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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Freedom Forum's McMasters Points to Campus Threats to First Amendment, Free Speech

Freedom Forum columnist Paul McMasters' latest effort focuses on threats to freedom of speech in an unlikely place - the college and unversity campuses of America that are supposed to be bastions of the First Amendment. Unfortunately, free speech is an illusion in far too many corners of academia, according to McMasters:

"Take for instance the nation’s college campuses, where robust speech and inquiry supposedly claim sanctuary. Nevertheless, students — and faculty — are frequently punished for mistakenly thinking the First Amendment means what it says. The penalties can be swift and harsh.
"In a recent column, Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education catalogued just a few recent punishments at some of our finer institutions of higher learning, which have evicted students from campus housing, suspended them from classes, sentenced them to mandatory psychological counseling, threatened them with expulsion and charged them with crimes ranging from harassment to disorderly conduct — all for engaging in expression that someone found objectionable."

You can read Paul's whole column here.