Fresno State prof to pay $17K, undergo free speech training after censoring students’ pro-life expression
A Fresno State University professor will pay $17,000 and undergo First Amendment training by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys as part of a legal settlement after he instructed students from his class to join him in defacing and erasing a pro-life student group’s sidewalk chalk messages. On Friday, a federal court issued an order, agreed to by all parties, in the lawsuit that Fresno State Students for Life filed in May over the professor’s actions. The order prohibits the professor from interfering with the group’s expression.
Michigan college lifts speech ban used to muzzle T-Rex-clad student
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have secured an agreement from officials at Macomb Community College to drop unconstitutional restrictions that banned students from engaging in expressive activity on campus unless they were granted a permit from the dean or vice president. In practice, even approved speech was limited to a small zone comprising less than .001 percent of the college’s metro Detroit campus.
Boise State dean acknowledges that conservative professor didn’t violate any policy
A college campus should never be an echo chamber in which only one set of ideas can be heard. Academic freedom is ultimately connected with a diversity of viewpoints on campuses.
What Westboro baptist defectors can teach us all about free speech
A prevailing view on today’s college campuses is that administrators must protect students from speech that any may deem offensive or intolerant. But they often apply this protective motive not only to Westboro’s repulsive beliefs, but also to the mainstream viewpoints of millions of Americans that just aren’t popular in the ivory towers of many public universities. Many university officials answer that people who espouse views they lump together as “unpopular” should all be prohibited from even setting foot on campus.
Boise State clears professor under fire for criticizing ‘radical feminists’: no policy violations
The Alliance Defending Freedom, whose Center for Academic Freedom is representing Yenor, said Friday morning that Cook had privately acknowledged that Yenor “has not violated any university policy” despite the outrage his writing has drawn.
Pro-family student club at Georgetown retains recognized status
“A student organization at a Catholic university clearly should be able to hold to Christian views on marriage or any other issue without having its recognized status threatened.”
AZ Central: Are Americans on the brink of killing free speech?
Government allowing people to speak their minds is a recent development. For pretty much all of human history, the common folk only could say what their king, queen or petty despot allowed them to say.
That finally changed 241 years ago as the upstart American republic said that anything goes.
Campus Reform: UCLA caves, agrees to pay for security at Shapiro event
CATO Institute: The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America
Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have; Most Have Views They’re Afraid to Share