Rep. Mary Bentley has gone to Facebook in apparent alarm that college students at Arkansas Tech might meet to talk about sex.
The notice (full version below) appeared on the Facebook page of Spectrum, a campus organization devoted to LGBTQ and others on campus.
We strive to eliminate discrimination under any basis. Anyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or academic achievement is welcome to be a part of SPECTRUM. We are an organization that provides a safe non-judgmental space to share ideas and to interact with one another.
This isn’t the first year the event has been held on campus. Here’s a 2015 report on the event.
Strictly speaking, by the way, the post Bentley cited is NOT from the Arkansas Tech Department of Diversity and Inclusion Facebook page. The department undoubtedly looks after diverse sexual groups as well as racial, ethnic and religious ones in its work. You can see from the likes of Bentley how nice it must be for afflicted students to have someone with a touch of warmth toward them. Given Bentley’s efforts to punish poor people with legislation (no food stamp soda pop), that might be another category worthy of attention.
The Department of Diversity sent me to the campus’ spokesman for a reaction to Bentley’s blast. I’ll add it when I have it. Bentley doesn’t talk to me since I reported about how she tried to use her official position in control of state budget to apply leverage to a wildlife officer on a call to her Perry County home about her husband’s violation of national forest regulations. Appropriate use of tax dollars?
UPDATE: From Arkansas Tech:
“This March will mark the third consecutive year in which SPECTRUM, a registered student organization at Arkansas Tech University, has hosted an event that seeks to provide any interested students with information relevant to sexual health. A few examples of topics include unplanned pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted disease prevention, sexual assault resources, consent and healthy relationships. Arkansas Tech University is content neutral as it relates to the free speech of its students, faculty, staff and registered student organizations and seeks to provide venues for individuals and organizations to share their views in a way that does not interrupt the educational process.”
Interim Vice President for Student Services
Dean of Students
Arkansas Tech University
UPDATE II: I’ve confirmed there’s no evidence a dime of state money has been spent in the past nor will it be spent this week on this event. This group CAN apply to a student government group for funding for events (that money comes from student fees, not state appropriation) but it has not even done that for this event. The event typically has a few students with tables offering information.
Mary Bentley is a bully and a poorly informed one. But we already knew that.