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Yet desecrating a flag—even burning an American flag however distasteful this act may be—is an expression protected by the First Amendment as recent Court cases have suggested and cannot be punished at a public university.
Robert Shibley, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) said, “The right to protest is at the very heart of the First Amendment, and means nothing if only inoffensive expression is permitted.”
San Francisco University officials replied noting that the university will “give all parties the confidence that they will be heard and fairly treated by a panel that includes representatives of all the University’s key constituencies.” Yet this reply implies legitimacy to the complaint rather than a baseless charge...