Pro-Life student group banned by Carlton University sues
Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2010
You remember our friend Ruth Lobo?
Well welcome to lawsuit number two that Carleton University is likely to lose. The rub here is that like in Canada, it will not be the lawbreaking, totalitarian administrators who pay the fines when they lose, it will be the taxpayers. This is why there needs to be real changes made to sovereign immunity laws. Here in the United States I intend to push the new Congress for those laws after it is seated January 20th.
The lawyer for an anti-abortion group just decertified at Carleton University said Friday he will take the school’s student association to court unless the ban is reversed. Albertos Polizogopoulos called the decision to decertify Carleton Lifeline by the Carleton University Student Association (CUSA) “totalitarian” and “ludicrous.”
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, meanwhile, has sent a letter to CUSA asking it to behave more responsibly and protect minority opinion.
“You can be pro-choice and for free speech,’’ said Nathalie DesRosiers, general counsel of the civil liberties group. ‘‘Student governments must act like a government and represent all students, not just the ones who think like them. They have a duty to protect minority views. We have told them that what they are doing is not proper and they should respect the right of dissent.”
The student association says it banned Carleton Lifeline because its anti-abortion stance violates CUSA’s anti-discrimination policy, which “respects and affirms a woman’s right to choose her options in case of pregnancy.”
Mr. Polizogopoulos wants the Ontario Superior Court to decide whether CUSA acted in accord with its own constitution.
“Their own constitution states they will not discriminate on the basis of political affiliation or belief,” Mr. Polizogopoulos said. “They’ve enacted a policy that is clearly in violation of their own constitution. And just the fact they would attempt to enact such a policy is ludicrous.”
Mr. Polizogopoulos’s said CUSA’s constitution trumps all policies and bylaws and so the anti-abortion group should be allowed to stay.
The club was officially decertified Thursday by CUSA. Carleton Life line had been told earlier in the week that to avoid being kicked off campus they would have to adopt a pro-abortion policy, something that would be anathema to the group.
That’s right folks, in violation of the law, and their own rules, they actually put in their non-discrimination policy that all student groups must have a written pro-abortion position to be recognized for status and student funding. How delightfully Stalinist of them.
To examine the legal nastygrams and to donate to their legal defense fund please visit – http://carletonlifeline.wordpress.com/