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Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:30pm 6/28/2017 at 7:30pm

Politico magazine has a very detailed article on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), for which I was interviewed, Has a Civil Rights Stalwart Lost Its Way?.

The article, written by Ben Schreckinger, addresses several aspects of the SPLC, including its massive accumulation of wealth seemingly beyond its needs. But much of the...

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North Carolina Gets Highest Marks for Campus Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9:00am 6/28/2017 at 9:00am

The number of schools in North Carolina which get top free speech ratings from FIRE puts the state in a unique and admirable position.

The College Fix reported:

The best state for campus free speech is … North Carolina?

North Carolina seems intent on proving that its university campuses aren’t micromanaging what students can...

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Charles Murray: Middlebury Mob Was “repudiation of what the university is all about”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 8:30am 6/28/2017 at 8:30am
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In March of this year, the sociologist and writer Charles Murray visited Middlebury College to deliver a lecture. Before he could even begin, the event was set upon by a mob of students who shut it down and ultimately sent a professor to the emergency room.

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Campus Free Speech Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 10:30am 6/25/2017 at 10:30am

This effort was advanced almost entirely by Republicans. Democrats oppose the idea of consequences for those who infringe the free speech rights of others.

The Journal Sentinel reports:

Wisconsin Assembly passes campus free speech bill

Lawmakers late Wednesday voted to crack down on University of Wisconsin System students who disrupt other people’s speeches and...

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Northwestern Prof Makes Argument for Limitations on Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:30am 6/23/2017 at 10:30am
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This professor falls back on the incorrect idea that “hate speech” isn’t free speech.

Campus Reform reports:

Prof: ‘Racist hate speech’ causes cigarette smoking

A Northwestern University professor argued Wednesday that “hate speech” should be a form of expression that is subject to legal limitation.

In an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times, sociology professor...

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Ted Cruz Shines in Senate Hearing on Campus Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00am 6/21/2017 at 7:00am
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Respecting free speech has been an ongoing issue on college campuses for years now but reached a boiling point in 2017. So far this year, there was a riot at Berkeley over a planned speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley also had to cancel a speech by Ann Coulter over threats...

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Finally – Congress to Hold Hearing on Campus Assault on Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 11:30am 6/18/2017 at 11:30am

This has been a long time coming. It will be fascinating to see what comes of it.

The Daily Caller reports:

Congress To Hold Hearing On ‘Assault’ Of Campus Free Speech

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Friday a witness list for a...

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Louisiana Lawmakers Send Campus Free Expression Bill to Governor

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:30am 6/15/2017 at 10:30am

It’s amazing that additional laws have to be passed to protect free speech but so be it.

Campus Reform reports:

Free expression bill goes to LA governor’s desk

A bill supporting free speech on college campuses in Louisiana has passed the state house, and now moves to the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards...

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German Newspaper Streams Censored Documentary on European Antisemitism

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2:30pm 6/14/2017 at 2:30pm
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Despite the risk of litigation, the German newspaper Bild Zeitung has gone ahead with the streaming of an investigative documentary that exposed the extent of Antisemitism in Europe. The French-German broadcaster ARTE had previously shelved the 90-minute documentary that uncovered the complicity of the European Union and Germany government in financing antisemitic groups...

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Pakistan Issues Death Penalty for “Blasphemous” Facebook Post

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:22pm 6/12/2017 at 1:22pm
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“Blasphemous” social media posts can get you killed in Pakistan.

The first of its kind in the middle eastern state, Pakistan recently sentenced a man to death for making “derogatory” remarks about “Sunni religious figures and the prophet of Islam’s wives,” reports leading German news purveyor, DW.

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Students Who Shut Down Heather Mac Donald Allowed to Graduate

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30am 6/9/2017 at 7:30am
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Allowing these students to graduate conflicts with school policy. No one is punished for anything.

The College Fix reports:

Students who shut down ‘War on Cops’ author allowed to graduate, in break with college policy

Actions don’t have consequences for Claremont McKenna College faculty.

Over the objections of the administration, professors voted to let students...

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Republican Floats Cutting Funding to Schools That Limit Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 1:30pm 6/8/2017 at 1:30pm

This is an excellent idea. Why should schools receive tax dollars if they can’t or won’t defend free speech?

The Daily Caller reports:

Republican Rep Floats Cutting Funding From Schools That Limit Free Speech

Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney, a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, suggested Tuesday night that members may...

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Geert Wilders Under Investigation for Statements About Islam

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00pm 6/4/2017 at 2:00pm
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Austria has transferred a complaint to the Netherlands against Dutch politician Geert Wilders for comments Wilders made about Islam.  The original complaint was filed in Austria by a Muslim group who heard Wilders’  2015 speech in Vienna.

Dutch News.nl reports:

The Dutch prosecution service is investigating statements on Islam by far-right politician Geert...

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Middlebury College Alums Defend Free Speech on Campus

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:30am 6/2/2017 at 10:30am
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Former Middlebury College students have been watching what’s happening at their school. Some of them recently wrote a piece about the importance of free speech and respecting opposing views.

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Texas Antifa Group to Protest Statue of Sam Houston

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 4:00pm 5/30/2017 at 4:00pm

As emblems of the Confederacy all across the country are being dismantled, a Texas Antifa group has picked an odd target for their angst — a well-loved statue of the Republic of Texas’ first President, Sam Houston.

Sam Houston was a badass if ever there was one. Not only was he an...

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CNN’s Zakaria: Liberals Aren’t Tolerant and Suffer from “Anti-Intellectualism”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:00am 5/30/2017 at 7:00am
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You know things are bad when even someone as far left as CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has noticed that liberal college campuses have a problem with tolerance, free speech and diversity of thought.

In a report a few days ago, Zakaria pointed out what many of us have been saying for months.

From CNN:

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Northwestern Unlikely to Punish Students Who Shut Down Immigration Official’s Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 29, 2017 at 7:30am 5/29/2017 at 7:30am
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Earlier this month, students at Northwestern entered a venue where an immigration official was giving a speech and shut it down. Consequences are unlikely.

The Daily Northwestern reports:

Some students who protested ICE representative undergoing University’s conduct process, lawyer says

Some students who stopped a guest lecture by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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