Skip to comments.ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution
Posted on 04/25/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor.
Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.
The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilos free speech zone, a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.
Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students free speech rights, making comments like, This isnt really the 60s anymore, and people cant really protest like that anymore, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
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These students should be armed with the fact that the courts have already ruled that these university restrictions are UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!
Stick the ruling in the face of the administrators and keep handing out the Constitution!!
> The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilos free speech zone, a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.
The socialists are power now so you can shut the f*ck up and sit down...
It is complex.
Every private entity can 100% control speech on its own property.
However if this is a State school (I know it is UH, but, for example, the University of California system is more private than public) different rules com into play (including suppression of free speech for the workers who can’t wear campaign buttons, etc.).
I think this is a righteous suit, but it isn’t a legal slam dunk.
>> These students should be armed with the fact that the courts have already ruled that these university restrictions are UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!<<
I would be interested to read those rulings...
How in the hell is a designated “free speech zone” promoting free speech. In other words you can say whatever you want as long as you’re locked in a closet.
i’m not a lawyer but first amendment rights means the government can’t make a law to shut you up.
so, that means if you are in a workplace or on a campus, whatever rules are put in place you have to follow, and to use a first amendment argument in that situation is a non sequitur.
What do you think the reasoning would be to prevent students from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution?
Let’s face the fact that the admin staff of most colleges (along with most of the lib arts facilty) really don’t deserve to 1) work for any university and 2) work for anything at all beyond ditch digging.
It would appear that universities (STEM depts excluded), the MSM,and politics are the the refuges of those with no talent and no ability to create value to society.
“The students are being represented by Davis Wright Tremaine, the law firm that recently helped a student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution win a $50,000 settlement against Modesto Junior College in California.”
State university, state law. It isn’t private property. Free Speech Zones are tyranny.
>>What do you think the reasoning would be to prevent students from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution?<<
You had me at the first 5 words :)
This isnt really the 60s anymore, and people cant really protest like that anymore,
Says the former 60s protester. Free speech for me but not for thee. This just goes to prove that the 60s movement was nothing about freedom and all about establishing a totalitarian regime with them in charge.
*What do you think the reasoning would be to prevent students from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution?*
Knowledge, especially of your RIGHTS, are a danger in the hands of a subject in a totalitarian dictatorship.
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