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Anti-abortion display at UMass destroyed
Hampshire Daily Gazette ^ | 4/17/03 | Nick Grabbe

Posted on 04/21/2003 4:38:37 AM PDT by rhema

An anti-abortion display outside the Student Union at the University of Massachusetts was destroyed by vandals Wednesday night, police said.

The display of 160 white crosses, representing the number of abortions every hour in the United States, had previously been the site of vandalism and an alleged assault. It had been up for three days.

UMass police received a call reporting the incident at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, said Deputy Patrick Archbald. When officers arrived at the south side of the Student Union, they found the crosses broken and strewn around the area, with some in a nearby garbage can, he said.

The incident happened after 8:45 p.m., when an officer on foot patrol noticed that the display was intact, Archbald said. There are no suspects, and the incident is under investigation, he said.

The idea for the display came from David Peterson and Matthew Progen, two members of the UMass Republican Club. They said they saw similar displays in Florida during spring break.

Progen, a senior from Leominster, was standing at the site of the display this morning with tape over his mouth and a sign reading "Silenced by the Radical Left," he reported by cell phone.

"This made me pretty angry," he said. "I spent a lot of time putting this together, and it's opened up a lot of discussion. For people not mature enough to engage in conversation to take out their juvenile aggression this way is disheartening."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionlist; academia; academialist; amherst; culturewar; prolife; riorden; umass

1 posted on 04/21/2003 4:38:37 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
The Commies complain about being gagged when they're boycotted but they get nasty and violent when the other side tries to speak up. I'm sick and tired of their free speech double standard.
2 posted on 04/21/2003 4:43:23 AM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: rhema
If they catch the people who did it, would they be charged with violatnig his civil rights? Just wondering..
3 posted on 04/21/2003 4:54:52 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: rhema
Free speech?

Let's see if ABBCNNBCBS talk about this violation of HIS rights....

(Hint: don't hold your breath.)
4 posted on 04/21/2003 5:00:49 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I support FR monthly; and ABBCNNBCBS (continue to) Lie!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Diversity except when the diverse and you diverge on opinion. V's wife.
5 posted on 04/21/2003 5:25:01 AM PDT by ventana
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Not a chance. This is the only place you will read this.

But, if it had been a "pro-choice" display that had been destroyed.....well, you know.

6 posted on 04/21/2003 5:27:43 AM PDT by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: rhema
This should be classified as a Hate Crime, and investigated by the FBI and the full force of the Justice Department.

Turnabout is fairplay.

7 posted on 04/21/2003 5:42:58 AM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (They run into our machine guns and we shoot them down like the morons they are.)
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To: Skooz
If it had been a pro-choice display, there would have been a RICO prosecution or civil suit against anyone who even got within a certain distance of it and expressed verbal disagreement with its message.

BTW, how many months did we have to live with anti-apartheid "shanties" on the lawn at University of Virginia and other colleges across America.

8 posted on 04/21/2003 5:43:43 AM PDT by Montfort
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To: goldstategop
Some would argue that this is anecdotal; the actions of individuals, not an institutionalized act of "liberalism". You are correct; however, that denial of free speach is institutionalized in leftism, e.g., Jennings won't report this.
9 posted on 04/21/2003 5:54:06 AM PDT by banjo joe
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To: rhema

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.

They've also threatened to beat up students, who have had to call the police a total of four times in the last three days.

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

  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 an

"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.


10 posted on 04/21/2003 6:55:43 AM PDT by syriacus (When DOES the autobiography of Bernard Shaw (formerly of CNN) come out?)
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To: syriacus

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

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

11 posted on 04/21/2003 7:03:54 AM PDT by syriacus (When DOES the autobiography of Bernard Shaw (formerly of CNN) come out?)
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To: goldstategop
"The Commies complain about being gagged when they're boycotted but they get nasty and violent when the other side tries to speak up. I'm sick and tired of their free speech double standard"

Silly FReeper, standards, like laws, are for conservatives. I absolutely agree with you, of course.

12 posted on 04/21/2003 7:07:19 AM 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: rhema
Where is Tim Robbins or Susan Sarandon? Most surely they would be outraged at this flagrant attempt to deny the freedom of speech.
13 posted on 04/21/2003 7:08:54 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: syriacus
Such behavior from the party of "love" and "tolerance". I am just shocked. NOT!
14 posted on 04/21/2003 7:09:53 AM 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: rhema
Probably just Ted Kennedy driving home from a party late at night.
15 posted on 04/21/2003 7:14:02 AM PDT by ZULU
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Bump.
16 posted on 04/21/2003 7:14:20 AM PDT by tuna_battle_slight_return
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To: rhema
bump
17 posted on 04/21/2003 7:17:04 AM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Kenton
If they catch the people who did it, would they be charged with violatnig his civil rights? Just wondering..

