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#FreeSpeech in the News: October 9, 2017

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week.

 

“Restricting speech is like trying to waltz with a wolf. Every hate-speech code that has been challenged in court has been found unconstitutional. Some have been lifted, others disavowed. Nevertheless, a generation has come of age knowing nothing but the wolf.”

Flip-Flopping on Free Speech, The New Yorker

 

“Protestors are quite simply off base when they claim that there is any kind of First Amendment free speech issue here.  Some may wish athletes were free to protest during the national anthem at sporting events, but the Constitution provides no protection for that.”

The Myth That All 'Free Speech' Is Constitutionally Protected, Fortune

 

“Equally important, campuses must be places where all ideas and views can be expressed, even ones we detest. That is the core of freedom of speech and of academic freedom, which is at the very core of a university’s mission of advancing knowledge.”

Why UC Berkeley was right not to ban Milo, and other lessons from Free Speech Week, The Sacramento Bee

 

“The struggle to facilitate controversial speech protected by the First Amendment while preventing violence is especially acute in California, where the San Francisco Bay Area has become an epicenter for clashes between conservative speakers who support President Donald Trump and left-wing ‘anti-fascist’ demonstrators.”

California Lawmakers Weigh Free Speech, Public Safety, NBC San Diego

 

“Following Trump’s tweets, a viral Facebook post incorrectly stated that players were required to stand in accordance with sections A62 and 63 of the NFL rule-book. But the rule-book, which covers codes of conduct by players and coaches during games, does not actually address the national anthem.”

The NFL and the First Amendment: A Guide to the Debate, The Washington Post

 

“It can be hard to know what to make of reports of a free speech crisis on college campuses. Some progressives claim that concerns about left-wing student authoritarianism are overblow, and occasionally I’m tempted to believe them.”

The Worst Time for the Left to Give Up on Free Speech, The New York Times Opinion

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