An event held by Students for Life of America at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN was disrupted by a bomb and chemical threat on Wednesday, September 19, 2019.
Northern Regional Coordinator Noah Maldonado was giving a speech titled “Embracing Controversy” at the college when an agitated man allegedly possessed what appeared to be a bomb. This prompted police to be called to the scene.
Maldonado provided his account of the event claiming that the man was “very agitated during the event and was reportedly mixing chemicals together in his backpack in the center of the room before leaving in a hurry. Many members of the audience were disturbed by the erratic behavior and reported the smell of ammonia. Not long after that, the security on campus interrupted my speech to evacuate the building, indicate that there was a mysterious package in the center aisle, and everyone needed to quickly exit the theater. The crowd of more than 85 people quickly filed out of the room to the parking lot outside. Once outside, we prayed briefly, and I was able to actually finish my speech. Other students who had been in different parts of the college also gathered around to join our spontaneous event. Thankfully everyone is safe and the man responsible is in police custody.”
SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said, “I hope everyone who learns about this story takes time to pray for our courageous staff and student leaders as this is just the start of the school year. Last year we saw an incredible increase in violence, which is the sad state of our national dialogue today. Frankly, we believe it will get worse this year, and we are making plans to protect both student free speech rights and those who stand for them.”
Maldonado said that this incident would not silence him or the students who participated last night. “We will continue to promote non-violence to advance the dialogue on the human rights issue of our day. And we will embrace the controversy of abortion and will never stop standing in solidarity with pregnant moms, families and their pre-born children,” Maldonado said.
SFLA President Kristan Hawkins pointed out that pro-life student activists face incredible resistance on college campuses. Hawkins has encountered Antifa at numerous protests and has been forced to provide security for some of her speaking engagements. Last year, her banner for an event was burned inside a building.
This incident shows how free speech is largely under attack on campuses nationwide. The activist Left will go to great lengths in shutting down controversial topics just to intimidate dissenters and create PC echo chambers at universities nationwide.
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Tim Tebow Finds a Higher Calling in Pro-Life Causes Rather than Sports Trophies
NRL News Today reported on Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held earlier this month.
Nearly 1,200 people were in attendance at this event.
The theme of this event was LIV-ing in victory, which referred to Super Bowl LIV.
Lamar Hunt, Jr., one of the owners of the Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. In his opening remarks, he said:
I do not think it is a cliché to say we are in a life and death battle for the truth and authentic dignity of the human person. We need your full attention. You need to drop what you’re doing and join us, and this can be in so many ways: prayer, assistance to those in need, emails, phone calls, in-person meetings. Get educated about what we’re fighting about here. Really listen in and tune in.
Then Hunt said, “Please do something about it. Pray. Take action. If you don’t know what to do, ask somebody. Place this as a major priority in your life.”
Hunt concluded by saying that he often heard the phrase “Live in victory” from another resident at the retirement home where he visits his mother.
The main highlight of that evening was the keynote speech by Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
“It is such an honor to be here,” Tebow said as he thanked the other speakers coming before him for their work to protect the unborn.
Tebow praised Hunt for “having courage in the face of a lot of other people who don’t have it and for your willingness to be up here and support this organization.”
“It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl,” Tebow remarked. He continued, “One day, when you look back and people are talking about you and they say Oh my gosh what are you going to be known for? Are you going to say Super Bowl, or we saved a lot of babies?”
Tebow asserted that Kansans for Life is not a philanthropy.
It’s a rescue mission. You know why we call it a rescue mission? Because when we say that, it puts a timeline on it.
When’s the last time you heard a rescue mission taking place in a month or a few years. No, a rescue mission means now. It gives you a sense of urgency. It says we have to go not because it’s our time, but because it’s their time. … I have to live a sense of urgency because while I might have time, they don’t.
Later, Tebow turned toward Hunt and Chiefs punter, Dustin Colquitt, who was also attending the event, he told them it was “awesome they won the Super Bowl.”
“It’s amazing. What an accomplishment! But you know the best part of that accomplishment is that it gets you an even bigger platform.” That platform, Tebow declared, can be used to support the pro-life movement.
“You see, my mom 32 years ago had doctors tell her she needed to abort me because if she didn’t, it was going to cost her life. And they didn’t even believe that I was a baby. They thought I was a tumor,” Tebow said.
Tebow jokingly recounted that as the baby of a family of 5 siblings, he was called “Timmy the tumor” by his siblings.
On a more serious note, Tebow said, “to make a long story short, when I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached. So, the doctor looked at my mom after 37 years of being a doctor and said, ‘This is the biggest miracle I’ve ever seen because I’m not sure how he’s alive.’ … I’m so grateful that my mom trusted God with my life and her life.”
In 1986, Tebow’s father, Robert, begged the Lord to give him one more child. His father said, “I prayed for a preacher and got a quarterback.”
Tebow finished the event by stating that, “What you’re doing here matters. You’re fighting for life. You’re fighting for people that can’t fight for themselves. And my question to you is: Are you willing to stand up in the face of persecution, in the face of adversity, in the face of criticism, when other people are going to say it’s not worth it, when other people won’t stand beside you? Maybe not everybody is going to be with you. Will you stand up for what’s right?”
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