-life right does it.

Let’s recap: pushing your morality on others by by telling or in this case showing people who choose to slaughter innocent babies in the womb they are wrong is totally unacceptable. However, you ARE allowed to lecture your fellow pro-choicers about how to behave around pro-lifers so as to not “look like we’re the out of control ones here.”

Get it – or just confused?

Censorship on UC Santa Barbara Campus as Pro-choice Feminist Studies Professor Steals Pro-Life Sign

Posted in Censorship, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Progressive with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by saynsumthn

On March 4, 2014 Joan Short of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust led a pro-life outreach at UC Santa Barbara.

milleryoungDuring the event pro-lifers say that pro-choice Mireille Miller-Young, a UC Santa Barbara professor of Feminist Studies whose areas of study include Pornography; Sex Work; and Feminist & Queer Theory stole the pro-life sign from a young pro-life activist who was trained by Survivors. Miller then took the sign into an elevator, where she repeatedly pushed, and even pulled the victim, who was attempting to hold the elevator doors open until police arrived, according to members of Survivors.

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Joan Short recalls the event, “a woman stopped by and I could see my roommate, Mairead, talking to her with Sarah chiming in now and then. I hoped it was good conversation for Sarah’s first time. Then Thrin came around to the front of the sign and joined in. I was afraid, at this point, that the woman might feel like they were ganging up on her. Boy was I wrong!

As the woman’s shouts of “millions of children in Africa,” “my body,” “foster-care system,” etc. got louder and louder, a crowd of students gathered around. I could tell that Thrin wasn’t getting on very well with the woman, but I still didn’t want to interrupt because she is probably just as experienced as I am. If the students could hear what Thrin was saying, then they would be able to judge who was speaking rationally. I walked along the outer fringes of the crowd, asking what they thought. One girl said, “I’m just listening; that’s my professor.”

The professor was really working the crowd, letting any student ask a question, but not letting Thrin answer anything thoroughly. The professor shouted, “We don’t need to listen to these people. They don’t have our permission to be here. Should we tear down their sign?” She rallied the crowd of about fifteen to chant, “Tear down this sign! Tear down this sign!”

A few of us started talking to the students individually. The chanting stopped as the real conversations began. I asked one girl what she thought about the signs. She said “I’m pro-life, I get it, but this is kind of shocking to see when you come out of class.” Her friend joined in, “You don’t understand; you guys don’t know what it’s like to go through the foster care system.” This was familiar ground for me. Yes, the foster care system has some major flaws and I felt sorry for the girl and told her so.

As I talked to her I noticed that the professor was walking from one group to another saying, “They’re separating us; we’ve got to stick together.” I had gotten to the point in the conversation, where the heart of the issue is laid bare: is the fetus a living human being?

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Just then, there was a general shout. The professor had just pulled the sign away from Sarah. Sarah looked shocked. I tried to grab the sign, but she pulled it away from me. Another friend, Clare, stood in her way and grabbed the sign. Not wanting to start a brawl, I told her to let go. The professor kept walking down the sidewalk with two students helping her. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but kept following them and called 911 on Clare’s phone. As I talked to the police and Thrin videotaped, we followed the thieves into a building.

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Walking down a hallway, the professor turned to two women standing in a doorway and asked them to get in our way so they could get away. Luckily, they did not comply. We turned a corner and found that the fugitives had entered an elevator. Thinking the police might be there any minute, Thrin tried to keep the door open with her foot. The professor tried to push Thrin out, leaving scratches on Thrin’s arms. When she couldn’t get Thrin out of the way of the door, she got out of the elevator and tried to pull Thrin away. Thrin finally let go of the elevator door when she realized that the students inside the elevator were trying to take the video camera out of her hand, which was also holding the door open. The elevator left without the professor, who got in the next elevator.

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This whole time I was trying to explain what was going on to the police. I was in an unfamiliar place, on an unfamiliar phone, trying to deal with a very unfamiliar situation. Eventually, the police came, but the excitement was over. When I got back to our group, they were just finishing passing out the fliers. The police talked to several of us, including Sarah, and watched the video that Thrin had taken. It was time for us to go, so we left everything in the policemen’s hands and packed up. On the way back to our school the policeman called to tell us that they had found the sign, but it had been destroyed.

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Nothing like this has ever happened to me before and I hope it will never happen again, but it did not destroy the work that we did. We were able to handle individuals. What we did not expect to encounter was a professor inciting a mob. Although we were interrupted, we reached a lot of students. Many of them will not be able to think complacently about abortion ever again. They will not have abortions themselves nor will they counsel their friends to. With babies dying every day, we know that we have to use even our spare time to do something to end abortion. We will continue to bring the truth about abortion to UCSB.”

UPDATE MARCH 19, 2014:

A copy of the Police Report Has been Issued:

In the report, Miller-Young, who is pregnant, said she was “triggered” by the graphic images of aborted fetuses on the large posters and said she felt the demonstrators didn’t have a right to be on the university’s campus, because their messages were upsetting to her and students. When asked by police if there had been a struggle between her and the activists when she took the poster, Miller-Young responded, “I’m stronger, so I was able to take the poster.”

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