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  • UConn student caught saying racial slur on video expected to appear in court

    12/19/2019 6:16:41 AM PST · by Bell Bouy II · 38 replies ^ | 12/19/19 |
    WTNH) — One of the UConn students charged with saying a racial slur outside campus housing will be in court on Thursday. RELATED: College student seeks to have racist slur charge erased 21-year-old Ryan Mucaj is expected to enter a plea. Mucaj and 21-year-old Jarred Karal were arrested after that video surfaced of them yelled that slur. They’re both charged with racial ridicule for the October incident. The pair could face up to 30 days in prison.
  • DOJ: ‘College Campuses Should Not Be Mini Police States’

    12/11/2019 9:50:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | December 11, 2019 | Lindsey Marie
    The Department of Justice sided with college students reprimanded for promoting free speech by slamming Jones County Junior College’s “Orwellian,” “draconian,” and “unconstitutional” treatment of them in a Statement of Interest filed on Monday. The DOJ made explicitly clear that public colleges cannot “trample” on their students’ First Amendment rights. In a news release from the DOJ announcing the Statement of Interest filing, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division clearly stated, “Repressive speech codes are the indecent hallmark of despotic, totalitarian regimes. They have absolutely no place in our country, and the First Amendment outlaws all...
  • Longer than Bible: Facebook's 1,400 pages on banned speech

    04/30/2019 9:24:00 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 20 replies
    World Net Dailey ^ | 4/29/2019 | Staff
    Over the past 10 years, Facebook’s guidelines on what content should be banned has grown from one page to 1,400, which is more pages than many Bibles. Laurence Dodds of the Telegraph newspaper of London went inside the room where the social-media giant decides what its 2.3 billion users can and cannot see, the Media Research Center noted in a blog post. The book is only for the internal use of some 15,000 content moderators. Dodd said the Content Standards Forum — comprised of representatives from Facebook’s policy, research, software design and content moderation teams — meets every two weeks...
  • College President Argues Against Free Speech on Campus

    04/08/2019 9:34:36 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/8/2019 | Alana Mastrangelo
    Union College president David R. Harris penned an op-ed, entitled, “A Campus Is Not the Place for Free Speech,” in which he argues that it is the role of colleges and universities to filter the conversations on campuses to provide “constructive engagement.”
  • Students’ Speech Chilled at the University of Texas

    01/18/2019 6:27:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 18, 2019 | Nicole Neily
    Written in 1903, the University of Texas fight song’s opening lyrics are “The Eyes of Texas are upon you/All the livelong day.” Unfortunately, for many on campus, the sentiments expressed are more than just a catchy tune—it’s a frightening reality. Thanks to four policies that the school maintains—a verbal harassment ban, an Acceptable Use Policy governing internet & digital use, a Residence Hall Manual, and a “Campus Climate Response Team”—the eyes of the University of Texas really are on students, keeping tabs on their speech all the time, everywhere. First: UT’s ban on “verbal harassment.” Contained in the school’s Institutional...
  • Calling Mohammed a Pedophile Not Covered by Free Speech, European Court Rules

    10/26/2018 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 26, 2018 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Europe’s top human rights court has ruled that comments about Mohammed having pedophilic tendencies are not covered by the right to freedom of expression, agreeing with the assessment of courts in Austria that the remarks constituted “an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam which could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace.” A seven-judge European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) panel in Strasbourg concluded that the Austrian courts had “carefully balanced the applicant’s right to freedom of expression with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have religious peace preserved in Austrian...
  • A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women 'sluts' anymore

    07/18/2018 8:05:10 PM PDT · by logician2u · 34 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | July 18, 2018 | Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie and Nathan McDermott
    A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called "sluts." CNN's KFile reviewed several months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis on the "Jason Lewis Show," a syndicated radio program Lewis hosted from 2009 until 2014 with the tagline "America's Mr. Right." In one instance, while arguing that "young single women" vote based on coverage of birth control pills, Lewis said those women were not human beings and were without brains. Lewis, who was narrowly elected to represent Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016,...
  • WaPo Article Calls For Amendment To ‘Ban The Incitement Of Bigotry’

    10/28/2017 5:00:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/27/17 | Justin Caruso
    The Washington Post published an article Thursday that called for a constitutional amendment to ban inequality and racist speech. As part of the publication’s series published Thursday called, “Fix this democracy—now, 38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life,” the Post featured author Ibram X. Kendi’s proposal for “A Constitutional Amendment On Equality.” Kendi writes that the United States needs, “an Anti-Bigotry Amendment that would constitutionalize a critical principle: Group inequity is evidence of discrimination.” “The amendment would make group inequity illegal and ban the incitement of bigotry, as the incitement of anti-Semitism is banned in Germany. Claims that...
  • Dalhousie withdraws disciplinary action against Masuma Khan over 'white fragility' Facebook post

