Baylor University in Texas received backlash from conservatives last Friday after it placed a sign in front of an annual on-campus 9/11 flag display, warning students of “sensitive content” in accordance with a “standard process” enacted last year.
The student group Young Conservatives of Texas at Baylor cried foul last Friday, telling supporters on Twitter that its on-campus display of the over 2,000 United States flags “to memorialize those who tragically perished in the 9/11 attacks is now considered ‘Sensitive Content.’”
In a tweet, Young Conservatives of Texas shared a video showing small American flags planted in the grass of a common area on campus with one white sign in the ground stating: “Please be advised: sensitive content.”
Displaying the American Flag to memorialize those who tragically perished in the 9/11 attacks is now considered “Sensitive Content”. Honoring those who died and first responders isn’t “Sensitive”, it’s “American”. pic.twitter.com/0DHmY7h2sJ
— Baylor YCT (@BaylorYCT) September 11, 2020
In a statement, Young Conservatives of Texas at Baylor Chapter Chairman Jake Neidert explained that his group places 2,977 Americans flags in the grass at Baylor’s Fountain Mall each year on Sept. 11 to honor the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The display only includes flags with no “no signage or political messaging,” according to Neidert.
“Every year we do our best to ensure that this event is about America not politics,” he said. “Upon our initial request to place the memorial this year, we made it clear to Baylor Student Activities that this was not a political event.”
Neidert stated that Baylor’s Department of Student Activities informed the student group about 24 hours in advance of the demonstration that it would place “expression activity” signs near the flags.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith