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Speech on campus

September 7, 2012 12:10 am

YOU'D THINK college campuses would be one place freedom would find its perfect expression.

Not so much. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that many universities, in an attempt to protect some students from feeling demeaned or disrespected, have instituted speech policies that actually abridge protected First Amendment rights.

In 2009, the University of Virginia, earned a "red light" rating for some ancillary materials on sexual harassment that drew the line in the sand far more restrictively than courts allow. But this year, for the second time, U.Va., which corrected its policies at the request of students, has been named one of the "Seven Best Colleges for Free Speech" according to FIRE.

Also on the list are James Madison University and the College of William & Mary. The fact that three of the seven top schools are Virginia universities would make our forefathers proud.

In the words of Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Freedom is that important.

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