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Violent Reactions to Pro-Life Exhibit at UMass/Amherst
mass news ^ | April 18, 2003 | By Izzy Lyman

Posted on 04/18/2003 12:37:00 PM PDT by RaceBannon

Violent Reactions to Pro-Life Exhibit at UMass/Amherst

By Izzy Lyman April 18, 2003

The "tolerant" types at UMass/Amherst have protested a pro-life exhibit this week by taking crosses off dead babies in a mythical graveyard, throwing them in a pond and breaking them in half.

One UMass/Amherst undergraduate was assaulted while manning the exhibit that was displayed next to the Student Union.

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Taking a stand: Kiera Manikoff, a UMass Junior, is proud of her pro-life and pro-child views.

Kiera Manikoff, a political science major and a junior, scuffled with a female who verbally harassed her and held a hammer over her. Charges are pending against the assailant.

Desiring to start a debate about abortion during Holy Week, members of the UMass Republican Club purchased lumber last week to erect 160 crosses which they painted white. On Sunday night, April 13, the students set up the crosses to simulate an "abortion graveyard."

Signs with provocative messages were interspersed through the graveyard. One sign explained the white crosses: "Abortion kills 160 babies in the U.S. every hour." Another said: "Abortion doesn't make you unpregnant, it makes you the mother of a dead baby."

On Monday morning, Manikoff, a petite brunette, stopped by the display. Club members expected mischief to occur, so Manikoff came prepared with a hammer and nails to repair any signs or crosses. But she was unprepared for an encounter with an irate female.


Sign of the Times: The Republican Club's 'abortion graveyard' featured a placard which notes the scope and frequency of late-term abortions.

"This girl comes up, runs up to the graveyard and picks up one of the crosses and cracks it over her knee. She then goes up to the abortion sign, and she pulls it out," said Manikoff.

Manikoff walked over with her tools and confronted the women.

"I said, 'Excuse me. You may not agree with what I have to say, but you cannot destroy our property. We have a right to do this.'"

The woman responded by telling Manikoff she found the display "horribly offensive." Then the encounter took a physical turn.

"She reaches across and takes the hammer out of my hand, gesturing it in my face and going, 'How dare you as a woman. You should be ashamed of yourself.'"

A scuffle ensued as Manikoff attempted to prevent the larger woman from swinging the hammer. Manikoff ended up on the ground after her assailant pushed her.

Although over a dozen spectators were watching the altercation, only two young men, whom Manikoff described as teenagers, came to her assistance. "We saw the whole thing. We're sorry we couldn't get here in time to get her off you," they said.

The campus police were called, and Manikoff gave them her statement, as did the other woman. The police log describes it: "Caller reporting that she had an altercation with a member of a group who have set up an anti-abortion demonstration on the lawn outside the Earthfood market." They have not released the name of Manikoff's assailant.

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archibald told the Daily Hampshire Gazette that "The incident is still under review by the district attorney's office. We feel pretty confident those charges [vandalism and assault] will go forward, as well as civil rights charges."


Although she was assaulted for confronting an abortion supporter who vandalized the Republican Club's exhibit, student Kiera Manikoff remains committed to campus activism.

Regarding the civil rights charge, Manikoff said a campus officer contacted her on Tuesday, April 15, and told her that the other woman had "inhibited your right to express yourself."

Dave Peterson, a Republican Club member, was manning the exhibit during the noontime shift on Wednesday, April 16. He said that the incident involving Manikoff was not the only harassment the pro-life students have faced.

Yet Peterson sees the silver lining, "We've gotten a lot of good debate out of it, too."

"I was a little shaken, but it motivated us more," adds Kiera Manikoff of the Republican Club's willingness - as well as her willingness - to continue to take a stand for the pre-born.

Izzy Lyman can be reached at ilyman7449@aol.com.


TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut; US: Massachusetts; US: New York
KEYWORDS: abortion; amherst; cross; izzylyman; umass; violence
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Liberalism, the Party of Love at UMASS
1 posted on 04/18/2003 12:37:00 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...
Here we go, how about RICO laws??
2 posted on 04/18/2003 12:37:58 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
Left Wing illiberalism = Mental Illness
3 posted on 04/18/2003 12:39:57 PM PDT by rimmont
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To: RaceBannon
UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archibald told the Daily Hampshire Gazette that "The incident is still under review by the district attorney's office. We feel pretty confident those charges [vandalism and assault] will go forward, as well as civil rights charges."

