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U of Alabama Rips Biggest Donor's Name Off Building After He Attacks Pro-Life Law

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I’m an Arkansas fan because of my childhood roots and that means I don’t typically cheer for the University of Alabama, but the most recent move by the Crimson Tide has me standing and applauding.

The University of Alabama recently slammed the “return to sender” stamp down on a $26.5 million donation from Hugh F. Culverhouse and removed the generous donor’s name off the signs at the law school.

University of Alabama employees remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. off the School of Law sign in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, June 7, 2019.
University of Alabama employees remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. off the School of Law sign in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, June 7, 2019.(Blake Paterson / AP Images)

Why did they return the largest donation in school history to the most generous donor the school has ever had?

Although the school has not confirmed the reason, the action was announced only hours after Culverhouse asked students to boycott the school over Alabama’s recent passage of a strict abortion ban.

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“I don’t want anybody to go to that law school, especially women, until the state gets its act together,” Culverhouse said. “You probably shouldn’t put a living person’s name on a building, because at some point they might get fed up and start talking.”

Apparently, the University of Alabama had heard enough from Culverhouse. According to a report from The Epoch Times, it was only minutes later that school staff members were removing his name from the law school’s sign.

The school claims that their actions were related to an ongoing dispute with Culverhouse about how they were using his money, but Culverhouse is certain it is in retaliation for his call for a boycott.

According to The Associated Press, Alabama’s University Chancellor Finis E. St. John IV said Culverhouse’s expectations for the gift were “inconsistent with the essential values of academic integrity and independent administration” at Alabama.

The Alabama abortion ban is one of the strictest in the nation. Set to take effect in November of this year, the law would make an abortion a crime during any stage of pregnancy and abortion providers would be punished with prison time up to 10 years. The bill contains no exception for either rape or incest.

An angry Culverhouse claims his donation was an effort to help rid Alabama of their “backward” and “hick” image.

“What have you done Alabama? You have effectively put a 12-gauge in your mouth and pulled the trigger,” Culverhouse said. “You have reinforced that horrible stereotype that my father and I have tried so hard to eliminate.”

Listen, Mr. Culverhouse, even if you can wallowing around in your deep piles of gold, I’m glad the good people of Alabama would rather live their life with character and integrity than being beholden to a real-life version of Henry F. Potter.

The killing of innocent life isn’t an obstacle that your piles of cash can just make go away.

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You may think they are backward hicks, but from one hillbilly to another, I stand and applaud those courageous souls in the deep South who know that their momma and their preacher weren’t lying when they taught them that “God loves the little children of the world.”

And, for what is likely the only time I will ever say this, if cheering the University of Alabama means standing with life, then “Roll Tide!”

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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South Carolina
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Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
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