Smithsonian on Legal Notice After Kicking Out Pro-Life Students

On Jan. 20, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum kicked out a dozen Catholic high school students and their chaperons for wearing beanies inscribed with pro-life messages. Now congressional Republicans are demanding answers.

Representative Chip Roy, R-Texas, has penned a letter along with over two dozen Republicans including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida demanding answers from the Smithsonian. Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. led the effort in the Senate.

“Does the Smithsonian have any policy prohibiting pro-life sentiments from being expressed in its buildings or any policy deeming it a ‘neutral zone,” the letter reads. “What efforts have you taken to ensure that the First Amendment rights of all Americans are respected at the Air and Space Museum and an incident like this never occurs again under your leadership?”

“On January 20, 2023, thousands of Americans from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life. For many participants the occasion was inviting, warm, and educational,” The letter reads. “Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a group of pro-life Americans from South Carolina. Following the march, students were allegedly harassed by Smithsonian Institute employees at the Air and Space Museum for their pro-life and human rights affirming apparel and were expelled from the building.”

The incident has caused an uproar among Republicans with some calling for the offending employees to be fired and the Smithsonian sued. “This is a DISGRACE. People need to be fired,” Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, tweeted. “This should’ve NEVER happened.” (Read more from “Smithsonian on Legal Notice After Kicking Out Pro-life Students” HERE)

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