Witte said Flynn’s message was unsuitable for high school students. The “content could be misunderstood,” she told Young America’s Foundation. The principal didn’t mention how information exposing Sanger’s nefarious programs to sterilize large segments of Blacks, Italians, and Jews—whom Sanger referred to as “human weeds”— could be “misunderstood,” particularly by a pro-life club sanctioned by a Catholic school.
Taken from its mission statement, Mercy High School “nurtures compassionate leaders committed to addressing human needs, working for justice and serving the poor”—the same justice of which Sanger fought to deprive others, and the same poor Sanger wanted segregated from the master race.
Witte also added that her students were too “sensitive” to hear a topic about Planned Parenthood. Are Witte’s students, whose ages range from 14 to 18, also too sensitive to read about slavery, racism, and Native American genocide—topics which surely aren’t pretty? Probably not, since that “history” focuses on the Left’s holy trinity—race, gender, and class. It’s only when the “history” shifts to abortion that Witte pulls “sensitivity” out of her lexicon.
“I’m not suggesting that I or the school is anti-Mr. Flynn,” she added. “I just have not heard him speak.”
So, Principal Witte, you admit to never having heard Mr. Flynn talk before, then to canceling his appearance because of his message? Ah, a good lesson for all high school students to absorb: Judge first, listen second.
Even if a lecture on abortion may cause uneasiness among some students, isn’t school the place to challenge assumptions and to hear different, and perhaps, discomforting points of view? Apparently, Mercy High School’s principal is completely fine with producing graduates who are unprepared to think for themselves.
Witte sees no problem with a Catholic school rejecting basic Catholic doctrine. Not only is the Catechism of the Catholic Church explicitly hostile toward abortion—calling the procedure a “moral evil” and excommunicating any person obtaining one—but the official position desires exposure to a wide variety of ideas. For with freedom, says the Catechism, man “might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to the [Almighty].”
In essence, this principal would rather hide the grisly positions espoused by Margaret Sanger than act as a responsible educator, and as a responsible Catholic.
Make your voice heard to Carolyn Witte and Mercy High School’s president, Regina Doelker. Contact them here, and tell them that such censorship is unacceptable.