Tuesday, October 02, 2012

More campus censorship

Consistent with the left-wing political correctness that dominates most universities, this Prof. went over the line in censoring an anti-Obama comment.http://thefire.org/torch/#14940.  However, on the minority of campuses where the right dominates, there are also restrictions on free speech.  Anyone who thinks most liberals or most conservatives really support the First Amendment, will probably be mistaken.


  1. This beef occurred at one of our own sister institutions. The professor may have been correct in addressing an absence of civility shown by the vulgar language. Where he definitely went wrong was targeting all anti-Obama commentary. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 44: Thanks. In general, vulgar language and incivility are protected by the First Amendment. A jacket with "Fuck the Draft," was deemed protected in Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971). Of course, if the speaker or poster goes too far and the material becomes "fighting words," or "incitement to immediate illegal action" or some other form of unprotected speech, the protection is lost.
    If this took place at a public school or public school function, and was done by a student, they might be able to lawfully discipline the student. But for adults and universities, it is protected. Even those who lack class, respect for themselves or others, or discretion have First Amendment freedoms.