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Title: FSU Student Govt Pres Booted over Anti-BLM, Pro-Life Texts
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URL Source: https://www.westernjournal.com/fsu- ... am&utm_content=western-journal
Published: Jun 28, 2020
Author: Tyler Durden
Post Date: 2020-06-28 17:47:54 by Horse
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Views: 68
Comments: 9

Jack Denton was removed from his position as Florida State University Senate president after texts in which he criticized Black Lives Matter and ACLU were leaked.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is advising Denton as he appeals the decision to the Florida State University Supreme Court.

The student government president at Florida State University was removed from his position earlier this month after he was accused of making transphobic, racist and “anti-abortion” comments.

Jack Denton, 21, was voted out of his position after his texts in a private group chat were leaked. He criticized Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union in the texts, saying that they promote causes such as transgenderism and abortion.

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“What happened with me at Florida State is egregious and an egregious attack on the Constitution,” Denton told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Public universities like Florida State are supposed to be marketplaces of ideas and free expression. Expression should be encouraged, not shut down.”

Tyson Langhofer, director of the Center for Academic Freedom with the Alliance Defending Freedom, is now advising Denton. Langhofer represented Young America’s Foundation and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in a 2016 case which resulted in several policy changes at California State University, Los Angeles.

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“Our goal is to advise him on what his options are to challenge any unconstitutional or improper application of these student policies,” Langhofer told the DCNF.

“Because the bottom line is students don’t give up their religious freedom when they step onto a public university campus.”

Denton, who is a rising senior studying political science, describes himself as a devout Roman Catholic. He sent the messages in question to a Catholic Student Union group chat where students usually send prayer requests or share their faith in other ways.

“BlackLivesMatter.com fosters ‘a queer affirming network’ and defends transgenderism. The ACLU defends laws protecting abortion facilities,” Denton said in the texts.

“If I stay silent while my brothers and sisters may be supporting an organization that promotes grave evils, I have sinned through my silence.”

“I just want to make it explicitly clear that black lives matter,” Denton told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I think any decent human would agree with me on that point. However, Black Lives Matter, the organization, advocates for things that are explicitly anti-Catholic.”

But what began as text messages sent to a group of fellow Roman Catholic students soon devolved into something Denton said was completely unexpected.

June 3

One hour into a routine virtual Florida State University Senate meeting over which Denton was presiding on June 3, another senator, Khundavi Gnanam, made a motion of no confidence in Denton as senate president. Gnanam was sent screenshots of Denton’s text messages by another person in the group chat.

Denton, who had not been forewarned of this motion, temporarily ceded his authority to Ahmad Daraldik, the president pro tempore of the senate. The meeting then went into an hour of debate.

“I just think these statements are unacceptable,” Deía Medley Neyra, a transgender senator, said. “Those sorts of opinions shouldn’t be shared in public chats with other students.”

However, some students spoke in defense of Denton.

“We may disagree with what he said or how he said it, but it is important to express that we protect people’s individual right to express their beliefs,” James Bateman said.

The senate failed to reach the required two-thirds majority to remove him from his position. Denton remained president.

June 4

Several student organizations rallied in the aftermath of the failed vote to remove Denton as president. The goal was to force another vote.

“Denton’s words send a dehumanizing message to womxn, trans, queer, and black students at FSU, and prove that he is unfit to hold the office of Senate President,” according to an editorial published in Spire Magazine, Florida State University’s student paper.

“Denton’s comments were explicitly racist, transphobic, and anti-choice, referring to the transgender community and the pro-choice movement as ‘grave evils,’” the Florida State University Pride Student Union said in a statement to the DCNF. “We as the Pride Student Union condemn these comments made by the Senate President as an act of blatant discrimination.”

The pressure from these groups led to the creation of a petition to call an emergency meeting. After more than 50 percent of the senate signed the petition, Denton scheduled an emergency meeting for June 5.

June 5

More than 700 people viewed the emergency meeting, according to Denton.

