by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2007
Gainesville, FL (LifeNews.com) — Assisted suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian is headed to the University of Florida for an October 11 speaking engagement — which will have the college pay him $50,000. But the event isn’t going over well with students there, who are upset that state taxpayer dollars will be used to pay the convicted murderer.
Ashley Emans, a junior at the university, wrote more about the speaking engagement in an editorial on Town Hall.
She said that the student-run speaker’s bureau called ACCENT sent Kevorkian the speaking offer shortly after his released from prison, where he served eight years of a 10-25 year prison sentence for the murder of a disabled patient.
"Kevorkian’s UF stop will probably be his first paid public speaking engagement since his June 1 release from prison," Emans says and "his $50,000 honorarium is subsidized by taxpayer dollars."
The event will only occur is Kevorkian is granted special permission by his parole officer to leave the state and go to Florida.
While many pro-life students are upset by the appearance, Emans says "Kevorkian will be greeted here in Gainesville, Florida with open arms from many students and professors."
"Once again my school is making national headlines for reasons that make me cringe. It very rarely speaks for me, and I am ashamed my fellow students in the governing body want the cache of Kevorkian at the expense of respect or dignity," Emans says in the Town Hall editorial.
Emans pointed out the irony that Terri Schiavo was a victim of euthanasia in the same state and that the judge who allowed her former husband to take her life was University of Florida graduate George Greer.
"Bioethicist Bill Allen teaches here, who said in an interview that he believed Terri Schiavo was not a person," she added.
Emans concludes that the college is again going out of its way to provide its progressive and open-minded credentials, this time by embracing someone who has admittedly killed more than 130 people via assisted suicide.
"I take issue with UF falling all over itself to nab Kevorkian first," she concluded. "I fail to see what good is to come from using taxpayer dollars to preach a religion of death a significant number do not subscribe to."