The evil hat that Air & Space officials banned
They’re coming for you next: A dozen Catholic students, having just attended the March for Life event on January 20, 2023 in Washington, found themselves being chased from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum because they were all wearing hats with a pro-life message.
According to their lawyer,
Once in the museum, they were accosted several times and told they would be forced to leave unless they removed their pro-life hats. The group all wore the same blue hat that simply said, “Rosary PRO-LIFE.” Other individuals in the museum were wearing hats of all kinds without issue.
The museum staff mocked the students, called them expletives, and made comments that the museum was a “neutral zone” where they could not express such statements. The employee who ultimately forced the students to leave the museum was rubbing his hands together in glee as they exited the building.
According to the students and their parents, the kids were all wearing the same hats in order to find each other in the crowds.
When asked by the press about this incident, the museum responded as follows:
Asking visitors to remove hats and clothing is not in keeping with our policy or protocols. We provided immediate training to prevent a re-occurrence of this kind of incident, and have determine steps to ensure this does not happen again,” said Alison Wood, the museum’s deputy director of communications.
Really? Was anyone punished? Were any of these staff members fired? Suspended? Was the museum going to require these badly behaving employees to at least apologize to these students, either by phone, zoom, or in person?
Nah. The museum has issued its vague correction, and that’s the end of the story.
Well, it shouldn’t be the end of the story, and it appears it won’t be. The mother of two of the students is now apparently suing the museum.
Kudos to her. I think an even better response, however, would be to gather about a hundred people, have them all wear pro-life hats and t-shirts and arrive at the museum at the same time. They should do nothing but walk around and enjoy the exhibits. No chanting, no demonstrations, no disturbances. They should simply be there to find out if the museum really meant it when it claimed it had fixed the problem.
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