Skip to comments.Va. college ‘free speech zones’ latest to fall
Posted on 04/12/2014 11:08:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college free speech zones is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus.
The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the case on hold until May 2 while a new policy and settlement details are negotiated.
Judicial history and recent legislative developments suggested Parks had a good chance of prevailing. Over the last dozen years, several similar policies establishing restrictive speech zones at public colleges have been invalidated by courts or changed by officials to settle lawsuits alleging violation of students First Amendment rights. And on April 4, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation limiting public colleges restraint on student expression.
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Thomas Nelson is a little known patriot politician.
VA Governor Thomas Jefferson in 1781 was emotionally and philosophically unable to lead VA in the face of an advancing British Army. The legislature appointed planter Thomas Nelson as military dictator in all but name to utilize the available public and private resources of VA to combat Cornwallis.
Thanks for that bit of history.
FTR, nobody should get him mixed up with his namesake at Thomas Nelson Publishing (originally a Scottish company), famed for printing the King James version of the Bible and other versions (most notably the American Standard Version).
Thanks. I did not mean to hijack your thread. It just happened. So little is commonly known of him.
No, it’s related, especially since the namesake community college is central to the story. Despicable when the left drags the man’s name through the mud through what they do at said institution.
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