Friday, October 26, 2007

Shouting Down On-Campus Speakers

Various speakers at events concerned with "Islamo-Fascism Week" have been shouted down and not allowed to speak at the university forums they or their supporters had provided by prior and lawful arrangements. Although some such Nazis were removed from the speakers' areas I know of no related arrests for "Disorderly Conduct", "Violations Of Civil Rights" or like crimes. Certainly, most such universities have taken NO positive actions to effectively protect those speakers OR to punish any of their own students, faculty or other staff engaged in such storm-trooper activities.

Those who shout down speakers on campuses should be arrested and charged with civil rights violations. Those offenses are felonies where arrest can be made by any citizen. If such terrorists resist such arrests, any level of force can be used to overcome such resistance---Including deadly force.

Universities which object to such clear-and-present enforcement of speakers' civil rights have an alternative and absolute duty to insure that such actions are not necessary---Without forcing the speakers to leave or canceling their appearances. They also have (At least for publicly funded schools or schools which receive tax dollars in any amount) a duty to file criminal charges AND to take internal disciplinary actions against any of their own students or staff involved in such anti-freedom acts.

It may be that speakers who are not so protected by schools may have a "cause in action" to bring civil actions for damages, including punitive damages, against schools which fail to protect their free speech rights.

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