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THE CROSSES THEY CANNOT BEAR
Michelle Malkin's blog ^ | 14 April 2006 | Professor Jacobson

Posted on 04/14/2006 8:57:50 AM PDT by stm

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - A professor at Northern Kentucky University said she invited students in one of her classes to destroy an anti-abortion display on campus Wednesday evening. NKU police are investigating the incident, in which 400 crosses were removed from the ground near University Center and thrown in trash cans. The crosses, meant to represent a cemetery for aborted fetuses, had been temporarily erected last weekend by a student Right to Life group with permission from NKU officials.

Public universities cannot ban such displays because they are a type of symbolic speech that has been protected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Witnesses reported "a group of females of various ages" committing the vandalism about 5:30 p.m., said Dave Tobertge, administrative sergeant with the campus police.

Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.

"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.

Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment."

She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a "slap in the face" to women who might be making "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion."

Jacobsen said it originally wasn't clear who had placed the crosses on campus.

She said that could make it appear that NKU endorsed the message.

Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said.

"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

NKU President James Votruba said any evidence of criminal conduct in the incident will be turned over to prosecutors. He said he appreciated the emotional nature of the abortion debate and was glad that diverse viewpoints are represented at the school, but he condemned the destruction of the crosses.

"Freedom-of-speech rights end where you infringe on someone else's freedom of speech," Votruba said.

"I don't buy the claim that this is an act of freedom of speech, to destroy property."

He said he was gathering information about the extent of Jacobsen's participation.

"I don't know if she was pulling up the crosses, but I think she was out there with the students. If so, as far as I'm concerned, she went outside the conditions of her employment," Votruba said.

He declined to say what consequences she might face. Jacobsen is a tenured professor who has been at NKU since 1980.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: leftismoncampus; leftistlooney; malkin; michellemalkin; nku; nkuedujacobsen; nkuedujacosen; sallyjacobsen; shehasahomepage
Michelle sums it up in a simple sentence: "Look--liberal "tolerance" at work again!"
1 posted on 04/14/2006 8:57:52 AM PDT by stm
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To: stm

You have no rights if a liberal FEELS you have wronged them....

Liberals are pathetic selfish individuals who try to rationalize their selfishness into selflessness.. its truly pathetic and dispicable to watch.


2 posted on 04/14/2006 9:00:47 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: stm
Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said. "Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

The fascism of the left. Freedom of speech for me - NOTHING for you. Fire this professor and expel the students who participated...

3 posted on 04/14/2006 9:01:42 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: stm

Well, bless him! A college administrator with a brain!! And a backbone, as a bonus!


4 posted on 04/14/2006 9:02:34 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: stm
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.

What a warped idea of 'free speech'!

5 posted on 04/14/2006 9:03:14 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: stm
"Freedom-of-speech rights end where you infringe on someone else's freedom of speech," Votruba said.

I think I like this guy.

6 posted on 04/14/2006 9:03:24 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: 2banana
The fascism of the left. Freedom of speech for me - NOTHING for you. Fire this professor and expel the students who participated...

It's quite possible that if the university pushes for this to become a criminal matter then not even tenure will protect the good Professor Jacobsen's job.

7 posted on 04/14/2006 9:05:38 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: Antonello
In one sentence he has summed up the out-of-round liberal mindset on this topic.

I can say and do any damn thing I want to your freedom of speech but if you protest my actions, then you are infringing on my right to free speech.

A classic definition of double standard or hypocrisy!
8 posted on 04/14/2006 9:09:58 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: stm

Liberals once again demonstrating their idea of free speech.


9 posted on 04/14/2006 9:13:52 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: stm
Dr. Sally Jacobsen's Home Page

Hello. I am a professor of English in the Department of Literature and Language at Northern Kentucky University. I am also the Interim Director of Women's Studies. This page outlines many of the courses that I teach.

For more information on the courses I teach, please contact the NKU Literature and Language Department by calling (859) 572-5416, or visit their webpage at www.nku.edu/~litlang. You may also direct related questions to me.

My contact information is:
Dr. Sally Jacobsen
Office: Landrum 545
Office Telephone Number: (859) 572-5506
E-mail Address: jacobsen@nku.edu

10 posted on 04/14/2006 9:17:08 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Antonello
It's actually a gal you chauvinist!! (just kidding)
11 posted on 04/14/2006 9:21:26 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: HamiltonJay

The real nazis in America are the so called elites of the left wing like this POS professor and the famous Faux Indian Chief, Churchhill.


