I am putting together the update on our Wednesday night protest against St. Mary's College for paying Bill Ayers, co-founder of the sixties radical group the Weathermen.
The coaliton "Simple Justice...Not Social Justice" has scheduled a meeting with St. Mary's this afternoon. We are pressing our demand that Ayers be "diss-invited" but also plan to negotiate for our presence on campus at 6:00 Wednesday evening without being penned into "free press" zones. We have a battery of lawyers's who are accompanying us later today.
Below just came in from our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund, which pretty much slams the door to any attempts for SMC to "regulate" our right to protest.
I am pleased to report that we are flooding the campus office with angry yet respectful phone calls, and St. Mary's seems stunned by the backlash that is roiling against this outrageouis situation.
A parent of two students at St. Mary's has contacted me with this email:
"...I spoke this morning with Michael Bessea (sic?), a Vice President at St. Mary’s. The upshot of the conversation was his acknowledgment that the college has unnecessarily created a controversy with a poor choice in speakers. He told me that Ayers was invited by a faculty committee without input from the rest of the faculty. He has received numerous protests from students, parents and faculty apparently. Bessea admitted that Ayers is being paid, but declined to state the amount."
St. Mary's is being flooded with emails, so keep the pressure up!
Please keep checking the coaliton website for organizational details, and be sure to dress warmly when we confront Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers with our flags, our patriotism and our convictions.
Yuba College settles, ends two-hour per week ‘free speech’ policy
ADF attorneys represent student threatened with arrest, expulsion
for sharing faithSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom secured a settlement with Yuba Community College Friday on behalf of a student, putting an end to a campus policy that requires students to obtain a permit to exercise "free speech" during two allotted hours per week. Ryan Dozier was threatened with arrest and expulsion if he continued sharing the gospel on campus between classes.
"Christian students shouldn’t have to face jail and expulsion for expressing their beliefs on a public college campus," said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Heather Gebelin Hacker. "We are pleased that Yuba College officials have finally agreed to recognize that its campus policies cannot strip away the free speech rights of students with religious viewpoints."
ADF attorneys were able to rectify Dozier’s situation, which Young America’s Foundation ranked first on its list of "Academia's Top 10 Abuses of 2008" (www.centerforacademicfreedom.org/blog/default.aspx?cid=341).
The ADF Center for Academic Freedom defends religious freedom at America’s public universities. ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.