Monday, May 14, 2007

Factual Statements=Unprotected Harassment!? A Terrifying Precedent at Tufts

This is insane! Posting quotes from the Koran in public is harassing Muslims? If they are embarassed by these quotes, let them find a new religion they are not as embarassed by! Let them face their religion, if they can. They are the ones who worship Allah and claim that the Koran is perfect! What is there to whine about?

Since when is the truth banned on a college campus?

FIRE - Factual Statements=Unprotected Harassment!? A Terrifying Precedent at Tufts: "This is perhaps the most troubling and far-reaching aspect of this case. The Primary Source published a satirical ad filled with factual assertions and because this angered people it was ruled to be unprotected harassment. If what the complaining students wanted to say was that the TPS facts were wrong, then—while this still would not be harassment—that could have been an interesting debate. But instead, in sadly predictable fashion, the students plowed ahead with a harassment claim that, based on the hearing panel’s decision, appeared not even to raise the issue of whether or not the statements in the ad were true, but turned only on how they made people feel. A panel consisting of both faculty and students found the publication guilty in flagrant abuse of what harassment case law and regulations actually say, and demonstrating total ignorance of the principles of a free society. Even in libel law (one of the oldest exceptions to the rule of free speech is that you can be punished for defaming people) truth is rightfully an absolute defense. Here, the fact that TPS printed verifiable information—with citations—was apparently no defense, nor was the fact that the ad concerned contentious issues of dire global importance. Such an anemic conception of free speech should chill anyone who cares about basi"

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