Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Prior censorship of bulletin boards 

Century College has not learned from its run-in with freedom of inquiry. After becoming embroiled in controversy over the Mohammed cartoons in February and March, it could have chosen to make a statement about free speech, but instead has responded with a ten-point policy governing what goes on a bulletin board on its campus. Herewith the more egregious four:

This policy is akin to the policy that would govern student organizations here at SCSU. It is an egregious violation of a faculty member's rights to require prior permission of an administrator to advertise an event, and to require a super-majority of departmental faculty to override the administrator's veto of a display. The administrator's cowardice is duly noted in this interview a few years ago with Alan Charles Kors:
That universities govern by self-censorship is absolutely true, but no one is going to take anyone away in the middle of the night. We are not in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a classic case in which people through their cowardice and their failure to bear witness to their real beliefs, their failure to defend their own liberties and dignity are half of the equation of the catastrophe of political correctness. The oppressors have oppressed, but people should have fought back passionately and not rolled over and played dead� Liberty is going to die in the hearts of a generation of college students and that bodes very ill for the future of this society.