12 posted on 04/14/2006 9:21:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: stm
It's actually a gal you chauvinist!! (just kidding)

James Votruba is a gal?

13 posted on 04/14/2006 9:26:52 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: Antonello

I thought you were talking about the author, Sally Jacobson. My bad.


14 posted on 04/14/2006 9:27:47 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: stm
In one sentence he has summed up the out-of-round liberal mindset on this topic.

'I can say and do any damn thing I want to your freedom of speech but if you protest my actions, then you are infringing on my right to free speech.'

A classic definition of double standard or hypocrisy!

I missed that quote in the article. Who said it, and where can I find it?

15 posted on 04/14/2006 9:29:48 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: stm
""Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said."

Oh well that justifies it - you stupid POS loser.
16 posted on 04/14/2006 9:32:34 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (Say NO! to "No Illegal Alien Left Behind" legislation...)
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To: Antonello

I guess I should not have italicized it, it was my quote not hers......


17 posted on 04/14/2006 9:33:30 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: stm
I guess I should not have italicized it, it was my quote not hers......

Ah, got it now. Sorry about being a little confused - I can be slow sometimes.

18 posted on 04/14/2006 9:43:54 AM PDT by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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Bunch of a$$hole$. I'm not surprised this hateful Nazi is a tenured Professor.


19 posted on 04/14/2006 9:45:48 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: stm
"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it," Jacobsen said.

She puts the "Baby" in Baby Boomer.

20 posted on 04/14/2006 9:50:11 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops. Our thanks to each and every one of you!)
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To: stm
"Freedom-of-speech rights end where you infringe on someone else's freedom of speech," Votruba said. "I don't buy the claim that this is an act of freedom of speech, to destroy property."

Words of wisdom!

21 posted on 04/14/2006 9:53:06 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: stm
"Freedom-of-speech rights end where you infringe on someone else's freedom of speech," Votruba said."

so said the COLLEGE President.....WAY TO GO.....someone with a BRAIN on a college campus!

22 posted on 04/14/2006 9:56:39 AM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: stm

I wonder what would happen to me if I encourage people to express their freedom of speach by beating the snot out of her because I FEEL outraged at her behavior!


23 posted on 04/14/2006 9:57:29 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: jigsaw
Looks like the good professor has put on a bit of weight compared to the picture she displays of herself on her home page.


Northern Kentucky University professor Sally Jacobsen tears the "Cemetery of Innocents" sign on Wednesday evening. Photo credit: Sarah Loman, The Northerner Online

24 posted on 04/14/2006 9:58:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: stm
Picture below: Dr. Sally Jacobson tears down the main "Cemetery of Innocents" sign displayed by the campus pro-life group.

Picture below: Pro-abortion students remove crosses from the display.

source:http://www.lifenews.com/state1590.html

25 posted on 04/14/2006 10:02:42 AM PDT by rawhide
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"if the university pushes for this to become a criminal matter..."

I hope they do. Wouldn't this be destruction of property at the very least?

Carolyn

26 posted on 04/14/2006 10:03:13 AM PDT by CDHart
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Northern Right To Life members - (from left) Ryan Jones, Nicole Smithson, Julie Broering and Katie Walker - stand next to crosses they erected to protest abortion. Vandals removed and scattered the crosses Wednesday. The group planned to guard the display overnight.

source:http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060414/NEWS0103/604140420

27 posted on 04/14/2006 10:06:22 AM PDT by rawhide
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Here are the crosses before they were vandalized and destroyed.


Northern Right To Life members - (from left) Ryan Jones, Nicole Smithson, Julie Broering and Katie Walker - stand next to crosses they erected to protest abortion. Vandals removed and scattered the crosses Wednesday. The group planned to guard the display overnight.

Does anyone remember when some crosses were uprooted at Cindy Sheehan's "Peace Camp" last summer?

The MSM had a fit.

28 posted on 04/14/2006 10:07:26 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Do you think that picture might have been taken today, after the criminal activity took place? The date stamp on the picture has today's date? Not sure, but anyway, I hope the professor gets what she deserves.


