University of Calgary Charges Its Own Students With Trespassing
The University of Calgary has just charged its own students with “trespassing” for having defied the University’s censorship demands by setting up a controversial display on campus this past November. Two months after exhibiting the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) the students received, privately at their homes, summons to court. They must enter a plea by the end of this month, with a trial to be set for later in the year.
The student’s who are members of the Campus Pro-Life (CPL) club, set up the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) on November 26th and 27th of 2008. Since 2006, the GAP, which includes large colour photographs of abortion, has been set up on campus six times without incident. In 2006 and 2007, the University had protected the club’s right to put up the display under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In addition to having the students charged with “trespassing” on the campus they have paid tuition fees to attend, the University has also threatened the students with suspension or even expulsion for “non-academic misconduct.”
The University has not taken action against other students or groups making use of shocking photographs to communicate their message. At the same time that GAP was displayed in November, another display showed disturbing photographs of the atrocities committed by the Chinese government against the supporters of Falun Gong. The University has extended generous tolerance towards campus pro-choice groups, even when engaged in the physical blocking of the pro-life display.
Campus Pro-Life will have a press conference at the University of Calgary, Monday February 2, 2009, at 10:00AM at the University of Calgary.
For more information contact Leah Hallman, President of Campus Pro-Life.
There was a big protest in Toronto last Friday against the genocide in Sri Lanka. I didn’t notice anyone complaining about the graphic images. I’m pretty sure it’s abortion that’s offensive, not the use of graphic images.