Meaning: "We'll let it go for a couple of weeks until something else grabs the headlines and then we'll just let is digest itself. Thanx for the report.

4 posted on 04/18/2003 12:45:17 PM PDT by ElectricStrawberry
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To: RaceBannon
I hope noone was surprised by this.

I guess the good news is that, with 25,000-odd students running around that campus, there was only one wacky enough to take a hammer to someone.
5 posted on 04/18/2003 12:45:28 PM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: RaceBannon
I notice that when people ebgage in a protest leftists do not like all the hypocritical announcements about how there must be respect for people expressing their views goes out the window and an attempt at assault with a deadly weapon, a hammer, occurs.
6 posted on 04/18/2003 12:45:36 PM PDT by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: RaceBannon
Oh yeah... Leftist/socialist/Marxists like Timmy Robbins scream and holler about their "right" of free speech, but let a conservative try to exercise that same right and they go into convulsions and even get physical!

(Remember - Ward Connerly, Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, et al, are NOT allowed to make speeches. They are harassed and bullied off the stage, threatened with bodily harm!)

Do WE do that to the left???
7 posted on 04/18/2003 12:46:10 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: RaceBannon
Now if it had been a pro LIFER assaulting a pro CHOICER (at a clinic or something), this would've been all over the national news.

Go figure.
8 posted on 04/18/2003 12:47:27 PM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: RaceBannon
Sadly, this doesn't surprise me in the least. We have the same mentality here at UKONN...

Anyway, Happy Easter! Pray for the souls of the children, women, and even the idiots who are anti-tolerant of views conflicting their own.

9 posted on 04/18/2003 12:48:05 PM PDT by Andonius_99
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To: RaceBannon
Where in the blazes are the men, while these women are being assaulted?

10 posted on 04/18/2003 12:51:02 PM PDT by Search4Truth (When a man lies, he murders part of the world.)
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To: RaceBannon
"The only thing that happens when the righteous do nothing is the unrighteous prevail."

Hang in there, young lady...right is on your side!

Remember, when someone says they are "pro-choice" - asking what are they free to choose? And don't stop asking until they come to the only true answer: they choose to kill a pre-born baby. It is nothing less than this...and any other answer is avoiding the truth and a bluff!

11 posted on 04/18/2003 12:51:14 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: RaceBannon
I've been confronted with these self-righteous loonies who believe their kill-the-infant approaches the holy grail of feminist theory.

One made a comment that an abused child would have been better off aborted than born. So, instead of working to stop abuse, you solve the problem by aborting infants.

Gives me a massive headache.
12 posted on 04/18/2003 12:52:54 PM PDT by OpusatFR (Using pretentious arcane words to buttress your argument means you don't have one)
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To: FourtySeven
God bless that young woman and her companions for making their colleagues critically think about such a dreadful decision.
13 posted on 04/18/2003 12:54:12 PM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: FourtySeven
"Now if it had been a pro LIFER assaulting a pro CHOICER (at a clinic or something), this would've been all over the national news. "

No doubt about that...Without Free Republic, we would NEVER hear these stories.
14 posted on 04/18/2003 12:54:21 PM PDT by Capitalism2003
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To: RaceBannon
RICO? Don't you know the law only applies to conservatives and free speech is only for liberals?
15 posted on 04/18/2003 12:58:16 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: RaceBannon
"She reaches across and takes the hammer out of my hand, gesturing it in my face and going, 'How dare you as a woman. You should be ashamed of yourself.'"

Ashamed because she speaks on behalf of the innocent, the voiceless? Yeah, how dare a woman do that.

Assailant: You're no woman. You're a heartless monster who thinks babies should die for the sake of Convenience.

16 posted on 04/18/2003 12:59:59 PM PDT by Luna (Evil will not triumph...God is at the helm)
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To: RaceBannon
What a story. I didn't think I'd live to see student pro-life demonstrations on college campuses. I really feel the tide is turning as more people learn the truth about abortion.
17 posted on 04/18/2003 1:00:08 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: RaceBannon
'How dare you as a woman. You should be ashamed of yourself.'

