Response from Zack Moline of the ULSU

I received a response to my letter of complaint to the ULSU at 4:38 pm today:

Hello Jenn,

Thank you for taking the time to raise your concerns with me. I have filed your complaint and now have it on record. I want you to know that we take this very seriously.

As you may know, the Pro-Life Club has the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression. This right protects all forms of non-violent expressive activity, no matter how unpopular or distasteful it is. I should also note that universities are not Charter free zones, so there is very little, if anything the University of Lethbridge or Students’ Union can do legally about the graphic nature of the protest.

I, however, would still like to believe that we can work
with the club to avoid similar issues in the future without any coercive or legal action. I assure you that we are working to find a solution which will respect the interests of all our students should this issue arise again in the future.

Sincerely,

Zack MolinePresident
University of Lethbridge Students’ Union

Lethbridge, AB
T1K 3M4

Since Zack touches on the issue of Freedom of Expression, I feel it is appropriate to guide anyone interested in this debate to a wonderful and respectful discussion on this matter to my Facebook page.
While he didn’t address my main question – the change of precedent from past use of a partition, he does acknowledge it is an issue and at the very least will be considered as such in the future.
For the record, I believe strongly in the charter right of the freedom of expression. What I don’t believe in is using trauma to illustrate a belief. I don’t believe in forcing people to re-experience violent episodes of their past. Most of all I don’t believe in unjustly accusing anyone who has had to terminate a pregnancy a torturous murderer.
I also don’t appreciate the hypocrisy both the U of L and the ULSU are exemplifying. On the UPass issue, through a silent agreement or otherwise the executive council has strongly discouraged anyone elected to sit on the ULSU to voice an opinion on this issue, despite it directly affecting them as students.
The U of L has also censored art exhibits held in the an adjacent building to the one the anti-abortion images were displayed.
I don’t believe in censorship, but I do believe in civility. I cannot expect organizations to take stances on such controversial issues, but I can expect them to follow the precedent set before them for continuity sake.
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