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Monday, June 23, 2008

With liberty and justice...

To quote F.I.R.E.

"As the Court ruled: "The Supreme Court has held time and again, both within and outside the school context, that the mere fact that someone might take offense at the content of speech is not sufficient justification for prohibiting it."

Administrators at public universities no longer may claim that they have the power to ban "offensive" speech on the grounds that it somehow interferes with the rights or opportunities of other students. One has a right to equal opportunity in our society, but one does not have a right to live without being offended, particularly on a campus of higher education where the exchange of ideas is of primary importance. If the banning of "offense" were applied equally to all, we would be a community of silence. A free society does not exchange liberty for other social values."


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