Last Friday Francisco Nava (P’09), a prominent member of anti-modernity-club the Anscombe Society, was taken into an alley and beaten senseless, the culmination of a series of threatening letters which began in mid-October. Only a day before Brandon McGinley (P’ 10) had this to say about the letters in a Prince op/ed:
These tactics are part of a pattern designed to silence members of our community who speak out against the hookup culture and sexual liberationist ideology.
Take that, self-righteous hunger-strikers. Strangely, the menacing letters started not after Nava’s infamous condom-condemnation, “Princeton’s Latex Lies,” but instead, according to McGinley, after he “spoke up in class and precept” on Anscombe-y topics. The first message ominously informed Nava via his Frist mailbox, “YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE WRONG CAUSE.”
Soon they came to do more than inform, however. Two days ago we learned that Nava, en route to a house in Princeton Township of a local student he tutors, was dragged into an alley and attacked by two assailants.
Here’s the Prince‘s account:
Details of the incident have not been confirmed by Princeton Township Police or the University Medical Center at Princeton, but Nava said in an interview Friday evening that he was walking from a borrowed car to the house of a boy he is mentoring when he was stopped by a man dressed in black and wearing a ski cap. According to Nava, the man said that someone was hurt and asked for his help. A second assailant, who was waiting around the corner, grabbed Nava from behind. Together, the two men checked him against a wall and repeatedly hit his head against the bricks.
“Eventually I just blacked out,” Nava said in an interview last night. “I don’t remember what happened; I just saw a bunch of white.” When he came to, he said, the two men were still hitting him.
The two men told Nava to “shut the fuck up” as they left him lying on the ground.
The Anscombe Society and Princeton conservatives have united around Nava. In addition to McGinley’s strident op/ed, Wyatt Yankus (P’ 09) has branded Nava on the Princeton Tory blog, “a true martyr to the cause of standing up for what you believe in.” Indeed, Yankus, hurling his gage into the blogosphere, taunts the alleged assailants,”PS: if you have a problem with what i say, then come and get me.” Another post, this one by Tory-editor Matt Schmitz (P ’08), contains interesting information about the attack not found in the Prince account.
There is much in L’Affaire Anscombe to excite speculation. To be blunt, many already think it’s a hoax. This is because there are books to be written on the various puzzling details and suspicious turns-of-events which riddle the whole saga (I will lay out some of what’s troubling on this site tomorrow). Others think it’s the work of some vicious new generation of the “gay mafia,” while yet others suspect it may be the work of some hopelessly radicalized grad student for whom thuggery is praxis or something like that.
At this point, no one really knows what happened. It’s best to give victims of violent assault the benefit of the doubt. At the same time, with a view to the Duke Lacrosse case, we should reserve judgment until the facts can be conclusively established.
More to come. Much more.
As always, if you know something of interest, please let us know.
UPDATE: Multiple people have informed me that “judgement” was misspelled. OK.