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Federal Government Mandates Unconstitutional Speech Codes At Colleges And Universities Nationwide

"WASHINGTON, May 10, 2013—In a shocking affront to the United States Constitution, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have joined together to mandate that virtually every college and university in the United States establish unconstitutional speech codes that violate the First Amendment and decades of legal precedent.

"I am appalled by this attack on free speech on campus from our own government," said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which has been leading the fight against unconstitutional speech codes on America's college campuses since its founding in 1999. "In 2011, the Department of Education took a hatchet to due process protections for students accused of sexual misconduct. Now the Department of Education has enlisted the help of the Department of Justice to mandate campus speech codes so broad that virtually every student will regularly violate them. The DOE and DOJ are ignoring decades of legal decisions, the Constitution, and common sense, and it is time for colleges and the public to push back."

In a letter sent yesterday to the University of Montana that explicitly states that it is intended as "a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country," the Departments of Justice and Education have mandated a breathtakingly broad definition of sexual harassment that makes virtually every student in the United States a harasser while ignoring the First Amendment. The mandate applies to every college receiving federal funding—virtually every American institution of higher education nationwide, public or private."

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Why is it that we send our money up there and they send it back

with strings attached?

"The mandate applies to every college receiving federal funding—virtually every American institution of higher education nationwide, public or private."

Seems Thomas Paine understood this well:
http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/singlehtml.htm
"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer"

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No kidding...

Colleges and universities have "free speech zones." K-12 have "gun free zones." What's next?

I stopped making donations to my alma mater

after they adopted a restrictive speech code (rated as red by FIRE.)

It doesn't keep them from hitting me up for money, although that does give me a chance to explain to the fundraisers why I will not be making a contribution.