Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is seeking answers from the
Department of Justice about a controversial settlement with the
University of Montana involving a censorship policy.
Watchdog groups are upset because the policy on "unwelcome
speech," intended to prevent sexual harassment, is broad and poorly
defined and could lead to abuse.
Azhar Majeed of the Foundation for Individual Rights in
Education (FIRE) says Senator McCain's involvement is
Now that a prominent political figure is asking questions, "it
only adds to the pressure that's on these departments to explain
their position and hopefully to reverse what they said in that
settlement," Majeed tells OneNewsNow.
He says the Department of Justice first began its investigation
at the university because of a problem with sexual assaults.
According to the FIRE spokesman, the university is now
"promulgating" a "broad and very new policy" about sexual
harassment that has gone unexplained so far.
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Like many conservatives, Majeed says McCain is also concerned
about the Justice Department's plans to use this policy as a
"blueprint" for speech policies on campuses nationwide.
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