This is one of those times I'm not sure what is going on, so I'm just reporting the latest.
When last we left the Roderick "Why Can't We All Just Brawl" King vandalism story (catch up just a couple posts down), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point official Stephen Ward wrote in an email that while the Student Senate failed to defrock King, he had resigned.
But Students for Life of America reported in a press release late yesterday:
Contrary to Ward's e-mail, SFLA confirmed this afternoon by speaking with Erika Wardle, College of Natural Resources Caucus Chair and Student Senate member, that King is still a member of the Student Senate and was unanimously re-appointed to Student Senate for the 2008-2009 school year.
PFL further reported that the Student Senate found a provision in their constitution requiring the body to hold meetings before they can address the situation. Because the Student Senate has now adjourned for the school year, it will not take up the situation until its first meeting in the Fall 2008 semester.
The press release added that both the full Senate and the sabotaged Pointers for Life rejected the Senate Rules Committee's recommendation that King be forced to write a letter of apology and hold off on his reelection until the Fall. PFL nixed the idea because King stated during the meeting he wasn't sorry for vandalizing PFL's crosses.
While the proaborts at UW may be smiling smugly to themselves, what they have done is to set the stage for major violence on campus. Next time Sir Roderick decides to go on a rampage, the prolifers may not be so patient, in view of the lack of civil remedies for violence on that campus.Posted by: Doyle at May 14, 2008 6:34 PM
While the proaborts at UW may be smiling smugly to themselves, what they have done is to set the stage for major violence on campus. Next time Sir Roderick decides to go on a rampage, the prolifers may not be so patient, in view of the lack of civil remedies for violence on that campus.
Posted by: Doyle at May 14, 2008 6:34 PM
The only thing that prevents the PL from acts of violence is threat of punishment?Posted by: Sally at May 14, 2008 6:51 PM
Did you break your glasses trying to read my post, Sally?
The only thing that kept prolifers from responding to Sir Rodericks's violent attack on their display was their patience and fortitude.
Now that they know that they have no civil remedy to such violence on campus, their patience may be severely strained.Posted by: Doyle at May 14, 2008 6:56 PM
Posted by: Cranky Catholic
at May 14, 2008 7:07 PM
Roderick King already found a summer job fitting that fits his skills. Bunnies love him for it.
LOL, CC. That's hilarious! Did you make that?Posted by: Bobby Bambino at May 14, 2008 7:19 PM
Haha Cranky Catholic, I love youuuu!Posted by: Elizabeth at May 14, 2008 7:35 PM
"The only thing that kept prolifers from responding to Sir Rodericks's violent attack on their display was their patience and fortitude.
Now that they know that they have no civil remedy to such violence on campus, their patience may be severely strained."
Yes, I agree Doyle, maybe next time his butt will get kicked.Posted by: jasper at May 14, 2008 8:43 PM
This poor black man's been brainwashed. If her knew what Klanned Parenthood were doing to the black community he wouldn't be supporting them. I hope that maybe next time someone will smack some sense into him.
What a loser.
P.S. Cranky Catholic love the picture. Where did you find it? It seems fun I might even post that on my blog. LOL!Posted by: Adlyn at May 14, 2008 11:12 PM
Is the commemoration protest an annual protest?
I'm thinking road trip to UWSP.
Yer killin' me...too funny! Especially for a "crank"!Posted by: mk at May 15, 2008 7:14 AM
Doyle, Jasper, Adyln...
So when all else fails, violence becomes okay?
Posted by: Amanda
at May 15, 2008 8:38 AM
What happened to two wrongs not making a right?
Ugh.. This is why school government is annoying. By next fall, they won't care enough to address this properly.Posted by: StudentFL at May 15, 2008 9:26 AM
Statement from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
May 14, 2008
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point issues the following information in the matter of the Pointers for Life campus display disruption on May 1, 2008.