I've received this reaction from women too...

God bless Kiera Manikoff and all who take a stand for what is right.

18 posted on 04/18/2003 1:11:51 PM PDT by k2blader (Pity people paralyzed in paradigms of political perfection.)
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To: RaceBannon
attractive, pro life and conservative - how can I go about proposing to this girl? :>
19 posted on 04/18/2003 1:13:46 PM PDT by KantianBurke (The Federal govt should be protecting us from terrorists, not handing out goodies)
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To: RaceBannon
Cute girl with a heart and a brain. Sweet.
20 posted on 04/18/2003 1:16:00 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (RATS will use any means to denigrate George Bush's Victory.)
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To: Gefreiter
Amazing how loving and tolerant these jackasses are. Doesn't figure does it? Such strong support for the murder of the unborn.
21 posted on 04/18/2003 1:17:33 PM PDT by dvan
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To: colorado tanker
If you're interested, check out this site (warning: links from this page contain graphic photos not for the squeamish). The reactions from students is intersting and revealing.
22 posted on 04/18/2003 1:20:35 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (No animals were harmed in the creation of this tagline.)
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To: RaceBannon
When confronted with the immorality/ hypocrisy of their views, the left resorts to violence to get their way.
23 posted on 04/18/2003 1:21:11 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: RaceBannon
Someone threatens this Christian with a hammer and they get to catch a bullet.
24 posted on 04/18/2003 1:21:27 PM PDT by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: KantianBurke
You beat me to it! *LOL*

-=I=-
25 posted on 04/18/2003 1:22:46 PM PDT by =Intervention= (so freaking sick of the lies...)
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To: RaceBannon
These commies are now turning to violence (like little kids who don't get their way). Nice report Izzy.
26 posted on 04/18/2003 1:22:54 PM PDT by eternity (From here to...)
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To: =Intervention=
yeah so keep your mitts off of her! :>
27 posted on 04/18/2003 1:28:20 PM PDT by KantianBurke (The Federal govt should be protecting us from terrorists, not handing out goodies)
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To: colorado tanker
I didn't think I'd live to see student pro-life demonstrations on college campuses.

Many post-Roe/Wade children realise how lucky they are to be alive...

28 posted on 04/18/2003 1:28:22 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: RaceBannon; Little Bill
God Bless those young Republicans at UMass/Amherst!

As usual the liberal left which claims to be so tolerant.....refuses to let those with an opposing view exercise their free speech!

And violence is frequently the left's reaction which is to be expected since abortion is a violent act against a helpless unborn child.





29 posted on 04/18/2003 1:32:27 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Take W-04........Across America!)
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To: RaceBannon
I'm sure she found it offensive. Probably hit a little to close to home with her. I was a counter-protester at a big pro-choice march in DC over a decade ago and they had a graveyard like this with 4,400 crosses. The pro-choice marchers wouldn't go inside but they screamed some pretty terrible things at the pro-life counter-protesters inside. That's also where I saw the lone woman, sitting in front of one of those crosses crying. Something so sad that I'll never forget it.
30 posted on 04/18/2003 2:07:48 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: RaceBannon
I would be willing to bet that the violent reaction from the women was from the guilt of her own abortion as others have suggested.
31 posted on 04/18/2003 2:09:38 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: stands2reason
Yep. If you've got a pro-abortion mom it's got to be pretty rough when you're old enough to realize mom could just as easily have killed you and may have killed some siblings.
32 posted on 04/18/2003 2:21:49 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: harpseal
The fact that the young lady & the college Republicans were unprepared for physical violence from the left shows a lack of understanding of the vindictiveness/savagery that the campus communists are capable of, as for the local police I would not want to trust my life to there enforcement of the law as they would try to look the other way until either a Republican got hurt/killed then fill out a report to filed in the cylindrical file or the Republicans defend themselves only to be arrested for assualt attempted murder inciting a riot & anything else they can think of. More & better planning needs to be done for these protests also at least 2 persons on watch at all times to cover one anothers back & video tapeing of the scene as a record. Also having a lawyer on call is a good idea as well.
33 posted on 04/18/2003 2:29:40 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: RaceBannon
Hey yeah. Make them keep 60 feet back from any pro-life exhibit. Make them take it to the Supreme Court if they want to get any closer.
34 posted on 04/18/2003 2:30:20 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: RaceBannon
Great one, Izzy. I'm sending it to my nephew at Amhearse.
35 posted on 04/18/2003 2:32:37 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Coop
She is a brave young woman isn't she? I'd be proud to have her in my family.......thats for sure.

