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Wednesday, November 01, 2023

More on campus speech

First, Neil Buchanan offers a different take on the limited options (beyond moral suasion) available to universities.

Second, the ACLU joined FIRE in criticizing the ADL's calls for universities to shut down SJP. The letter references the chilling effect from "ideologically motivated efforts to police speech" during the McCarthy Era. The ADL did not take the comparison well--'We are not talking about so-called ideological differences; we are talking about actual threats of violence directed towards Jewish students. Frankly, we would rather the see the ACLU spend its time defending the rights of Jewish students to attend school safely and free from the threat of violence.”' Of course, we are not taking about "actual threats of violence," as the First Amendment understands that concept. And the refusal to recognize that explains the university's bind.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 1, 2023 at 06:04 PM in First Amendment, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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