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Student Govt. at U. Northern Iowa Says Pro-Life Organization is a ‘Hate Group’

Student Govt. at U. Northern Iowa Says Pro-Life Organization is a ‘Hate Group’

“is a hate group, [and uses] hate speech [and] hateful rhetoric that is infringing on basic human rights that is healthcare”

The group was also maligned as white supremacists. This was so obviously false that school officials got involved.

The College Fix reports:

U. Northern Iowa student government refuses pro-life organization: It’s a ‘hate group’

The student government at the University of Northern Iowa refused to recognize a chapter of Students for Life on the basis that it is a “hate group.”

According to the Young America’s Foundation New Guard, members of the student government also alleged Students for Life is comparable to (white) supremacist groups and uses “clear militant language” in its advocacy.

Student Senator Max Tensen claimed Students for Life “is a hate group, [and uses] hate speech [and] hateful rhetoric that is infringing on basic human rights that is healthcare.”

Fellow senator Caleb Stekl, who’s also a member of the Young Democratic Socialists, shrugged off concerns that a public institution could not engage in viewpoint discrimination. He said the possibility of getting sued would be something for the university to worry about, not him, and added such a fear is “facile and weak.”

“It’s just a complete preference or privileging of money and of admins over student well-being,” Stekl said.

Further, Senator Triet Ngo said (with no apparent sense of irony) that “not all opinions are equal […] there are opinions and there are opinions that get people killed.”

University officials, however, rebuked its student representatives:

The University of Northern Iowa is committed to protecting our students’ First Amendment rights and is concerned that recent actions by the student government violated UNI policy by rendering a decision that was not content-neutral. We have provided the petitioning student organization with resources and encouraged them to appeal the decision, which they did this afternoon.


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The Friendly Grizzly | October 12, 2020 at 8:29 am

Here is a question for the readers and the writers at LI: how many of you really cared about sudent government when you attended college?

I didn’t.

You, or, for Texans, y’all?

    My question is why does Student Government approve activity groups? Isn’t that a University function? The University, at least, knows that being sued for first amendment violations is a bad thing. Clearly the Student Government doesn’t have that concern.

      gibbie in reply to kyrrat. | October 13, 2020 at 11:37 am

      Approving activity groups used to be something student government was capable of doing fairly well. Rampant leftism has destroyed that.

I love the statement about not being concerned about lawsuits–that’s just something for the University to worry about. Perhaps the University ought to start redirecting resources away from the petty dictators in student government to more worthy groups.

How did Oberlin let little Caleb slip through the net?

Vallum Hadriani | October 13, 2020 at 7:42 am

interesting that the University of Northern Iowa has a program for the mentally disabled. Clever on their part to call it “Student Government” and its participants “Senator”.

Student governments tend to be populated with people who believe that more government is the solution to everything. That is, by young fools.

“Hate speech” and “hate groups” are simply the ideas and the people that those in power “hate.” Once they begin to ban “hate groups,” the people in power will be able to silence anyone they wish.

Hate groups? Well, if they banned obnoxious-ignorance student groups, then there wouldn’t be any student groups left. Maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.