Free speech has long been attacked by the Left everywhere it could be, but particularly in college campuses, where one is forced to go to a specific “free speech zone” in order to be able to speak freely, which is a clear and obvious violation to people’s First Amendment rights of free speech. Georgia Gwinnett College is one such campus where students are not allowed to share their opinions outside of “free speech zones” so as to not “offend” people who disagree.
And in 2016, they forced a Christian student named Chike Uzuegbunam to adhere to such an unconstitutional campus policy and told him he needed to use a “free speech zone” to share his Christian faith on campus.
According to The Daily Caller, Uzuegbunam complied with orders to use a “free speech zone”, but even still, he was threatened with disciplinary action by campus police only minutes after speaking if he continued to speak in that “free speech zone.”
So not only was Gwinnett College violating the student’s 1A rights by restricting where he could theoretically speak his opinion, which is already bad enough, but they also did not even let him speak his mind whatsoever even in that “free speech zone” that is literally supposed to be used for that purpose.
Seeing as he was sharing his Christian faith, it’s entirely likely that the college is anti-Christian and hates the faith, so they would try to do whatever they could to stimy it and suppress it to the best of their abilities, even going outside the bounds of the law to do so (and even going outside the bounds of their own campus policy rules).
But, as this obviously reached the Supreme Court, the story did not end there. Uzuegbunam was supported by a number of people and institutions, including the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the American Humanist Association, Frederick Douglass Foundation, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and, surprisingly, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whom all filed amicus briefs in support of the student.
The case went through the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which actually sided against Uzuegbunam, claiming that the student “didn’t have standing to sue the college over its policy that severely restricted his speech,” according to The Daily Caller.
Yes, apparently, whenever a court doesn’t like it when people sue tyrants, they simply claim such people “don’t have standing to sue” and leave it at that.
However, Uzuegbunam’s lawyers took this case to the Supreme Court, where eight of the nine justices decided in favor of Uzuegbunam.
Justice Clarence Thomas issued the opinion of the court on this case, affirming the student’s (and all students’) right to share his Christian faith on campus, writing: “It is undisputed that Uzuegbunam experienced a completed violation of his constitutional rights when respondents enforced their speech policies against him.”
Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) said in a statement following this decision: “The Supreme Court has rightly affirmed that government officials should be held accountable for the injuries they cause. When public officials violate constitutional rights, it causes serious harm to the victims.”
Tyson Langhofer, director of ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom, told The Daily Caller News Foundation: “School officials violated [Uzuegbunam’s] constitutional rights when they stopped him twice from speaking in an open area of campus. The only permit students need to speak on campus is the First Amendment.”
I completely agree with that idea, which is why I find it intolerable that any school would have a “free speech zone.” The entire COUNTRY is a free speech zone, and for anyone to limit that at any capacity, unless it is for the purposes of employment (employees of a company tend to represent that company, so it makes sense for some limitations to be placed with such a regard. Employees are logically and legally not allowed to share company secrets with other people, for example), is nothing short of tyrannical and antithetical to the founding principles of this country.
Which is why the Left adores these kinds of policies, as they do not want any speech which contradicts their own opinions. Do you think college professors have to use those “free speech zones” to indoctrinate their students to believe in Marxism and communism? No, they have their classrooms for that. But students cannot step out of the classrooms to un-brainwash the students of that crap, else they are faced with some sort of punishment by the school.
The Court definitely made the right decision here, but look again at the title and the decision itself. There is a lone dissenter in this case.
The lone dissenter might not necessarily be very surprising, apart from the fact that he is alone in this. Chief Justice John Roberts was the lone dissenter in this case, which is fairly surprising, not by virtue of his own ideologies and politics (the guy is a commie bastard, so that’s not what makes this surprising), but by virtue of the fact that he was ALONE on this decision. The Court is, one could argue, split 6-3 with conservatives being the majority.
Roberts is, for some reason, considered a conservative, so he would be part of that 6. More often, however, it is more akin to 5-4 in favor of conservatives (though even that one is iffy, with Alito and Thomas being the only two consistent conservatives on here, though have sometimes erred in crucial moments). But Roberts was appointed by Bush (and is making a case for the Iraq War not being Bush’s worst legacy decision), so he’s counted amongst the conservative majority.
The reason I even bring this up is, again, he was alone here. EVEN THE THREE CONSISTENT LIBERALS, STEPHEN BREYER, SONIA SOTOMAYOR AND ELENA KAGAN, TWO OF WHICH WERE APPOINTED BY SOCIALIST OBAMA, ALL SIDED IN FAVOR OF FREE SPEECH.
When you are the lone dissenter in a slam-dunk free speech case, deciding AGAINST free speech, and three of your other eight colleagues are liberals who are not exactly friends of free speech, you seriously messed up somewhere along the way.
And he offers a poor excuse, too.
Justice Roberts said that he agreed with the court of appeals, and he dissented on this case because the college, following Uzuegbunam’s lawsuit, changed its free speech policy. As a result, Roberts argued that the case was moot.
“Today’s decision risks a major expansion of the judicial role. Until now, we have said that federal courts can review the legality of policies and actions only as a necessary incident to resolving real disputes.”
Oh, THIS, the defense of free speech and First Amendment rights, is an expansion of judicial role because the Court had never ruled on the legality of policies of college campuses? Not the Court’s decision to declare that a state has no standing in suing another state for breaking its own election laws and rules and process?
The Supreme Court defending the First Amendment is expanding its judicial role? Because it has to do with a college campus’ policy? So is that to say that the extent of the constitution, which the Court is supposed to uphold, does not reach American campuses? Do students, faculty, and anyone within the boundary of college campuses not have constitutional rights? Are college campuses a separate country, independent from the United States?
This is a poor excuse for a number of reasons, perhaps one of the biggest being that EVEN THE LIBERALS DIDN’T TRY TO MAKE SOME SORT OF EXCUSE FOR VOTING AGAISNT FREE SPEECH. Why is that? Because EVEN THE LIBERALS voted in FAVOR of free speech.
No, it doesn’t matter that the campus changed its policy after the lawsuit – THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD SUCH A POLICY TO BEGIN WITH. Students all over the country are being restricted of their free speech rights by their colleges, forced to go to “free speech zones” to freely speak, and even if they do that, they still get harassed and told they cannot speak freely if they share opinions which the college finds unfavorable.
The Georgia college erred in two ways: first, and foremost, in their restricting of free speech on their students, and secondly, in their inconsistent enforcement of the rules that THEY created.
If they have unconstitutional “free speech zones”, they damn well better at least allow students to use it, regardless of what is said. Again, they shouldn’t even have those things to begin with as they are clearly unconstitutional, but if they do, it at least better be consistently and equally enforced.
It doesn’t matter that the college changed its policy following the lawsuit. That wasn’t an important detail even for the liberals on the court, for crying out loud!
Chief Justice Roberts, like I alluded to earlier, has been making a serious case as to why the war in Iraq wasn’t Bush’s worst decision as President of the United States.
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