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Free Speech Advocacy Group Files Lawsuit Against University of Texas

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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...

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

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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...

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Survey: 90% of Universities Restrict Free Speech

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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,...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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,...

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Williams College Students Demand Freedom From Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:00am 11/29/2018 at 10:00am

Williams is considering adopting a pro-free speech policy and some members of the student body are very unhappy about it.

Greg Lukianoff of the FIRE writes at Ricochet:

Students at Williams College Demand Freedom from Speech

Students at Williams College in Massachusetts are angry. According to a petition (PDF) signed by hundreds of students,...

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Laura Loomer kicked off Twitter for criticizing Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:00pm 11/23/2018 at 7:00pm

The Twitter purge continues, but only of certain people.

If you are an Islamist anti-Semite like Louis Farrakhan, Linda Sarsour, or Congresswoman-elect Ihlan Omar, you are safe. If you are the military wing of Hamas, you are safe. If you are an unhinged anti-Trump conspiracy theorist, you are safe.

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Court: NRA lawsuit against NY Gov Andrew Cuomo over “blacklist” can go forward

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:00am 11/21/2018 at 11:00am
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The NRA appears likely to get its day in Court against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration.

We covered the lawsuit and the NRA’s longstanding dispute with Cuomo in May 2018, NRA sues NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo for using financial regulator to “blacklist” NRA:

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Liberal Student Groups Angry at Cal State-Long Beach for Supporting First Amendment

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:00pm 11/5/2018 at 12:00pm

The administration defended an event featuring the conservative group Turning Point USA and apparently that’s a big problem.

The College Fix reports:

Student groups furious at Cal State-Long Beach for supporting First Amendment

A coalition of liberal student organizations has condemned California State-Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley and her administration for allowing an...

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Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager on Dealing With the Left: Don’t Apologize

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 11:30am 11/4/2018 at 11:30am
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Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager have been making rounds in media, promoting their film project “No Safe Spaces” which focuses on free speech and social justice warrior culture on college campuses.

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Sarah Lawrence Prof pens Op-Ed about lack of intellectual diversity, social justice warriors want him driven off campus

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00am 11/3/2018 at 10:00am
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Professor Samuel Abrams is a conservative-leaning tenured professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. He is active in Heterodox Academy, a group of almost 2000 academics devoted to intellectual diversity on campus.

Prof. Abrams recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about the lack of ideological diversity among administrators at...

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Survey Finds Students Afraid to Disagree on Politics With Increasingly Vocal Profs

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:00am 10/30/2018 at 7:00am
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American college professors are becoming increasingly open about their politics in the classroom, even in unrelated subjects. A new survey has found that in response, students are much less comfortable sharing their views on politics, especially if they disagree. It also affects differences between students.

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Reminder: Campus Free Speech Means Also Hearing Ideas You Don’t Like

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 29, 2018 at 12:00pm 10/29/2018 at 12:00pm

This is such a basic aspect of free speech yet it’s forgotten so often.

Sergio Hruszko writes at the Washington Examiner:

Free Speech Week isn’t just for you and me, it’s also for people and ideas we don’t like

As the country celebrates Free Speech Week, I’m left wondering: Will students on college campuses...

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European Court of Human Rights: Criticism of Islam not protected free speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:30pm 10/27/2018 at 2:30pm
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In 2009, an Austrian woman conducting a seminar on Islam argued that Muhammad’s marriage to a six year old girl meant he was a pedophile. She was convicted for this by an Austrian court, and now the European Court of Human Rights agrees.

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Coalition of left-wing activist groups calls on big tech to censor online speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:00pm 10/25/2018 at 6:00pm

While you were focused on the midterm elections, the Kavanaugh hearings, and other media firestorms, a coalition of left-wing activist groups, including some that actively attack conservatives, has moved forward with efforts to get big tech companies to censor online speech.

The problem of big tech companies acting as speech gatekeepers has...

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South Dakota Lawmakers Mount Campus Free Speech Campaign

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:00am 10/22/2018 at 10:00am

The GOP should take this up as a national campaign and distinguish themselves as the free speech party.

Campus Reform reports:

EXCLUSIVE: SD lawmakers mount free speech pressure campaign

South Dakota lawmakers in recent months have pressured the state’s Board of Regents (BOR) to implement policies geared toward fostering free expression on college campuses.

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