“At Westmont, Jesus Christ holds preeminence. With our commitment to historic Christianity, we encourage students to integrate their beliefs with their studies and to live out their faith in service to others. Rooting the liberal arts in Christ means that we educate the whole person and encourage students to develop biblically based, intellectually strong convictions and worldviews.”
For three years pro-life student Seth Gruber (pictured left) petitioned the College Student Association and Executive Team at his Evangelical Christian college, Westmont, located in Santa Barbara, California, to allow him to sponsor the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Genocide Awareness Project on campus.
For three years they said no.
Finally, on the morning of October 23, Seth decided to show the reality of abortion to students anyway.
With pro-lifers Todd Bullis and Timothy Eaton, Todd took a position outside the Dining Commons with graphic abortion signs.
After 1-1/2 hours two college officials tried to shut the pro-life activists down. They were successful in ousting Todd and Timothy but not Seth, since he is a student. Here is video of one student whose heart was converted when seeing the graphic photos and part of the exchange with the college officials…
Seth made an astute point with officials that while the school’s Global Focus Week addresses such issues as sex trafficking and child slavery, it never addresses the genocide of abortion.
Abortion is just another issue? Nothing special?
Bull. Abortion kills 1.2 million children a year in the U.S. alone. Find another issue that compares. And follow the dots. The increase in sex trafficking and child slavery is due in no small part to abortion and the shortage of – and subsequent demand for – girls, particularly in Asia.
The fact is, school officials are spineless. Who knows, they may even support abortion? But at the very least they consider abortion too hot a topic to touch. After all, taking a stand against abortion might alienate students or parents who decide to take their tuition elsewhere.
Seth returned to his post with his graphic signs on October 25. As he wrote me, “I plan to continue standing on campus twice a week and I already have more people who keep wanting to and volunteering to stand with me. I’m sure the numbers will continue to grow.”
Bravo, Seth. I couldn’t be prouder. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to withstand both a hostile administration and hostile peers. But God is cheering and so are millions of martyred babies. Read more at Seth’s blog.
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew! And he will judge all people according to what they have done.
Click to enlarge, from Seth’s awareness campaign last week…