The images being used in the display are no doubt gruesome but then, so is abortion especially in late term cases. I would think the bigger issue here is free speech and a college that seems out of step with its mission.
Leigh Jones of World on Campus reports.
Westmont is an evangelical Christian school, with a mission to serve “God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.” It requires trustees, administrators and faculty to confess the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Its statement of faith affirms the trinity, the resurrection and the inerrancy of scripture.
But for three years in a row, Westmont’s student government association denied Gruber’s request to bring a pro-life display to campus. The display, known as the Genocide Awareness Project and sponsored by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), contains billboard-sized photos of aborted babies. Some are whole, others in pieces. Gruber admits the display is graphic and horrific, but he believes it’s truth that students need to see.
“I have a professor who once said we should care more about the truth than our own reputations,” he told me. “People who talk about an inconvenient truth will be hated. All cultural reformers have been. But we won’t outlaw an injustice until we stop caring about what people say about us and care more about the lives of unborn children.”
Jane Higa, Westmont’s dean of students, said the school doesn’t disagree with Gruber’s pro-life position, but administrators don’t agree with his methods of communication. Gruber accuses the school of refusing to take a stand against abortion, something Higa didn’t deny. “Within our community, there is a range of perspectives on that,” she said.