July 28, 2008, - 11:14 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Wayne State University–the tax-funded school based in Detroit–funds various speakers and events held by student groups . . . unless they are pro-life.
That’s the subject of a lawsuit filed by pro-life students against the politically-correct school:
A student group is suing Wayne State University over the denial of money for a week of anti-abortion events, saying its free-speech rights were violated last spring.
Students for Life said it is a registered campus organization. And like other groups, it believes it should be entitled to a portion of student fees.
The group said it sought $4,000 from Wayne State’s Student Council for snacks, T-shirts, fliers and publicity, but the request was rejected. A smaller budget also was turned down.
A lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Detroit said the initial request was rejected because of “spiritual and religious” references. But the anti-abortion group said it doesn’t have a specific religious affiliation.
“Access for these groups to funding and facilities must be provided without regard to the group’s viewpoint. When a public university enforces a viewpoint-discriminatory policy, the school violates the Constitution,” attorney Joseph Martins said in a statement Thursday.
A message seeking comment was left with Wayne State’s public relations staff.
The events included an opportunity for students to have their picture taken with a model of a fetus.
The group wanted to hold a “pro-life trivia game” on a stage at Student Center North Commons, a busy area, but was told by campus officials to use another area, according to the lawsuit.
“Some people would no doubt likely find it difficult to eat lunch if they have strong opinions either for or against your group,” Christina Basso of the Student Center staff said in an e-mail attached to the lawsuit.
Well, then I guess Wayne State, in the future, will deny funds to the various extremist Islamic groups that it funds on campus. They’re opinions make it difficult to eat lunch, too.
The pro-life students are represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a good choice versus the in-state and incompetent Thomas More Law Center, which typically takes and loses these cases and which recently employed Emily Zanotti a/k/a E. M. Zanotti, a mentally unstable, anti-Semitic “conservative” blogger who defended anti-Semitic, Muslim death, rape and torture threats against me, my parents, and grandparents (more about her soon).
Bad luck for the pro-life students, though. They drew far-left Jimmy Carter appointee Avern Cohn as the federal judge who will hear the case. He’s the same judge that gave Hezbollah spy/FBI agent/ CIA agent Nada Nadim Prouty a fine of a few hundred dollars as her “sentence” for spying on America on behalf of an Islamic terrorist group and ruled that Islamic illegal aliens who paid off an INS inspector should be re-admitted into the U.S. after they were deported.
He won’t be on the pro-life students’ side, though if they lose with him, they can win on appeal.