WKU Student, Accused of Desecrating Pro-Life Cross Display, Speaks Up

By: Elsa Bolt Email
By: Elsa Bolt Email

Hilltoppers for Life created a cross display at the old football stadium at Western Kentucky University.

The President of the pro-life group, John Sohl, says each of the nearly four thousand crosses were meant to represent the number of abortions that take place in a day.

But on the last night of their university approved display, Sohl says he captured this footage of Elaina Smith and her friend placing condoms onto some of the crosses.

Smith says she was doing it for an art project and wanted to expand the discussion of sexual health practices and consequences.

She released this statement that in part reads "...I had worried that my idea might offend some. However, after giving it a lot of thought, I came to believe that it is no more or less offensive than the original installation of thousands of popsicle-stick crosses, each representing an aborted fetus. For me, each condom represents an unwanted pregnancy that could have been prevented...."

Smith also says it was her way, in turn, to answer how she feels about abortion and that after taking some pictures, she removed the condoms voluntarily.

Now Sohl says he respects Smith's opinion, but that she should have gone about it differently.

"She had no right to put that on our display. She was perfectly at liberty to express her opinion by creating her own display of crosses, by buying her own supplies, putting her own money and time into putting something like that up and then to put the condoms on, we couldn't have done anything about that," says John Sohl, the President of Hilltoppers for Life.

He also doesn't think her actions were a work of art.

"You do not respond to art work by altering that art work. It would be the same as if i went into the National Art Gallery, looked at the Mona Lisa and said, I don't like the color of her hair and then I proceeded to color it a different color," Sohl says.

Now the University says they are planning to meet with all the parties involved to figure out if any action should be taken.

Sohl says, If Smith was in fact doing it for a school project, he does not believe that she should get credit for it.

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