See, Notre Dame, pro-lifers don't need to be arrested.

It came as a surprise when Notre Dame, a Catholic University, decided to press charges against 88 pro-life demonstrators last year when they protested the appearance of pro-choice president Barack Obama at the Indiana University.

It came as an ever greater surprise when the university, in what some would describe as harsh terms, announced that it would not drop the charges against the demonstrators--a puzzling fact when the university was much more lenient when ultra-liberal Catholic Worker and gay-rights goups protested at the university.
Notre Dame is supposed to be a great university, a shining example of the kind of  enlightenment, tolerance and  diversity most cherished by a secular society. Never mind that the official position of the Catholic Church is pro-life.
In the tolerance department, however, a major public university--University of Michigan--put Notre Dame to shame. According to the Chicago-based, pro-life legal group, the Thomas More Society, some of the same demonstrated arrested a Notre Dame, showed up at Michigan to protest an Obama appearance there. Said the Society

Perhaps amazingly to some folks, these photos [below] show that such protests
can be conducted without arrests, jailing and prosecution of
protesters--something that may come as a surprise to those guarding the
gates at Notre Dame's celebrated campus.

Indeed, at Notre Dame last year, the ND88 were wholly peaceable and
indeed prayerful, as many of the Catholic participants were praying the
rosary.

Yet they were suddenly stopped and then handcuffed and hauled away to
jail, charged with crimes. And now their criminal prosecutions grind
on as Notre Dame insists that they be prosecuted to the full extent of
the law.

Perhaps it won't be as easy as Notre Dame administrators think. Representing the arrested Notre Dame protestors, called the ND88, is the Thomas More Society, which will require Notre Dame and state authorities go through all the legal steps that will be prompted by the school's stubbornness. Continued the Society:

Later this week we'll be meeting with Notre Dame's new outside counsel
who will be defending its interests in connection with the current
discovery proceedings, recently permitted when St. Joseph County
Superior Court Chief Judge Scopelitis lifted the stay on discovery,
which had been handed down by the prior Judge hearing the case (who had
stepped down voluntarily after conflict of interest charges were filed
against her, claiming judicial bias).

This upcoming discovery will encompass not only requests for
documents but formal deposition(s), under oath, of Notre Dame officials
concerning their on-campus demonstration policies and the apparent
differences in the way they have treated pro-lifers who protested the
Obama Commencement last year and Catholic Worker and pro-gay groups who
also were said to have violated the on-campus demonstration policies of
the University.

Charges were never brought against many of the latter folks, and
those that were brought were abruptly dropped before the cases went to
court, according to findings of the Sycamore Trust, an alumni
group which conducted its own independent investigation of the matter.

Me thinks that Notre Dame has bitten off more than it can chew.

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  • It saddens me to see a once fine institution has turned so far left they can't see straight.We have supportted ND for many many years,I see that coming to an and until further notice.This is what happens when you blindly follow 1 view point.Shame on you Notre Dame

  • Shame on the freedom of speech folks now running this once fine school.I guess it's only free speech when it's their speech.

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