Author: Jake Goldberg

University of Rochester v. Freedom of Association

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...

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Tennessee Moves to Protect Free Speech

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...

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Crime Spikes in Germany

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...

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Wisconsin Free Speech Controversy

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...

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Gorsuch’s First Ruling: the Arkansas Execution

Last week, Justice Gorsuch cast his first decisive vote on the Supreme Court. He voted to allow Arkansas to move forward with the execution of one Ledell Lee and several other death row inmates. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Lee “is the first inmate Arkansas has executed since 2005.” The ruling has been criticized by many on the left. So what exactly happened? Facts of the Case In 1993, the State of Arkansas convicted Ledell Lee of the gruesome murder of Debra Reese. Lee was accused of robbing and strangling Reese, and ultimately killing her with a tire iron. Arkansas sentenced Lee...

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