Thursday, December 11, 2003

It's NOT in the mail 

Charles Nuckolls tells us that the Alabama Scholars Association's publication, The Alabama Observer, is not being distributed on their campus.
A case in point is the University of Alabama, which recently banned from on-campus distribution the publications of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Alabama Scholars Association (ASA), and the Federalist Society. Why? The real reason is that administrators do not like the ASA. The AAUP and the Federalist Society are simply collateral damage.

How do you ban things these days? You cite "postal regulations." That's right: the post office and its rules are being used to defeat the first amendment. We are told that the University would be violating "postal regulations" if it allowed distribution of our materials. Faculty who would object to any outright attack on their constitutional rights shut up and tuck their tails between their legs when "regulations" are mentioned. After all, they say, it's "the rules."
The Minnesota Association of Scholars has had no such problem so far, but even if we did, our newsletter is online. Advantage: Blogosphere!