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Topic - Greg Lukianoff
The Justice Department put its contempt for the First Amendment on full display with its snooping on journalists at The Associated Press. It's a display of contempt for freedom of the press equaled only by the administration's disdain for freedom of speech, another of the essential First Amendment protections.
"Although I disagree with every word you say, I shall defend to the death your right to say it." This stirring proclamation by Voltaire could have been said by Thomas Jefferson -- or any of his associates -- since free speech, a mainstay of 18th-century Enlightenment, fueled the American Revolution and is incorporated in our Constitution. In the first half of the previous century, a common phrase was "It's a free country; I can say what I want." That phrase is not so common today, but free speech is still an American ideal, or so most of us think.
"With this unwise and unconstitutional decision," says Mr. Lukianoff, "the Justice and Education departments have doomed American campuses to confusion and expensive lawsuits while students' fundamental rights twist in the wind."
Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, says the proposed mandates are "so broad that virtually every student will regularly violate them."