CHECK IT OUT: Kristan Hawkins’ free speech op-ed on Fox News

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard. If you haven’t heard about the college blockade taking place even this week, perhaps it is because the students whose voices are being forcibly silenced favor life over abortion. And while they may not get the attention that millionaire athletes can garner, their points of view are no less valid.

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We Won!

What an incredible day today. I am overwhelmed for having witnessed and been a part of this huge victory for religious freedom, women and all Americans.

I got to stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning as the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision was handed down to shouts of joy. It was amazing and awe-inspiring. After the Justices upheld Obamacare two years ago, I was incredibly disheartened. It was devastating. And then not long after, the Obama Administration, under Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the HHS abortion pill mandate, which forced every employer to purchase abortion-inducing drugs for their employees, regardless of whether or not the employer had strongly held religious beliefs against such pills.kristan

The Supreme Court ruled today against Sebelius and against the Administration, saying that “HHS’s contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.” This means it goes directly against our first freedoms as Americans, namely the First Amendment and religious liberty.

As soon as the news reached us at the Court steps, a jubilant roar went through the crowd – which was mostly made up of young women by the way. When we knew for sure that the decision was a victory, there was such a huge cry from the crowd that it gave me goosebumps. I got to be right in the middle of our pro-life activists, cheering on Hobby Lobby and the decision that finally went our way.

It felt amazing to stand there with dozens and dozens of pro-life women (and men). Truly, this generation is the Pro-Life generation and, today, we got to show the nation. All the major television networks ran shots of our rally and press conference, many including our “We Are the Pro-Life Generation” and #WomenInControl signs. The visuals were astounding – it was such a great way to witness to the country that it is these young women who are standing up for religious freedom, conscience rights, the right to life and against bossy bureaucrats who want to take away our freedoms.

This was a huge victory for women, both on the political left and right. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t further exacerbate the abortion industry’s lucrative, false notion that pregnancy and fertility is a disease. I find it demeaning that our President and his administration think that I need free $9 birth control to be equal to a man. Both men and women were made by one Creator and he made us equal.

Watch Kristan Hawkins on Huckabee

College students have found themselves on the forefront of the religious freedom fight.  Bowdoin College in Maine will no longer be recognizing the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship as a student group on campus any longer, even though they have been a fixture on campus for over 40 years. Why? Because the Christian group won’t allow anyone who isn’t a professed Christian to run for student leadership of the group or lead a Bible study. The university says that even though anyone can join the group, it is discriminatory that they aren’t allowing non-Christians to lead the group.

This is only the beginning of a disturbing trend. The New York Times has more:

At Cal State, the nation’s largest university system with nearly 450,000 students on 23 campuses, the chancellor is preparing this summer to withdraw official recognition from evangelical groups that are refusing to pledge not to discriminate on the basis of religion in the selection of their leaders. And at Vanderbilt, more than a dozen groups, most of them evangelical but one of them Catholic, have already lost their official standing over the same issue; one Christian group balked after a university official asked the students to cut the words “personal commitment to Jesus Christ” from their list of qualifications for leadership.

Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president, will be going on Governor Huckabee’sTV show on 4th of July weekend to talk about the story. Tune in to the Fox News Channel at 8pm ET on 4th of July weekend to hear what Kristan has to say about why this kind of case is incredibly important to not only this particular Christian group on campus but to all pro-life groups on campus!

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