Florida Bans “Free Speech Zones”

Yesterday, I posted an article about Harvard University’s new policy that suppresses the freedom of association. Harvard had previously adopted practices suppressing freedom of speech, so their campaign against the Constitutional rights of its students is expanding.

Tonight, I’m happy to share that Florida has joined the ranks of nine other states (of which Tennessee, I’m proud to say, is one) banning the reprehensible practice of setting up “free speech zones” on college campuses in the state.

I first heard of “free speech zones” when reading an article about the motorcade of then President George W. Bush passing through a town. Someone, I’m not sure if it was the feds, the secret service, or the city elders, decided that they would enforce a “free speech zone” for those who wanted to protest Bush’s visit to the city. I was appalled! I had never heard of such a thing as a “free speech zone,” and it seemed inherently unconstitutional. Why, I wondered, if all the other people were free to express their support for Bush, were those who opposed his policies relegated to a “free speech zone”?

The practice has since spread to many other venues, including many college campuses. Currently, nine states ban them on public colleges and universities: Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. And now, of course, Florida.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has introduced a federal Free Right to Expression in Education Act that would ban such “free speech zones” on public colleges and universities. You may want to contact your senators and representative to encourage their support for Hatch’s Act.

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.



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