Roderick King, a student who participated in the removal of several of the crosses that were part of the Pointers for Life display, was cited by UWSP Protective Services and remains subject to the university’s student discipline process. The outcomes of that process may not be publicly disclosed, under protection of the federal Family Educational Rights Privacy Act.
Mr. King was a member of the 2007-08 UWSP Student Senate. On May 1, the Senate’s rules committee voted to suspend Mr. King from his service. On May 8, after a debate involving several speakers, the UWSP Student Senate moved to consider final actions against Mr. King at its first full meeting in September. The UWSP Student Constitution mandates that two public hearings be held before the Senate may vote on punitive measures against senators.
At that May 8 meeting, the Senate adopted a measure to release a statement of the sense of the Senate on the Pointers for Life incident and the actions of Mr. King. That statement was released by the Student Senate and posted on the university Web site on May 14.
Mr. King’s term on the Student Senate expired on May 8. He did not stand for election and, as of May 8, the UWSP administration had been advised that Mr. King, an appointed member, had not applied for reappointment to the Senate. Students may be appointed to fill open seats, subject to a vote by the Senate.
At a subsequent meeting of the Student Senate to swear in its members and leadership for the 2008–09 academic year, Mr. King requested that he be considered for reappointment to the Senate. Senators who had previously spoken out against Mr. King’s continuation on the 2007–08 Student Senate, including the president of Pointers for Life, did not dissent to Mr. King’s reappointment.
The UWSP administration regrets any previous, inaccurate statements about Mr. King’s status on the Student Senate. His term on the 07–08 Senate expired. He was not elected to the 08–09 Senate. The information the administration had received and conveyed, indicating that he had not sought reappointment, was incorrect. Mr. King’s standing as a senator, however, will be subject to Senate action at its first meeting in September.
The university believes that all activities on our campus provide learning opportunities. Our Student Senate is part of a shared governance system that also includes the administration and the Faculty Senate. Our current structure was established in the 1970s under Chancellor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, who went on to serve as the Republican Governor of Wisconsin. The university’s disciplinary process is being applied to the situation that occurred on May 1, as is the Student Senate’s disciplinary process. The timing of the Pointers for Life incident, which occurred at the end of the academic year, and the stipulations of the UWSP Student Constitution will contribute to the pace of a conclusion. However, we do seek to instill in our students the primacy of the rule of law as we prepare them to be excellent and productive American citizens.
Finally, the UWSP administration reaffirms that there is no place on our campus for intolerance. The actions of Mr. King and others, captured on video and now shown around the world, represent an infringement on freedom of expression at a university where all viewpoints are welcome and their expression is encouraged. We believe that this position is shared by our student leadership. We also believe that Mr. King should not have used his status as a senator to justify, in any way, his behavior against the Pointers for Life display
Amanda asks: "So when all else fails, violence becomes okay? What happened to two wrongs not making a right?"
Amanda, I believe we all have a moral right to defend ourselves and our property against senseless violence, by force when necessary. And that is the point you seem determined to ignore, that Sir Roderick was the aggressor, and the U of W administration has now indicated by their inaction that they are giving their tacit approval of, and blessings to his actions.
That situation, if left unresolved, will indeed justify Pointers for Life members to forcefully defend their property against any future violent attacks by the likes of Sir Roderick.
I do NOT consider self-defense and defense of property to be a "wrong". Indeed, I consider it to be a basic RIGHT.Posted by: Doyle Chadwick at May 15, 2008 2:20 PM
King should be arrested, filed with a hate crime, malicious vandalism, and the FBI called in to investigate. Opps.... I guess that only happens to Pro-Lifers.Posted by: Gera Schmidt at May 15, 2008 6:55 PM
I'm not sure how violence, as a means of 'defense of property' fulfills the mandate of loving your enemies. Self-defense of our person is an entirely different matter.
The video is self-condemning for Mr. King. Love is what will win the day, not retaliation, especially if the 'enemy' continues in such blatant illogic.
Phil. 2:3Posted by: Robert Harris at June 9, 2008 5:52 AM