Published On: Thu, Oct 26th, 2017

St Louis University: Crosses honoring aborted babies, homicide victims vandalized

A pro-life display and crosses highlighting those impacted by abortion, homicide, poverty and the death penalty were removed by vandals at Saint Louis University .

The Students for Life’s “Cemetery of Innocents” was allegedly removed by two individuals on Oct. 16, just two days after the group erected the display.

“My initial reaction was shock. I understand that people disagree with us, even on a Catholic campus, but I never thought they would go to the extent of stealing,” Abby Purcell, secretary of Students for Life, told The College Fix in an email.

“The fact that this was stolen from us seems to be a way of saying that people don’t like our voice on campus,” says Students for Life President Besty Daly.

Students for life is a pro-life group at Saint Louis University. Daly is president of the group and says the cross display put up Saturday afternoon, was meant to to represent lives due to abortion in the United States, capital punishment and homicide in St Louis. By Monday night, the crosses vanished.

“According to the eyewitness, a man and a woman collected the crosses in a cloth bag and had said some people had been annoyed by our display,” she says.

“This man and a girl claimed to be from Students for Life but our friend was suspicious so he called us to see if we had arranged for anyone to remove the crosses, we had not,” Purcell said.

Both were wearing dark clothing and seemed to be around a college student’s age, according to Purcell.

Saint Louis University President Fred Pestello condemned the display’s removal and said the incident is “a distressing violation of our University’s values.”

“The eradication of any University-sanctioned display that expresses the religious and political beliefs of one of our student groups is at best an act of suppressing free speech and at worst an act of unacceptable intimidation,” Pestello said.

Despite the initial shock, Purcell said she’s “determined that this was a good opportunity for our group to become closer and do more.”

“We believed that at least some part of the display would resonate with the whole campus. We were also disappointed that these individuals felt as though they couldn’t talk to us about our beliefs and had to resort to sneakily stealing our display at night,” she said

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