The meeting was public, meaning that Florida State University students were able to voice their opinions.

“I think it’s disgusting how you’re using religion to defend and uphold your hate and prejudices and biases,” student Gigi Cruz said.

“I don’t feel safe with you as president,” student Valentina Brown said. “You are condemning our identities, an integral part of our selves and our nature.”

The meeting, which mainly consisted of students condemning Denton, lasted about six hours.

“I don’t know how I got through that Friday night meeting without the grace of God, to put it quite bluntly,” Denton said.

“I could not have sat through six hours of people just spewing hate and telling me how terrible of a person that I am without the prayers and encouragement from dozens and dozens of people.”

“It was appalling to see the level of vitriol aimed at Jack for, again, just simply stating a fact about what Catholic views are,” Langhofer said.

Thirty-eight senators, or 86 percent, voted to oust Denton at the end of the meeting.

Florida State University declined to comment on the senate’s decision to remove Denton as president, calling it a student government matter.

The Aftermath

Denton appealed the senate’s decision to the Florida State University Supreme Court on Thursday, according to Langhofer. He is alleging that there was a violation of senate policy, university policy, and his rights under the First Amendment.

Meanwhile, Denton’s replacement, Ahmad Daraldik — who had been president pro tempore of the senate — has faced criticism of his own.

Daraldik, who is Palestinian-American, allegedly said “F*** Israel” and “stupid Jews,” and compared Israeli government actions in Palestine to Nazi Germany’s genocide, according to a Change.org petition to remove him from the senate. More than 8,000 people signed that petition.

“These comments are revolting and separate comments made about Israel are absurd,” Republican State Rep. Mike Caruso wrote in a letter to Florida State University Student Governance & Advocacy director Dr. Danielle Acosta.

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#1. To: Horse (#0)

Student government...

What do these assholes even do?

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803)‡

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Thomas Jefferson

ghostdogtxn  posted on  2020-06-29   7:50:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: ghostdogtxn (#1)

They're rehearsing for their future roles as "public servants."

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-06-29   8:00:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: ghostdogtxn, Lod (#1)

What do these assholes even do?

The lying starts at an early age. I was a student senator; here's an example. We had proposed to expand intramural sports facility availability to the students. A cost calculation report was drawn up. To cover it, an amount to raise student fees was determined. When it came time for the vote to add it as a ballot item in the next student election I proposed that the expanded use and the fee increase be the same ballot item. I was voted down. They put the expansion and the fee increase on the ballot as separate items. The expansion passed, the fees to pay for it failed.

The school administration vetoed it.


Freedom is a social skill.

Anthem  posted on  2020-06-29   9:00:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Anthem (#3)

Today, the admins would likely have caved. imo

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-06-29   9:18:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Lod, Anthem (#4)

2,000 transgenders and their lawyers would have made access available to them but not to biological males and females.

The Truth of 911 Shall Set You Free From The Lie

Horse  posted on  2020-06-29   12:34:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Lod (#4)

Maybe today. Back then the student government needed admin approval for any cost that would come out of the budget, if it was not otherwise covered. I pointed that out to the senate. That's why we needed to put the fee increase on the ballot. It is a measure of how dishonest they were that they still structured it knowing that the fee increase (tax) would not pass, but the service expansion would.

That's when I got out of politics. I should have stayed in a little longer to more thoroughly learn what these people are like. Five years later, my first wife was a Democrat, and her mother was a feminist intellectual. I'm lucky to be at large.


Freedom is a social skill.

Anthem  posted on  2020-06-29   15:11:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Anthem (#6)

It's good that you escaped intact.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-06-30   13:39:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Lod, Anthem, 4um (#7)

It's good that you escaped intact.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2020-06-30   13:45:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Anthem (#6)

Five years later, my first wife was a Democrat, and her mother was a feminist intellectual. I'm lucky to be at large.

I would say so. LOL

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2020-06-30   13:54:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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