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  •  no, i'm not (none)
    and anything can be litigated.

    Are we so unsure of the validity of our views that we must have them go unchallenged?

    Just because someone has the right to sue doesn't mean that they will prevail. I say let's have another Scopes Monkey trial, let's have a discussion about some of the pressing issues of the day in a court of law where rules of evidence apply.

    The radical right-wing nonsense will not stand such scrutiny. I say "bring it on".

    As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. -Leo Tolstoy

    by timerigger on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 03:09:32 PM PST

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    •  You "bring it on" yourself... (none)
      Are you faculty at a state university?  If not, then your "bring it on" is no better than flyboy Bush's.

      Well, I am... and, prevail or not, I don't want to have my whole f'ing career kept in jeopardy (not to mention the time away from research, teaching, etc.) by this bullshit.  

      Having a winnable case has nothing to do with it.  I encourage you to look up SLAPPs and the effect they've had on freedom of speech.  This is the same damn thing.

      •  So Dave, you're right.... (none)
        I guess the reason for my original post got lost on people, including me. My point was that I didn't see this as a "conservative vs. liberal" issue as far as ideology in the classroom is concerned. I can see some liberal students trying to sue a conservative professor just as easily under this bill as the other way around.

        Your larger point is correct and I agree with it. This is one more example of the supposed "small government" conservatives trying to extend the long arm of government into areas in which it has no business. Teachers, and universities, should have the freedom to persue knowledge where it takes them without threat of politically motivated folks taking them to court.

        This legislation, although "content neutral", is misguided and dangerous.

        Sorry for the misunderstanding

        As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. -Leo Tolstoy

        by timerigger on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 06:30:58 PM PST

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        •  And you're also right... (none)
          Some of the points of the legislation do seem very neutral, but I think (and I think you agree) it's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

          Sorry if I came across a little self-righteous, but this issue is obviously close to me.  I have to say, your last post is one of the most classy I've seen on dKos.  I admire that.

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