29 posted on 04/14/2006 10:14:29 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: CDHart
It's actually more than a property crime. The professor is an employee of a state institution. She is therefore an agent of the state, who in that capacity incited others to suppress the speech of those who planted the crosses in the first place. If that isn't state action in violation of the First Amendment, I don't know what is. How about a civil action against the professor, the university, and the State for this civil rights violation?

Incidentally, this "professor" probably supports Planned Parenthood counseling that is based on the premise that a fetus is not a human being while at the same time she believes that a visible statement that a fetus is a human being is worthy of suppression.

30 posted on 04/14/2006 10:18:59 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: stm
"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

"I'm also offering to pay the cost of replacing all of the crosses out of my own pocket," Professor Jacobsen added. /sarcasm

31 posted on 04/14/2006 10:19:05 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.

Freedom of speech does not extend to destroying another's works or property. If that were the case, I could go around ripping the shirts off of women and claiming it was freedom of speech rather than sexual assault.

32 posted on 04/14/2006 10:22:47 AM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
She should also be willing to accept the fines and possible jail time for criminal mischief........Femmenazi
33 posted on 04/14/2006 10:25:01 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: stm

"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said


and after all it is all about how she feels.....


34 posted on 04/14/2006 10:26:07 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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"and after all it is all about how she feels....."

How her actions make others feel, of course, is of no consequence. Because it's all about her and the rest of the libtards like her.
35 posted on 04/14/2006 10:36:57 AM PDT by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: p. henry
That's a flawed logic on her part, isn't it?

Carolyn

36 posted on 04/14/2006 10:38:57 AM PDT by CDHart
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I wrote an extremely civil e-mail to the University president, and this is the response I received:

The Northern Kentucky University Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident fully and I assure you that appropriate criminal and campus disciplinary action will be taken based upon the results of that investigation. Thank you. Christopher L. Cole ('99, '04) Director of Media Relations Northern Kentucky University Ph - (859) 572-6574 Fax - (859) 572-6190

Just one question: the Department of Public Safety?

37 posted on 04/14/2006 5:21:40 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: stm
Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi flags....

Sometimes words simply fail me....

38 posted on 04/14/2006 5:25:09 PM PDT by Guenevere
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#38..should read Nazi displays
39 posted on 04/14/2006 5:26:05 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: stm
This ol'gal is just another illegal alien who overstayed her visa.

Time to ship her back to the Mother Country ~ with strict instructions that they keep her there.

40 posted on 04/14/2006 7:44:02 PM PDT by muawiyah (-)
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To: hsalaw

Their security people are probably that part of the Department. Campus cops have a lot of the same powers as do regular police.


41 posted on 04/14/2006 7:48:45 PM PDT by stm (Our country and world are at a crossroads. Taking the wrong path is not an option.)
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To: Junior

A USAF Colonel found this out the hard way. Remember that libtard that spray-painted peoples cars?


42 posted on 04/14/2006 7:50:55 PM PDT by stm (Our country and world are at a crossroads. Taking the wrong path is not an option.)
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To: stm

Thanks. I didn't know that.


43 posted on 04/14/2006 11:11:44 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: stm
In the topsy-turvy thinking of some academics, depicting aborted babies as people is to be merit being compared to NAZIs, while the more sensible position of regarding them as excess tissue to be discarded is sacrosanct.

Regardless of where you may stand on the abortion issue, silencing the opposing point of view by destroying its expression is precisely the means of the Brownshirts. Who are the NAZIs here?

44 posted on 04/15/2006 6:02:29 PM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: stm

Now we'll get to find out if North Kentucky U is a real University.
If it is, Prof. Jacobsen will rally the wymen and metrosexual males
of the campus to oust the President of the University.

All they need to do is call the folks who ousted Lawrence Summers from
Harvard for the obscene gesture of making a speculative comment.


45 posted on 04/15/2006 6:15:35 PM PDT by VOA
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"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

So typically liberal. Her actions are based entirely upon emotion rather than the exercise of critical thought and reason. I would expect such behavior from a criminal . . . Oops, she is a criminal.

46 posted on 04/15/2006 8:04:21 PM PDT by Hoodat ( Silly Dems, AYBABTU.)
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To: SkyPilot

I looked at her course offerings. I was in college sometime before Noah stocked the ar. Vut I do seem to remember the type of courses listed as upper division graduate on her page would have been undergraduate and perhaps advanced high school classes at one time.
So I remain woefully unimpressed.


47 posted on 04/15/2006 8:35:27 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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