Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

Ohio student wins free-speech victory on college campus

Posted by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM
  • 40 Replies


A student at an Ohio community college has won a small victory for free-speech rights. 

Columbus State Community College student Spencer Anderson was required to get permission in advance to stay in a small "speech zone" area when distributing pro-life flyers.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney David Hacker says those requirements are unconstitutional. After ADF sued on behalf of Anderson, the attorney reports all parties reached a "fantastic settlement" that rewrote the college's policy.

Lifenews.com reported last August that Anderson, a Christian, was passing out pro-life flyers advertising a new student group. He was required to get a permit 48 hours in advance and to remain in the "speech zone."

Hacker says this is an all-too-common problem on the majority of college campuses across the nation.

Hacker, David (ADF)"Colleges all over the country have very restrictive speech policies," he advises, adding that approximately 65 percent of public colleges and universities have some sort of policy that violates students' free speech on campus.

"In this case," says Hacker, "free speech shouldn't be limited to a tiny area of campus nor should students really need permission to hand out flyers."

source
by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Good.
TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM
2 moms liked this

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM
1 mom liked this
Remember when Bush had free speech zones? Good times.
12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM
1 mom liked this



Quoting TranquilMind:

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 


My first thought was if the offensive halloween costume campaign was restricted to the "speech zone".

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

 The policy was the same for liberal and conservative groups

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 

 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

 Explain to me what liberal cause is stifled?  They are all celebrated and welcomed campus wide.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The policy was the same for liberal and conservative groups

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 

 

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

 Name the liberal groups that are celebrated campus wide

This is the rule for all groups, not just his

. required to get a permit 48 hours in advance and to remain in the "speech zone."

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Explain to me what liberal cause is stifled?  They are all celebrated and welcomed campus wide.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The policy was the same for liberal and conservative groups

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 

 

 

 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM
1 mom liked this

 BS.  One of my kids is on a campus now, in a so-called "conservative" state.

Anything liberal is considered standard.  Anything related to gay issues is welcome and celebrated campus wide.  Anything related to "women's right to choose (abortion)" is celebrated and considered the standard point of view.   The kids know you have to write your papers spouting the liberal drivel the teacher espouses if you want to get the good grade, regardless of your actual politics.

Where have you been?

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 All groups have the same process, they could have rejected him but they did not

 Spencer Anderson is challenging Columbus State Community College’s limits on free speech. According to a lawsuit filed last week, the College has two small “speech zones” that students can obtain a permit to speak in, provided the permit is obtained 48 hours in advance. Students are then assigned to one of the zones and must stay in that zone. The two areas make up less than 1% of the Columbus campus. Additionally, the college has complete discretion to decide who can receive a permit and who cannot, giving it the power to stop certain topics from being discussed.

Anderson started a pro-life student group and wished to tell others about it. According to the complaint:

Mr. Anderson believes that a human fetus is a living person made in the image of God. Thus, he believes that abortion is tantamount to murder, morally wrong, against the commands of scripture, and an affront to God.  Mr. Anderson also believes that induced abortion is the deliberate destruction of innocent human life.

Anderson was given permission to use one of the free speech areas, but not the one he had requested. Instead, he was told to use the one with “low foot traffic.” Anderson also participated in a pro-life display on the campus and was forced to follow similar restrictions. Incidentally, this Solicitation Policy has not been enforced against students distributing flyers in support of PETA.

By taking away Anderson’s right to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, the college is violating his constitutional rights.

David Hacker, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom and one of the attorneys for Anderson, believes that college should be a place for encouraging ideas, not restricting them:

Free speech should not be censored or limited to a ridiculously small area on campus, nor should students need permission to hand out fliers. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students in the outdoor areas of campus, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.

A similar case with Louisiana State University ended this year when the school revised its policies.

For those who have questions on religious liberty in the public school setting, Alliance Defending Freedom has a Speak Up website with answers and more information.

Heidi Miller is an attorney, specializing in litigation. She enjoys international travel, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and turning everyday life into an adventure!

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Explain to me what liberal cause is stifled?  They are all celebrated and welcomed campus wide.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The policy was the same for liberal and conservative groups

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Universities are the most restrictive places in the country, except maybe the airport.  It's truly ridiculous today.  Only liberal views are permitted.  All else are stifled or highly restricted, because the liberal viewpoint cannot tolerate diversity (ironically). 

 

 

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM
2 moms liked this

 More made up anecdotal BS

in the case we are discussing, all groups were subject to the SAME rules, he could have been REJECTED but he was NOT.

Please provide a clear example of this college celebrating liberal groups and banning conservative groups

Quoting TranquilMind:

 BS.  One of my kids is on a campus now, in a so-called "conservative" state.

Anything liberal is considered standard.  Anything related to gay issues is welcome and celebrated campus wide.  Anything related to "women's right to choose (abortion)" is celebrated and considered the standard point of view.   The kids know you have to write your papers spouting the liberal drivel the teacher espouses if you want to get the good grade, regardless of your actual politics.

Where have you been?

 

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN