One of America's greatest freedoms is the right to free speech.
Nonetheless, the government is mandating broader speech codes for
universities that threaten that fundamental right.
The mandated speech codes from the Departments of Justice and
Education are shocking, according to Robert Shibley of the Foundation for
Individual Rights in Education. He says the proposed speech
codes make virtually every student in America guilty of sexual
"Whether it's issues like gay marriage, whether its issues like
sexually obscene jokes from comedians, or simply asking someone out
on a date who doesn't want to go with you - all of those things are
now punishable by order of the federal government," he
He says the government is ignoring decades of legal decisions,
the Constitution and common sense.
"They've reached so far as simply to address speech that is
nothing like sexual assault, just simply things that have to do
with sex or gender-related issues that somebody else might not
like, in this attempt to create an environment that is free of
offense or anything like that, and it's not going to work," he
Shibley says the "federal government has put colleges and
universities in an impossible position" and has "doomed American
campuses to years of confusion and expensive lawsuits."
A political science professor at Stanford University has
concluded after years of research that teachers unions have had a
devastating effect on education reform efforts.