God Bless and keep her safe.

36 posted on 04/18/2003 2:36:31 PM PDT by mickie
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To: Humidston
I think we boo. Not sure. The tapes seem to get themselves edited, don't they.
37 posted on 04/18/2003 3:30:34 PM PDT by ChemistCat (My new bumper sticker: MY OTHER DRIVER IS A ROCKET SCIENTIST)
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To: mickie; All
UPDATE FROM IZZY LYMAN:

I don't know if Kiera will sue. The feminazi has not been arrested. She is merely a suspect but two witnesses has given statements to the cops on Kiera's behalf. You know the double-standard regarding conservatives ...

The whole exhibit was trashed on Wed. night.

38 posted on 04/18/2003 3:43:30 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
Liberals continue to defend the use of violence against the innocent, be it by Communist or Islamo-Fascist tyranny, criminals, or abortionists. So it is not surprising that they would use violence against the innocent once more to suppress freedom of speech and expression on a college campus.
39 posted on 04/18/2003 3:48:07 PM PDT by JoeSchem
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To: RaceBannon
bump
40 posted on 04/18/2003 6:20:00 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: RaceBannon
140 million murdered souls.....RIP.
41 posted on 04/18/2003 7:09:23 PM PDT by mickie
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To: shetlan
Carol Thought you would be interested in this.

Can you imagine nearly 300,000,000 murders since Roe v Wade and the liberal accomplices blame conservatives for the failure of social security, when they are the ones sytmatically eliminating the continuation of the funding through these blatant acts of homicide.
42 posted on 04/18/2003 7:09:40 PM PDT by Fearless Flyers
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To: RaceBannon
Looks like a very powerful exhibit. Amazing how liberals hate truth.
43 posted on 04/18/2003 7:21:47 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your your mouth and remove all doubt.")
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To: RaceBannon
"She reaches across and takes the hammer out of my hand, gesturing it in my face and going, 'How dare you as a woman [express a non-approved political position]".

The thought plantation enforcement division seems to be getting a lot of work from its Leftist overseers these days...

44 posted on 04/18/2003 7:37:50 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: RaceBannon
Kiera Manikoff, a political science major and a junior, scuffled with a female who verbally harassed her and held a hammer over her. Charges are pending against the assailant.

So it is with the left.

Nah, can't chat with them over differences, they want to hit you with a hammer.

That's all I need to know.

45 posted on 04/18/2003 10:35:10 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse
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To: RaceBannon
Hey Race..............think about it.........

..............here is a phrase coined by the opposition

........."pro-life Nazi"

......repeat until such term becomes ridiculous.

46 posted on 04/18/2003 10:37:42 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse
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To: RaceBannon
The woman responded by telling Manikoff she found the display "horribly offensive." Then the encounter took a physical turn.

Truth Angers those opposed to virtue.

47 posted on 04/18/2003 10:42:47 PM PDT by WOSG (All Hail The Free Republic of Iraq! God Bless our Troops!)
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To: OpusatFR
"One made a comment that an abused child would have been better off aborted than born."

Yeah that's what Hitler said about the jews.

That woman is not pro-choice she's anti-human.
48 posted on 04/18/2003 10:44:26 PM PDT by WOSG (All Hail The Free Republic of Iraq! God Bless our Troops!)
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To: RaceBannon
Here we go again with the violent left. Why is it that when we protest we do it with creativity and humor and they do it by defecating and vomiting in the street and destroying property? I know why ---- they are lowlife scum.
49 posted on 04/18/2003 10:45:05 PM PDT by doug from upland ((to Bill)"You are not fit to be commander in chief" -- father of Sgt. Shughart who died in Somalia)
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To: RaceBannon
The continuing pattern of liberals destroying others' property.
50 posted on 04/18/2003 10:47:25 PM PDT by ampat
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