Campus Alert: Free speech on trial

April 30, 2007

Free speech is on trial today at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

This afternoon, the editors of “The Primary Source,” a conservative student publication, will go before the school’s student judiciary panel to answer charges leveled against the paper by other students.

The charges at the disciplinary hearing include “harassment” and “breach of community standards.” The actual “crimes”? Satirical articles published in TPS in the past few months—specifically, a Christmas carol parody lampooning race-based admissions policies (“O Come All Ye Black Folk”) and an Islamic Awareness Week article focusing on the religion’s fundamentalist fringe (“The seven nations in the world that punish homosexuality with death all have fundamentalist Muslim governments...

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