Restricting free speech to prevent people from feeling offended or uncomfortable should not be the prerogative of government or its affiliates, said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
"It's absurd to try to police demeaning speech," Lukianoff said before a crowd Wednesday night in Schofield Hall. "That's not what a free society does."
Lukianoff's appearance at UW-Eau Claire served as a fundraiser for The Flip Side and came after FIRE's involvement in various ideological controversies surrounding the university.
He expressed his views on freedom of speech, the establishment clause of the First Amendment, the definition of harassment and other principles, relating them to campus issues.
Those issues included Student Senate's initial refusal in fall 2004 to grant The Flip Side funding based on a possible political slant, and the ongoing battle over Eau Claire's suspended policy prohibiting senior RA Lance Steiger from holding Bible studies in his room or residence hall...