To my shock, I read an article about the girl who was physically attacked while standing watch over this same display last week, and the prosecutors said they would be bringing civil rights and assault charges against the assailant.

MM

18 posted on 04/21/2003 7:17:29 AM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: syriacus
..........thanks for the pics.
19 posted on 04/21/2003 7:18:27 AM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: MississippiMan
that story was repeated here in this story, too, you can bump your friends to see both!
20 posted on 04/21/2003 7:21:14 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: syriacus
Your pictures are gone, your article links are gone as well.

Can you find them again?
21 posted on 04/21/2003 8:26:57 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Idiots create their own irony. I have done my part at suppling the world's Iron ore.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
This is Ground Zero - hate crime, civil right violations, attempted murder. This needs to be pushed hard just like the lynching of blacks in SC was ended by intense prosecution. Get this girl a GOOD legal team...
22 posted on 04/21/2003 8:52:16 AM PDT by Amalie (FREEDOM had NEVER been another word for nothing left to lose...)
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To: rhema
Sounds like the display is working. They need to put it back up. The pro-aborts reacted very angrily at a similar, but larger, display that pro-life activists placed near the Capitol during a pro-choice march. Apparently, pointing out the body count bothers them quite a bit.
23 posted on 04/21/2003 11:17:31 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
When I posted my remark, the links to the site and the pictures were not available.

Had they been removed?
24 posted on 04/21/2003 11:32:37 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom ("Ivy covered professors, in ivy covered halls." - Tom Lehrer)
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To: Question_Assumptions
Hear! Hear!

Oppose leftist F-A-S-C-I-S-M.

Put it back up.
28 posted on 04/22/2003 7:25:18 PM PDT by Windcatcher ("So what did Doug use?" "He used...sarcasm!")
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To: rhema
Here is a recent email I sent to W.

Dear President Bush, With the Surpeme Court session getting ready to close, it may well be time for perhaps the most important domestic decision of your presidency: the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice(s). The main reason why I supported you in 2000 and why I wanted Daschle out of power in 02 (and 04) has to do with the courts. I want America courts to interpret law, not write law. During your presidential campaign you said Thomas and Scalia were your two model justices. Those are excellent models. The High Court needs more like them. Clarence Thomas recently said to students that the tough cases were when what he wanted to do was different from what the law said. And he goes by the law. This should be a model philosophy for our justices. Your father, President Bush lost his reelection campaign for 3 main reasosn, as far as I can see. 1. he broke the no new taxes pledge 2. David Souter 3. Clinton convinced people we were in a Bush recession (which we had already come out of by the time Clinton was getting sworn in)

I urge you to learn from all three of these: 1. on taxes, you're doing great. Awesome job on the tax cut. 2. good job so far on judicial appointments. I want to see more of a fight for Estrada, Owen, and Pickering, but I commend you on your nominations. 3. by staying engaged in the economic debate you'll serve yourself well

I have been thoroughly impressed with your handling of al Queida, Iraq, and terrorism. You have inspired confidence and have shown great leadership.

But I want to remind you that your Supreme Court pick(s) will be with us LONG after you have departed office. I urge you to avoid the tempation to find a "compromise" pick. Go for a Scalia or Thomas. Don't go for an O'Connor or Kennedy. To be specific, get someone who is pro-life. Roe v Wade is one of the worst court decisions I know of, and it's the perfect example of unrestrained judicial power.

I know the temptation will be tremendous on you to nominate a moderate. But remember who your true supporters are. I am not a important leader or politician. I am "simply" a citizen who has been an enthusiatic supporter of you. I am willing to accept compromise in many areas of government but I will watch your Court nomiantions extremely closely. What the Senate Dems are doing right now is disgusting, but as the President you have the bully pulpit to stop it. Democrats will back down if you turn up serious heat on them.

Moreover, I think public opinion is shifting towards the pro-life position. Dems will want you to nominate a moderate, but almost all will vote against you anyways. Pro-choice Repubs will likely still vote for you if you nominate a Scalia, after all, you campaigned on it. So Mr. President, I urge you to stick with your campaign statements and nominate justices who believe in judicial restraint, like Scalia and Thomas.

Happy Memorial Day and may God bless you and your family.
29 posted on 05/28/2003 12:31:01 PM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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