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Volume 16 No. 8 • September 2013


Free Speech Update

U.S. Dept. of Justice and Dept. of Education Mandate Unconstitutional Speech Codes at Virtually All Colleges and Universities

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) (www.thefire.org) has sent out a press release warning that on May 10, 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Education joined by the U.S. Dept. of Justice have mandated a speech code concerning “sexual harassment” that is so broad in its scope that virtually every student would be in violation of its provisions. The mandate will apply to any college or university that receives federal funding or where even one student receives a federal scholarship or loan, thereby including nearly all such institutions.

Continuing on a trend of ignoring Constitutional prohibitions on government actions, the new speech codes will now mandate punishment for such student actions as (these are just examples):

1. Any expression related to sexual topics that offends any person.

2. Any sexually themed joke overheard by any person who finds that joke offensive for any reason.

3. Any request for dates or any flirtation that is not welcomed by the recipient of such a request or flirtation.

Lest anyone misunderstand, the Executive Branch of the federal government is running totally amuck by making laws on what you can say (in violation of Article I Section 1 which grants all lawmaking powers to Congress) as well as ignoring the First Amendment’s prohibition (“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …”) denying the federal government’s legislative body the authority to limit free speech.

We can hardly wait for the backlash to come, both from the Courts and from the general public. The media, in the meantime, may find themselves stuck in the trap of their own political correctness. Attempting to extricate themselves from the authoritarians at the Obama White House should make for an amusing spectacle.

For more on the incredible details, see FIRE and The Volokh Conspiracy (posted 13 May 2013):

http://thefire.org/case/925

http://thefire.org/article/15767.html

http://thefire.org/article/15835.html

http://thefire.org/article/16050.html

We donate to FIRE and encourage you to do so, too.

https://secure.commonground.convio.com/FIRE/generaldonationform/

http://www.volokh.com/2013/05/13/the-administration-says-universities-must-implement-broad-speech-codes-2/

See also:

http://www.openmarket.org/2013/05/10/federal-title-ix-enforcers-effectively-define-dating-and-sex-education-as-sexual-harassment/

And finally for something beautiful that touched our hearts:

http://www.volokh.com/2013/05/13/space-oddity/

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