Earlier this month, the University of Rochester’s Students’ Association Government (SA) took actions to directly threaten students’ ability to freely associate. The SA labeled single-gendered groups and co-ed organizations which use “gendered language” as “discriminatory” and in violation of the SA constitution. Rochester’s Ruling This entire controversy began back in January. As reported on by the University of Rochester’s Campus Times, “activists alleged at the [SA] Senate meeting [on January 30th] that 55 groups—mostly Greek life organizations, along with a cappella troupes and sports teams—are violating the SA Constitution’s policy on gender and sex discrimination and asked the Senate to review and sanction...Read More
Kim Kardashian is possibly the most recognizable celebrity in the world, more famous than any president or statesman. And yet, we’re not quite sure why she’s so famous. It could be because of Kanye, or maybe her unique anatomy that somehow landed her a reality TV show. Ultimately, however, that stuff doesn’t really matter. What matters is that a lot of people across the world recognize her, and when she speaks, people listen. More to the point, she has an incredible ability to advertise products and messages that reach millions. Just look at her latest tweets this week (#KIMOJI). She is incredibly good...Read More
On May 9, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill titled the “Campus Free Speech Protection Act.” The Tennessee Senate passed this comprehensive free speech bill unanimously, and it received overwhelming support in the Tennessee House of Representatives as well. Specifically, Sen. Doug Overbey and Rep. Eddie Smith led the effort to pass this legislation. Robert Shibley, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE) Executive Director, stated that this free speech bill “is the most comprehensive state legislation protecting free speech on college campuses that [FIRE has] seen be passed anywhere in the country.” What does Tennessee’s Free Speech Bill Do? Among the eight page bill’s...Read More
Late last month, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière released the Federal Criminal Police Office’s Police Crime Statistics for 2016. In 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed over 1 million refugees into Germany. This report comes on the heels of that decision, and raises serious questions about the wisdom of Merkel’s decision. It goes without saying that not all refugees are criminals. Such a conclusion would be nonsensical. However, the report’s findings are still noteworthy, especially because a “significant portion of Germans” outwardly oppose Merkel’s immigration policies. Germany’s Crime Report As reported by Soeren Kern, “the number of non-German crime suspects (nichtdeutsche Tatverdächtige) legally residing in...Read More
Republicans in Wisconsin are attempting to pass a new free speech bill called the Campus Free Speech Act. However, many in the state view the bill as highly controversial. The Bill requires the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to adopt a policy that contains the following seven provisions: 1) that the primary function of an institution is the discovery, improvement, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge; 2) that it is not the proper role of an institution to shield individuals from speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; 3) that students and faculty...Read More
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