A high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is under fire for banning a pro-life club as being too controversial and political, but allowing pro-gay clubs. High School senior Liz Castro talked to Tucker Carlson Friday on Fox News about what school officials told her about her attempt to organize for the pro-life cause.
“They told me that we couldn’t have our club because it was too controversial and too political at the time,” Liz Castro explained.
“So just anything that other people disagree with is not allowed, do you think you were singled out for that?” Carlson asked.
“I think they were definitely discriminated against us because we were pro-life,” Castro said.
According to Life Site News, Parkland High School allows a gay-straight alliance club, a political science club, a fashion club, a chess club, and other groups.
“That kind of club, an anti-abortion club,” Carlson asked, “is singularly offensive to the kind of people that run the schools isn’t it?”
“Yeah, you would think that public institutions and free speech would be a no-brainer,” said Kristin Hawkins, the president for Students for Life. “These are taxpayer-funded institutions and yet this is what we see time and time again in high schools and colleges across the country.”
“So do you suppose, Liz, if there was a club,” Carlson asked, “I dunno, a feminist club or women’s rights club, women’s empowerment club that supported legal abortion would they be allowed to organize on campus?”
“I feel like they may be able, they may allowed them to have their club,” Castro responded.
“So what are you going to do, have you given up?” he asked.
“No, not at all,” Castro said. “I’m a senior so this is kinda it for me, but my friend Grace who is also trying to start the club with me is definitely not giving up and she’s gonna try to start the club again.”
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“We met all the requirements (but) were denied simply because we are pro-life,” Castro said, according to Life Site News. “As a club, our purpose is to create a life-affirming culture at our school, educate our peers on the issue of life, hold diaper drives to support pregnant and parenting students, and become a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
“The school is not only denying my right to start a group but denying the opportunity for others at my school to learn about the greatest human rights social injustice of our time,” Castro concluded.
The Thomas More Society has taken up their cause and written a letter to the high school officials notifying them that they are violating the students’ Constitutional rights.