Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bristol in the lion's den February 7

“We thought a big name like Bristol’s would help to start a dialogue”
One of the things we admire most about Bristol Palin is that she, like her mom, is fearless. She will need that famous Palin spunk when the visits Washington University in St. Louis next month:
Bristol Palin will address Washington University as the keynote speaker for this year’s Sexual Responsibility Week.

Student Union Treasury on Tuesday approved a $20,000 appeal by the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) to sponsor a four-person panel featuring Palin. The appeal was initially set at $25,000 and renegotiated.


The panel will also include representatives from the Catholic Student Center, Missouri Right to Life, and Planned Parenthood and will address the issue of abstinence in a college setting.


The event will be held in Graham Chapel at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. to end the first day of Sex Week. The week, which seeks to start an open sexual dialogue, encourage students to experiment with sexual viewpoints that differ from their own and to provide wide-reaching sexual education, will continue through Feb. 12.

The event will begin with a 25-minute speech by Palin on her life story to be followed by an hour-long panel discussion and a half hour question-and-answer session. A reception will be held after the question and answer to allow students to interact with Palin one-on-one.


By hosting Palin as the keynote speaker, SHAC hoped to appease concerns with previous Sex Weeks while also highlighting this year’s series.

“We thought a big name like Bristol’s would help to start a dialogue,” SHAC President Scott Elman said. “We also wanted to target abstinence because SHAC and Sex Week have been criticized for being too liberal and too one-dimensional, and that the abstinence conversation hasn’t been brought up.”

Too liberal? Washington University? Say it isn't so, SHAC...

Seriously, it is to the student organization's credit to try to find some balance in the events it sponsors. And it is to Bristol's credit that she is willing to put herself in a setting where some hateful leftists in the peanut gallery will use the opportunity to attack her. But the same Lord who helps us pick ourselves up when we stumble is also our Shield against those who make themselves our enemies.

- JP

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