reasoned opinion

August 28, 2013

Speech that conveys reasoned opinion, principled conviction, or speculation
is not harassment. For example, the assertions that �all whites are racist� or
�affirmative action is wrong� or �Christians are foolish to believe �� are not
harassment. Of course, the mere claim of engagement in reasoned opinion
is not sufficient to lift the charge of harassment. For example, shouting
racist insults under a residence-hall window at night cannot disguise itself as 9
�reasoned opinion.� However, debates, discussions, arguments, however lively,
do not give grounds for harassment charges.