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Disgrace: College Vandals Destroy 9-11 Memorial

Vandals at Occidental College destroyed a memorial in remembrance of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. The perpetrators are still at-large.

According to the Daily News:

Occidental College is investigating reports of vandalism to a 9/11 memorial on its Eagle Rock campus. The memorial, consisting of 2,997 tiny American flags, was put in place in the quad area Saturday night by members of the student organization the Occidental College Republican Club, with each flag representing a victim of the Sept, 11, 2001, terror attacks.

But by Sunday morning, the club reported that the memorial had been trashed. On their Facebook page, the Occidental College Republican Club said that vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

The group also claimed that posters and flyers had been posted on campus that “shamed the victims of 9/11.”

Honestly, it’s hard to tell if the damage was done by students or faculty- you never know on college campuses, these days. Students from the Republican Club had a confrontation with 4 of the vandals when they returned to the memorial site to put the flags back, but they weren’t identified.

My guess is the vandals are likely involved with an extremist progressive club such as the “Occidental Students United Against Gentrification.” The OSUAG is a group of students who reap the benefits of an American college education, while condemning western values at the same time. (I wonder if they are permitted to express their views anywhere on campus, or just in “free speech zones”…)

The LA Times quoted the group’s Facebook page:

Occidental Students United Against Gentrification expressed anger over the use of the American flag in the memorial. “We have no tolerance for stolen land, colonizers, oppression, genocides, xenophobia, and/or erasure of culture/people (aka US nationalism),” the group said on Facebook.

Where is the college P.C. Police on this one? How come nobody is petitioning the college president’s office to ban the group from campus for violating their “safe space” with hateful rhetoric? Memorializing the thousands of lives lost on September 11, 2001 is beyond politics, yet the hypocrisy is astounding.

The battle lines for free speech on campus are drawn, and they are no longer simply liberal vs. conservative. If you promote patriotism, Christian values, or pro-life messages on college campuses, you will be censored. If you destroy American flags and condemn the values that make America exceptional, you will be applauded and protected by the campus administration.

The college did release a half-hearted memo to students and faculty about the incident:

“Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment,” Erica O’Neal, acting dean of students, said in the statement. “The right and freedom to debate complex, contentious issues and disagree with each other is fundamental to what we do at Oxy. At the same time, we may not express ourselves in ways that prevent others from engaging in protected speech.”

O’Neal said the college does not know who committed the vandalism, but disciplinary actions will be taken. “Vandalism or other acts that substantially interfere with the rights of others to engage in protected speech violate the College’s Student Code of Conduct and the spirit of this institution,” she said. “Let us work together to find ways to express ourselves and build a community founded on respect.”

Talk is cheap. What is the college actually going to do to protect free speech on campus?

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for ConservativeReview.com, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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