free speech  (Page 1)

Student Leaders Petition Kentucky Lawmakers for Campus Free Speech Protection

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:00am 2/13/2019 at 10:00am

Leaders from the College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty, a Libertarian group, spearheaded this initiative. Good for them.

Campus Reform reports:

Ky. student leaders petition lawmakers for free speech

Various student leaders representing bip...

Read More...
 
 
 

Central Washington University Reaffirms its Commitment to Free Speech on Campus

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2:00pm 2/5/2019 at 2:00pm

This has become so rare that it’s newsworthy when it happens.

Campus Reform reports:

Some schools ban conservative speakers. This one is taking the opposite approach

Schools such as the University of California-Berkeley have tried to shut down controversial speakers in recent years by saddling them or the groups hosting them with exorbitant security...

Read More...
 
 
 

Survey Finds Majority of Students Favor Ban on ‘Hurtful or Offensive’ Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00pm 1/31/2019 at 4:00pm

We need a new pro-free speech movement in America. This is not going to get any better until we do.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Majority of students favor college bans of ‘hurtful or offensive’ speech

Colleges and universities should be able to curtail hurtful and offensive political views on campus, accord...

Read More...
 
 
 

Federal Court upholds constitutionality of Arkansas anti-BDS law

https://www.facebook.com/IthacaFoodJustice/photos/a.1612520405635944.1073741825.1612519568969361/1645060669048584/?type=1&theater
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9:35pm 1/23/2019 at 9:35pm
https://www.facebook.com/IthacaFoodJustice/photos/a.1612520405635944.1073741825.1612519568969361/1645060669048584/?type=1&theater

The U.S. has had a federal anti-Boycott law on the books since the 1970s, to counter the Arab League Boycott of Israel.

There is under consideration in Congress, and many states have passed, laws to modernize the anti-Boycott laws to take into account the new form of the boycott, the so-called Boycott,...

Read More...
 
 
 

Free Speech Advocacy Group Launches Lawsuit Against University of Texas

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:30pm 1/20/2019 at 1:30pm

The argument here is that the school spends more time policing speech than protecting it. Sounds like the majority of American schools, sadly.

National Review reports:

Lawsuit Aims to End the Chill...

Read More...
 
 
 

A Legal Battle is Unfolding Over Pronouns at a University in Ohio

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00am 1/18/2019 at 10:00am

Is this what you expected the 21st century to be like? Legal battles in academia over pronoun usage?

Campus Reform reports:

Ohio univ: Gender pronoun usage is not free speech

A public university in Ohio is requesting that a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit filed by a professor who was disciplined for calling a...

Read More...
 
 
 

Chicago State University Agrees to Pay $650K Settlement in Free Speech Case

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12:00pm 1/9/2019 at 12:00pm

The case stems from a faculty run blog which was critical of the previous administration. Then FIRE got involved and delivered another victory for free speech.

The FIRE blog reports</...

Read More...
 
 
 

Young Americans for Liberty Scores Major Free Speech Wins Across the Country

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8:00am 1/2/2019 at 8:00am

Congrats to these young people. This just goes to show there are still college students who appreciate freedom.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Young Americans for Liberty scores 50 pro-free speech policy changes on campuses across the country

Young Americans for Liberty, a national student group committed to the ideas of liberty, has hit an...

Read More...
 
 
 

Young America’s Foundation Launches Lawsuit Against U. Florida

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 8:00am 12/27/2018 at 8:00am

After a speech given by Dinesh D’Souza, YAF alleges that the school took steps to make it harder to bring conservative speakers to campus.

Townhall reports:

Censoring Conservatives: Young America’s Foundation Sues University of Florida

Young America’s Foundation has issued a lawsuit against the University of Florida for violating students’ constitutionally protected rights.

The lawsuit...

Read More...
 
 
 

Washington State Legislators Criticize Gonzaga U. for Refusing to Let Ben Shapiro Speak

https://youtu.be/pqiAx5QNWR0
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:00am 12/26/2018 at 8:00am
https://youtu.be/pqiAx5QNWR0

What are these administrators so afraid of? How does it hurt the school to let Shapiro speak?

The Washington Examiner reports:

Twenty Washington state legislators denounce Gonzaga’s refusal to let Ben Shapiro speak

Gonzaga University has drawn the ire of 20 Washington state legislators in the form of a jointly signed letter for the...

Read More...
 
 
 

Pierce College Changes Policy, Will Now Allow Students to Pass Out Constitutions

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00am 12/20/2018 at 8:00am

It took two years and a lawsuit to get this done, but better late than never.

The Washington Times reports:

College settles free speech lawsuit, will allow students to hand out U.S. Constitutions

Students at Pierce College will be able to pass out copies of the U.S. Constitution without conditions after two years of...

Read More...
 
 
 

Free Speech Advocacy Group Files Lawsuit Against University of Texas

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 8:00am 12/18/2018 at 8:00am

Speech First is an organization like FIRE, in that they combat abuses of free speech rights on college campuses. Now they have set their sights on the University of Texas.

From their website:

Speech First Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Four University of Texas Policies That Chill Student Speech

Speech First, a nonprofit membership association...

Read More...
 
 
 

‘Network of Concerned Academics’ Believes ‘Right Wing’ is Threat to Education

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:00am 12/17/2018 at 10:00am

This group apparently believes the free speech crisis on college campuses has been manufactured by conservatives.

The College Fix reports:

New ‘Network of Concerned Academics’ rallies against the ‘right-wing’

A coalition of higher education administrators, faculty, staff...

Read More...
 
 
 

Survey: 90% of Universities Restrict Free Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12:00pm 12/12/2018 at 12:00pm

A survey from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that nine out of ten universities in America restrict free speech. From The College Fix:

“FIRE encourages colleges and universities to revise all policies that regulate expression so that they only ban expression that is not protected by the First Amendment,...

Read More...
 
 
 

U. Montana Western Speech Code Forbids ‘Mean and Nasty’ Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8:00am 12/6/2018 at 8:00am

When you place these types of restrictions on speech, someone has to be in charge of deciding what qualifies as mean or nasty.

Ashe Schow reports at the Daily Wire:

University Speech Code Bans ‘Mean’ Speech

We’ve moved on from using the term “hate speech” to describe wide swaths of speech we don’t like...

Read More...
 
 
 

Students Suspended From Participating in Frat for One Year Over Offensive Halloween Costumes

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 12:00pm 12/5/2018 at 12:00pm

This happened at Bowling Green State. The story below notes that this is basically a violation of free speech.

Campus Reform reports:

University suspends fraternity members over constitutionally protected speech

Bowling Green State University suspended nine students from participating in a fraternity for one year following a Halloween costume incident.

The nine Pi Kappa Alpha...

Read More...
 
 
 

Young America’s Foundation Scores Major Free Speech Win Over UC Berkeley

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:00am 12/4/2018 at 10:00am

Not only is the school paying a cash settlement to YAF, the heckler’s veto at Berkeley is basically over. This is big.

From the YAF blog:

YAF Wins Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, UC Berkeley To Pay $70,000 And Rescind Unconstitutional Policies

Following more than a year of hard-fought litigation in the hostile Ninth Circuit,...

Read More...