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#FreeSpeech in the News: March 27, 2017

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.

 

“Supporters say that Senate Bill 62, approved unanimously by the House, is essential to making sure higher education remains a marketplace of ideas in which students are exposed to a variety of viewpoints — even if those views may offend them.”

House approves bill to eliminate “free speech zone” restrictions on Colorado campuses, The Denver Post

 

” In reality, the free speech concerns we ought to acknowledge in this day and age come not from government, but from corporations.”

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate, The Federalist

 

“The right to free speech enables speakers, professors, and students of any ideological conviction to publicly justify their principles. That’s what makes this situation so ironic. Protesters can express their hatred for someone because of the First Amendment, but in doing so, they argue for the obstruction of the same right they’re using.”

Professors Shouldn’t Be Signing Free-Speech Pacts Alone. Students, Step Up, The Federalist

 

“Free speech is a two way street. Conservative students on university campuses should be free to express their viewpoints, while Liberal students and professors should be free to exercise their free speech peacefully.”

When free speech becomes a free-for-all, democracy loses, The Hill

 

“One of the purposes of the bus tour is to have people speak up if they feel uncomfortable and let the business owner know… This can’t be considered transphobic or bigoted.”

Transphobic ‘Free Speech Bus’ To Tour U.S. With Message Of Hate, The Huffington Post

 

“In the realm of weak A.I.–which some believe includes search engines–courts may be comfortable granting First Amendment protection to A.I. speech as an extension of the rights of the programmer.”

Does Amazon’s Alexa Have Free Speech Rights?, Slate

 

“The First Amendment, which I’m sworn to uphold as a judge, contains two competing messages.”

Gorsuch’s Free-Speech Lesson, The Wall Street Journal

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