Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Whereas, the faculty of The University of Alabama cherishes freedom of speech as a fundamental right and strongly advocates freedom of speech in all aspects of University life; Whereas, the faculty of The University of Alabama recognizes that the right to freedom of speech is not absolute and is subject to both legal restrictions and standards of civility;Been there, done that. The resolution doesn't call for any direct sanctions, but asks that everyone including guests of the University "to behave in a civil manner and to avoid any behavior which demeans or reduces an individual based on group affiliation or personal characteristics or which promotes hate or discrimination."
David cites this quote in the campus paper from one of the five people who abstained from voting.
Sen. Bing Blewitt, one of five senators who abstained from voting on the resolution, said the attempt to limit speech is a sensitive issue because offensive speech is subjective to each person.
"I think I know what is right and wrong but it's all that stuff in the middle," he said.
He wasn't there on Saint Crispin's Day, I'd venture.