Victory? Leftist Anti-Life Professor Ordered to Pay $17k, Undergo Mandatory Training

Victory? Leftist Anti-Life Professor Ordered to Pay $17k, Undergo Mandatory Training

For someone with a PhD, Dr. Gregory Thatcher isn't very smart.

Earlier this year at the California State University in Fresno, pro-life members of the Students for Life organization were spreading their message throughout the campus with chalk messages written on the ground in prominent areas. Some of the messages included "Support pregnant and parenting students," "Women need love, not abortion," and "You can be pregnant and successful!"

Apparently, the messages were so inflammatory someone had to take action. Cellphone footage shows us what happened next:

The video, taken by chapter president Bernadette Tasy, shows us another group of students rubbing out the pro-life messages with their feet. When asked, they inform Tasy that their professor put them up to it.

Tasy confronts Thatcher and informs him that the group has received permission for their activities. Thatcher rudely dismisses her and condescendingly declares that "College campuses are not free speech areas."

From CBN:

“College campuses are not free speech areas. Do you understand? Obviously, you don’t understand,” Thatcher added.

The pro-life students responded with a lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom.

”No university professor has the authority to roam the campus, silencing any student speech he happens to find objectionable and recruiting students to participate in this censorship,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham.

”Like all government officials, professors have an obligation to respect students’ free speech rights. And they should encourage all students to participate in the marketplace of ideas, rather than silencing those with whom they happen to differ. The professor’s actions here represent a flagrant violation of the First Amendment,” Barham said.

The lawsuit, Fresno State Students for Life v. Thatcher, explains that Professor Thatcher’s decision to erase Students for Life’s expression, to recruit students to help in his censorship and to harass and intimidate the group violates their fundamental right to freedom of speech.

After six months of court hearings, the pro-life students have prevailed. The lawsuit filed by the ADF was settled by the District Court yesterday, with Thatcher ordered to pay $17,000 and undergo mandatory First Amendment training provided by the ADF.

Unfortunately, the victory is bittersweet, not just because Thatcher gets to keep his faculty position at CSU Fresno's Department of Public Health (likely thanks to an equally leftist school administration).

From Fox News:

Thatcher told Fox News he won’t have to pay a penny out of his own pocket because the settlement was made through his insurance company.

“I did not, in any way, admit to any wrongdoing,” Thatcher said. “I did agree to sit through a training seminar because I love to learn others’ thoughts and opinions.”

Disgusting. Remorseless. Unrepentant. These are the people educating our students. The left is truly irredeemable.

Head over to the College Fix to read the full injunction and other court documents.

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