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On Campus, Free Speech at Odds With Tax Funding

April 6, 2005

On March 22, David Huffman spoke out in the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) student newspaper against being excluded from an on-campus public event.

He was excluded for being male.

The incident spotlights the shell game being run on state campuses across North America under the guise of free speech.

As a student, Huffman’s fees paid for the public forum from which he was barred. As taxpayers, his family underwrote his being treated like a black in the Ante-Bellum South.

Critical commentary on the incident has dwelled upon freedom of speech. But such commentaries miss the deeper point that ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘tax-funding’ are antagonistic concepts.

First, the facts of the Huffman incident:

On March 10, an event titled "Patriarchy Slam" was held by the radical Feminist Action League in a room reserved by a second and recognized student group. (The significance of this is that the free room was used in violation of UNH policy.) Posters across the campus advertised the meeting as a public event, with no indication of "Women Only... Download file "On Campus, Free Speech at Odds With Tax Funding"

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