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TN Legislation Would Allow College Students and Staffers to Sue if Punished for Not Accepting ‘Divisive Concepts’

TN Legislation Would Allow College Students and Staffers to Sue if Punished for Not Accepting ‘Divisive Concepts’

“The state Senate passed the bill Monday”

This is close to being sent to the governor. Republicans in other states should look at it.

ABC News reports:

Tenn. ‘divisive concept’ bill targeting colleges advances

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are nearing final passage of legislation that would allow students and staffers to sue public colleges and universities if they feel they’ve been unfairly punished for not accepting “divisive concepts.”

The state Senate passed the bill Monday, following suit after the House approved a similar version earlier this month. However, both GOP-controlled chambers will need to hash out differences on how the bill would be enforced before it could be sent to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

The bill is part of a slate of bills Republicans have introduced this year targeting what concepts and issues should be addressed in Tennessee’s education system. This latest measure would prohibit public colleges and universities from punishing students and staffers if they do not agree with certain ideas and open them up to lawsuits if they violate the measure.

“I don’t think what we’ve got in these definitions is exactly clear and I think what it does is invites conflict and invites challenge,” said Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro, who opposed the bill.

Pressed by reporters last month, Sexton declined to give a specific example of a student or staffer who had been harmed for disagreeing with a particular controversial topic. Instead, Sexton said the bill was needed so Tennessee could be “proactive” after hearing of incidents around the country.

McNally has also spoken favorably about the concept, saying professors need to “stick to what they’re supposed to be teaching.”

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Interesting. But every case will revolve around what the word “divisive” means. IOW, the result will be a crapshoot, every time.

I like it.

““I don’t think what we’ve got in these definitions is exactly clear and I think what it does is invites conflict and invites challenge,” said Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro”

…and everybody about every piece of Democrat legislation, EVER.

Like bumpstocks are legal, then they aren’t; forced reset triggers are legal, then they aren’t; solvent traps are legal, then they aren’t; we have too many private sellers with FFLs, then private sellers suddenly need to get FFLs, then we have too many again…

…and, mind you, that’s all without the actual legislation changing by even one comma.

So challenge it. That’s your job. It’s time the left wasted time and money on the defensive, for a change.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to henrybowman. | March 24, 2022 at 3:14 am

    But the vagueness will benefit the left at least as much as it will benefit the right.
    “ I was fired for teaching that Israel is an apartheid state that murdered 6 million Arabs in 1948, steals organs when it search up disaster aid field hospitals, and manipulates them the US Congress by threatening them with blackmail over video tapes of them having underage sex arranged by Zionist Jeffrey Epstein. Saying otherwise is divisive, and they fired me because I wouldn’t say otherwise.”

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