Students at the nation’s largest Catholic university are fighting back after the school’s administration barred them from placing an "Unborn Lives Matter" poster on campus.
Recently, the DePaul University College Republicans said the school denied them permission to hang the pro-life poster because it could offend supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Dennis Holtschneider explained the decision:
By our nature, we are committed to developing arguments and exploring important issues that can be steeped in controversy and, oftentimes, emotion. Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values. When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech.
College Republican member Jorin Burkhart said Monday during an interview on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that it wasn’t their intention to offend anyone.
Burkhart said that the university’s staff hangs “Black Lives Matter” posters in their offices and that the College Republicans wanted to draw attention to another “marginalized” group.
"As soon as a student group wants to alter that slogan to point to a different group that we recognize as being marginalized," Burkhart said, the university sees it as offensive.
DePaul's College Republican vice president, John Minster, said the school "doesn't necessarily endorse [Black Lives Matter] straight-up," but that they make an effort to "prevent certain things from happening that could potentially challenge them."
"They're stopping the basic Catholic value of pro-life ethics from being expressed because they are worried that it might provoke Black Lives Matter," Minster said.
Host Bill O’Reilly called the school’s decision “shocking.”