Fascism, The First Amendment And Hate Speech

March 7, 2015

By Gary Gross at Examiner.com

The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine voted to ban the hanging of flags in its main lobby in the name of inclusion:

“The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature. The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, theAmerican flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.

The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.”

This bill doesn’t have a chance of staying relevant because the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, aka FIRE, will file a lawsuit, quite possibly with the assistance of the American Center for Law and Justice, aka the ACLJ. This paragraph is laughable:

“The legislation resolved that any decoration that a student finds offensive will be removed from the Associate Student main lobby if the request is made.”

Who determines what’s offensive? Apparently, these fascists didn’t think this through. If they had, they’d realize that the things they say, hypothetically speaking, would be subject to being banned as offensive. It’s impossible to comprehensively define all the things that are offensive because it’s a subjective term.Offensive is in the eye of the beholder.

Banning everything that people find offensive would leave college campuses, and the world in general, a silent place.

Schools: University of California, Irvine