Speech codes would find sexual harassment everywhere

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

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 harassment.


"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 explains. 

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 tells OneNewsNow.

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."

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved.
Unions block reform efforts to improve education, says analyst

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.