I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Roman Catholic activists are plunging ahead with the anti-female messages that have been consistent in the papal infrastructure of the new Pope Benedict XVI. At the same time, I couldn’t help but be incredulous at the story I came across earlier today about the courageous message of one young woman to the St. Jude Educational Institute, of Montgomery, Alabama.
It seems that in the message of ‘Choose Life,’ some fine print reads ‘but be ashamed that you’re a harlot’ somewhere in the handbook. Senior Alysha Cosby became pregnant by a fellow student and was suspended in March, reasons cited being that she was a ‘safety concern’. Were they worried someone would slip in a puddle of amniotic fluid if her water broke? I just don’t get it.
Here’s where the story gets fun, and a young woman quickly becomes a hero in my eyes. The school administration also excluded her from her commencement ceremony and left her name out of the commencement bulletin, while letting the young man who impregnated her attend. Naturally, Alysha was offended and made the decision that she wasn’t going to take the insult quietly, and her mother supported this decision. With her mother and aunt as companions, Alysha attended her graduation and at the end of the program boldly went to the front, announced her own name and took her commencement walk across the stage. Despite being met by rounds of applause and cheers from the audience, when she returned to her seat the police escorted her, her mother and her aunt from the hall.
It’s not often that I feel a tremendous amount of pride in the actions of a complete stranger, but this incident definitely was inspiring. The question remains, however, how a group so adamant about sending a message to women to not have abortions can behave so shamefully towards a young woman who did exactly that, and add insult onto injury by welcoming the father of the child to participate in commencement with impunity.