An alumnus accused the school of pulling back an award he was to receive as a result of his affiliation with Planned Parenthood.
Jeff Goldman on August 02, 2016
SOUTH ORANGE — A Seton Hall University alumnus says his alma mater rescinded an award he was to receive from the school because he is pro-
In an essay posted on the Medium.com, Darnell L. Moore wrote that school officials told him he would be presented the Young Alumni of Excellence Award at a Black Alumni Association sponsored event.
Moore said the Catholic school cited his affiliation with Planned Parenthood in pulling back the award, but adds the university never asked him if he was pro-
“I would rather maintain my convictions [sic: Catholic!?] than receive an honor from any repressive institution whose ideologies counter people’s rights to make reproductive and sexual choices best for them,” Moore wrote [But not best for their unborn children!].
He goes on to call for black Seton Hall alumni to hold the school accountable for its “unwillingness” to accept a different point of view.
In a statement, Seton Hall spokeswoman Laurie Pine did not directly address Moore’s allegation that his award was rescinded because he is pro-
choiceabortion. But Pine said the university promotes Catholic teaching through its awards.
“As a Catholic institution of higher education, Seton Hall is committed to the inherent dignity of each person,” Pine said. “The university has a diverse array of students, faculty, administrators and alumni with a wide range of views and ideas. Seton Hall respects the viewpoints of all of its community members, however, the university espouses Catholic values and teachings in its presentation of awards to individuals and organizations. As an independent group, the black alumni organization has the right to recognize individuals for their contributions.”