College Speech Codes

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    So, a college professor gives his students an assignment to present a ‘persuasive speech.’

    The guy, Jonathan Lopez, speaks about how his Christian faith has informed his views against same sex marriage, and reads the definition of marriage from the dictionary.

    The prof has a meltdown, supposedly halts the speech and calls the student a ‘fascist bastard.’ He pops the top on a can of the colleges’ ‘anti-harassment policy’ and ‘causing an offensive environment,’ and threatens the student with expulsion.

    Two other students in the class tell how they were offended, as well, by the speech.

    And when the student asks for a grade, Professor John Matteson, Speech 101, scrawled. “Ask God what your grade is.”

    So, Mr. Lopez sued.

    “In July 2009, United States District Judge George H. King granted Lopez a preliminary injunction barring LACCD from enforcing its sexual harassment policy, declaring that the policy violated the First Amendment rights of Lopez and his fellow students by "prohibit[ing] a substantial amount of protected free speech." In September 2009, Judge King denied LACCD's motion for reconsideration of his earlier ruling. Judge King observed that LACCD "ha[d] shown no valid reason" to overturn the injunction, and he characterized LACCD's arguments as "scattershot and disjointed." LACCD then appealed to the Ninth Circuit.” FIRE Urges Ninth Circuit To Defend First Amendment on Campus in ‘Ask God What Your Grade Is’ Lawsuit - FIRE

    So how do you think the Ninth Circuit decided the case?

    No fair ‘googling.’
     
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    Ninth Circuit you say? No Googling you say?

    Hmmm...

    I'd guess they ruled in favor of LACCD. Of course, the Ninth has surprised me from time to time and actually done the right thing.
     
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    I'll just tell you that I was surprised...but Goodwin Liu didn't get there yet.
     
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    I think the court found in favor of Lopez.

    I mean, it wasn't as if he wore a sheet and burnt a cross in front of the LACCD Language Arts Building.
     
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    The court, in my opinion, should uphold Lopez. Such utterances in that environment is protected speech. Lopez should also file a grievance against the instructor with the college's ethics panel.
     
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    Since it surprises PoliticalChic then there is no doubt that they supported Lopez. Which is as things should be.
     
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    You are one clever devil!
     
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    :evil: I try :evil:
     
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    College SHOULD be a place of free expression, as free as possible. I think that the policies that hinder free speech should be recinded.
     
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    I really believe if he was a Muslim and stated that his religion believed in one man and one woman then the professor would have thought that was being diverse but since it was christian then it had to punished.
     

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