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  •  nope ... (7+ / 0-)

    The First Amendment protects individuals right of expression from governmental actions ... not private ones.

    Free expression and association are most certainly, however, concepts that are central to academic liberty and rarely receive any weight or credibility in those colleges and "universities" that elevate a religious or ideological purpose above all else.  And therein lies the real irony of D'Souza now reaping the whirlwind from the very winds he has sown.

    The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

    by ancblu on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:16:26 PM PDT

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    •  The spirit of the First Amendment (2+ / 0-)
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      should apply to all colleges, and D'Souza himself attacked private colleges that are perfectly free to set any rules they want to.

      The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (www.limbaughbook.com).

      by JohnKWilson on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:19:28 PM PDT

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      •  With respect, (0+ / 0-)

        First Amendment principles are really a subset within a larger philosophy that values intellectual liberty, freedom of conscious and rights of association and that are the proper hallmarks of an academic tradition far older than our U.S. Constitution.  

        However much respect there must or should be demonstrated for the "spirit" of the First Amendment ... it is that "spirit" that is far more hallowed and established within the academic context and tradition than the First Amendment -- which is an unnecessarily modern and purely nationalistic reference point in this broader discussion.

        The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

        by ancblu on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 02:23:48 PM PDT

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    •  I agree totally (1+ / 0-)
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      My point is not that I think that hate speech codes are an attack on the First Amendment; it's that that was D'Souza's argument.

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:54:51 PM PDT

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