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Conservative students protest campus sculpture

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) chapter at Texas Tech University, a student group affiliated with CampusReform.org, protested on Thursday the controversial "Tornado of Ideas" sculpture on the Texas Tech campus.

The YCT is gathering signatures on paper and online for a petition to remove the sculpture and send a letter of protest to the president of the university, the Board of Regents, and other alumni and supporters of the university.

According to YCT, Texas Tech University spent $142,000 to purchase the sculpture.  Among the scenes on the piece are  a version of the Texas Tech mascot, the Masked Rider, holding a javelin, attempting to sodomize a police officer and two lesbian women sitting arm-in-arm looking out at passersby. On top of a book labeled "The Way Things Ought to Be" is a woman staring at a man clinging to the edge of the sculpture about to fall off.

The work also features a number of books, including Soul on Ice, written by a former Black Panther leader who was imprisoned for serial rape, which he called "revolutionary." More questionable titles, such as Quotations from Chairman Mao, who killed over 65 million people in China, and Das Kapital by Karl Marx are included as well. Also included are Michael Moore's Dude Where's My Country and The Terrorist Next Door:  The Military Movement and the Radical Right.

The online petition can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/tornado-petition

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