When Speech Becomes a Crime

June 28, 2006

By Cinnamon Stillwell at San Francisco Chronicle

What do the above examples have in common? They are the logical outgrowth of a dangerous trend sweeping the Western world: the criminalization and censorship of speech.Outright censorship and draconian speech codes have long been a staple of Third World authoritarian regimes. But Western democracies and in particular the United States (where the First Amendment is supposed to reign supreme) have always prided themselves on protecting free speech. Yet because of the creeping reach of political correctness, one can now be put in prison, lose a job, be kicked out of school or be otherwise censored simply for uttering an unpopular opinion...

Schools: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania California Polytechnic State University Cases: Mohammed Cartoon Controversy: FIRE Response to Intimidation and Newspaper Disputes California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly): Use of Disruption Claim to Suppress Free Speech Shippensburg University: Speech Code Litigation