    10/25/2017 7:43:24 PM PDT · by jerod · 8 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Oct 25, 2017 3:05 PM AT | By Anjuli Patil
    Official says incident shows need for open talks about policies to support freedom of expression Dalhousie University is withdrawing disciplinary action against a student over a post she made to Facebook in the summer about Canada 150 celebrations. A complaint was made against student union vice-president Masuma Khan, who posted "white fragility can kiss my ass. Your white tears aren't sacred, this land is." Over the summer, the student union voted 'not' to participate in Canada 150 celebrations. When the motion passed, Khan faced a backlash. That's when she posted her comments on Facebook. The university received a complaint about...
  • California Can Now Jail People For Misusing Gender Pronouns

    10/07/2017 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 84 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    California can now start jailing people that refuse to use the preferred gender pronouns of nursing home residents after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Thursday. The law’s effect is limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but mandates that those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. Known as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents...
  • California Can Now Jail People For Misusing Gender Pronouns

    10/06/2017 12:25:37 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10.6.17 | Anders Hogstrom
    California can now start jailing people that refuse to use the preferred gender pronouns of nursing home residents after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Thursday.
  • 5th-grade teacher: 'My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix)'

    09/22/2017 11:12:39 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 57 replies
    WND ^ | 09/21/2017 | Bob Unruh
    Parents warned of elementary educators' 'brazen' indoctrination plan! The influential Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., is warning parents of “brazen” indoctrination plans being pursued by teachers, even in elementary schools. The latest instance, FRC explains, is in Florida, where a fifth-grade teacher sent home a note to parents mandating that students use only politically correct pronouns in class. “One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). Additionally, my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.'” The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported math and...
  • Poll: High Rates Of U.S. College Students Support Violence, Shouting To Stop Free Speech

    09/22/2017 8:41:10 AM PDT · by Mafe · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 22, 2017 | Joy Pullmann
    It’s not just crazy places like the University of California at Berkeley where surprisingly large numbers of U.S. college students believe that violence and shouting are acceptable methods to prevent people from saying things. Fifty-one percent of all U.S. college students believe shouting is an acceptable response to free speech, and one in five (19 percent) believe violence is an acceptable response, according to results from a national survey of 1,500 students in 49 states and DC. Fifty-three percent of survey respondents said colleges should “create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of...
  • Princeton’s campus newspaper disbands editorial board after string of right-leaning opinions

    09/21/2017 5:29:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jennifer Kabbany
    Leaders of the student newspaper at Princeton University have disbanded the publication’s independent editorial board, a move that comes after the group put forth a string of right-leaning opinions, including denouncing the women’s center for its radical feminist agenda and arguing in favor of due process.
  • In backlash against school officials, Minn. high school students protest with American flag display

    09/07/2017 12:58:20 PM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 29 replies
    St. Cloud Times via Fargo Forum ^ | 9/07/17 | Matt Perkins
    COLD SPRING, Minn. — There was drama on the first two days of school in the Rocori school district. On Tuesday, students at Rocori High School — about 20 miles southwest of St. Cloud — were greeted by a new policy prohibiting flags and banners from being displayed on vehicles in the school parking lot. The controversial rule was bucked by students Wednesday, Sept. 7, with numerous American flags defiantly hanging from trucks that lined the lot. By the afternoon, students and school officials had come to an agreement that allows for the respectful display of the American flag. Julie...
  • How The Republicans Beat Campus Censorship

    09/07/2017 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 7, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Back in January of 2016, I sent a letter to UNC-Wilmington President Jose Sartarelli, which was copied to all 16 members of the Board of Trustees. I later published the same letter on In my letter, which you can read here, I accused the university of having at least two policies that clearly violated the First Amendment. I then asked the administration to work with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to do an audit of our policies and then revise them towards the goal of attaining a coveted green light rating from FIRE. For those not...
  • UPDATE: High school teacher makes student remove Trump t-shirt, compares it to ‘Neo-Nazis’ (video)

    09/04/2017 8:09:03 AM PDT · by Signalman · 36 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 9/3/2017 | Sam J
    Cherokee County School District has released a statement about the t-shirt ‘incident’: Dear Parents, On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to provide you with more information about a story currently circulating in the media and on social media regarding an incident at one of our high schools. In this regard, a River Ridge High School math teacher on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class. Her actions were wrong, as the “Make America Great Again” shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School...
  • Mayor pressures UC-Berkeley to cancel ‘Free Speech Week’

    08/29/2017 8:20:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 29, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    Berkeley’s mayor is pressuring the town’s flagship university to cancel its upcoming “free speech week” just days after the school’s chancellor vowed to defend the First Amendment on campus. As Campus Reform previously reported, University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ welcomed students to campus last week with a forceful defense of free speech, vowing to “hold accountable” those who use violence to shut down speakers.
  • California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns

    08/27/2017 4:36:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 25, 2017 | Anders Hagstrom
    A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun. The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly...
  • Would-Be Tyrants Capture Language to Control Thought

    08/11/2017 12:30:44 PM PDT · by TBP · 25 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | Friday, August 11, 2017 | Richard M. Ebeling
    Today's counter-revolution against liberty is being fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is on college and university campuses across the country, where the ideology of "political correctness" is strangling freedom of speech and smothering intellectual controversy and debate. Critical to this campaign is the capture of language. It is through our language that we think about ourselves, our relationships to others, and the social order surrounding us. Words do not merely delineate objects, individuals, events or actions. Words also create mental imageries, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that color how people see themselves and the world around...