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Mar 8, 2005 4:20 pm

More Reaction to the University of Alabama Student Rebellion

Suzanne Fields praises The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for defending Ward Churchill's academic freedom and for supporting the University of Alabama students who are launching a pro-free speech rebellion:

The University of Alabama offers another example of freedom of speech at work -- and under fire. After a comedian insulted gay students at a performance on campus last fall, the Faculty Senate demanded restrictive speech codes to ban"hate speech" about"race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or physical challenges." (What else would sophomores talk about?) The Student Senate, aware in a way their campus elders weren't of the consequences of such a ban, adopted a free speech resolution asking the university to guarantee a university atmosphere"where new and often controversial ideas must be discussed openly and rationally in order to make advances in knowledge." The students observed that free speech does not condone hate, but promotes tolerance by enabling differences of opinion.

Read the rest here Hat tip to Greg Lukianoff at The Torch.

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David Timothy Beito - 3/10/2005

The story has been completely blacked out in the Tuscaloosa News though the Crimson White did one (prior to the resolutions adoption by the SGA).

This is part of a pattern. The Tuscaloosa News rarely prints news stories which are critical of the administration. The only bright spot is that the Tuscaloosa News and Birmingham News printed our op-ed several weeks ago which criticized the Faculty Senate's resolution. As far as I know, broadcast news has not mentioned the story. It is really quite amazing who carefully and consistently local news outlets have avoided it.

Chris Westley - 3/9/2005


I find it interesting that this controversy has, as far as I can tell, been ignored in the Birmingham News, even while the Auburn's Athletic Department has been front page news. Has the UA story been in the broadcast news at all? Any thoughts on the apparent blackout?

Many thanks,

Chris Westley
Jacksonville State University

Aeon J. Skoble - 3/8/2005


Charles W. Nuckolls - 3/8/2005

I forgot to include come coding. It is fixed now. Thanks for pointing this out.

Aeon J. Skoble - 3/8/2005

Hey, why is the entire site now in italics?

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