Notre Dame Calls Cops On School-Authorized Table Promoting Traditional Marriage

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Members of a group that promotes traditional heterosexual marriage say school officials at the University of Notre Dame called the police after group members set up a table on campus — even though “an officially recognized on-campus student group” had received permission for the display.

The cops rushed to the scene after they got the call from school officials at the Roman Catholic school and quickly slapped a “cease and desist” order on the conservative group, Tradition Family Property Student Action, reports Campus Reform.

TFP Student Action members say they were told by the University of Notre Dame Security Police Department — “fully authorized as a police agency by the State of Indiana” — that there is a distinction between having permission to set up a table and having permission to sit at the table.

Actually sitting at a table seems to require a totally different and higher level of bureaucratic authorization.

“I’m still trying to fully understand why the event was shut down,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie. “I was hoping to find a more supportive environment for the Catholic position on marriage. But instead, Notre Dame police officers told us that we only had proper permission to have a table, but that nobody was allowed to actually man the table, which was the whole point of having a table in the first place. How can a table man itself? So we were forced to leave.”

TFP Student Action members were handing out a flier entitled “10 Reasons Why Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ is Harmful and Must Be Opposed.” Ritchie said the response from students and faculty members ranged from respectful to supportive.

Then, a group of leftist students who support gay marriage arrived. They allegedly began ripping up the fliers, shouting a flurry of obscenities and suggesting that the message of religious conservatives does not deserve to be heard.

“It seems like the more you hear about inclusion and diversity in higher education, the less you hear about the truth, the more the truth is shut out of the conversation” Ritchie said.

Notre Dame is, of course, most famous for its typically mediocre football team, the Fighting Irish.

Also, last month, Brian McCurren, a 19-year-old student at the Congregation of the Holy Cross school in South Bend, Ind., was arrested after he smashed a stained glass window at a local massage therapy facility, ransacked the place and helped himself to a bunch of Hot Pockets before passing out. (RELATED: Cops: Notre Dame student broke into South Bend spa, wrecked it, ate Hot Pockets)

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