Still in the Sunshine State, it is hard to credit this morning’s news that the Student Union of the University of Queensland has put the campus Newman Society on “probation” for distributing and displaying pro-life, pro-women material.
“I know the Newman Society thinks the union is being heavy handed, but the student union voted in 1993 for free, safe abortion on demand so all women have a genuine choice when faced with unwanted pregnancy,” Mr [Joshua] Young [President of the Student Union] said.
Mr Young said the vote was about 1,900 pro-choice, 1,400 against and 200 abstaining.
Asked if it precluded other viewpoints being put forward in debate on campus he said: “It does.”
Deary me, what ever happened to young people’s disdain for the past? A vote is held sometime back in the dark ages of the early 1990’s (in this case by people who would now be old enough to be Mr Young’s parents, for God’s sake) decrees that from now on the “right thought” for everyone to think must be “abortion on demand”, and today’s students will brook no dissent from that view? Methinks that Mr Young ought to get out his copy of Orwell’s 1984 and “read, learn and inwardly digest” a bit.