DOJ supports free speech group suing University Of Michigan

DOJ supports free speech group suing University Of Michigan

[Ed. – There may be hope for the nation yet.]

Last month I wrote about a lawsuit filed against the University of Michigan by a group called Speech First. The University encouraged people to [sic] anonymously report incidents of bias, telling them “The most important indication of bias is your own feelings.” Speech First filed the lawsuit on behalf of current U of M students who feel speech on campus is chilled by the possibility that anything they say on a controversial topic could result in them being reported and disciplined. Today the Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in the case, supporting the lawsuit brought by Speech First.

The University of Michigan (“University”) proclaims on its website that “[f]reedom of speech is a bedrock principle of [its] community and essential to [its] core educational mission as a university.” Unfortunately, the University is failing to live up to that laudable principle. Instead of protecting free speech, the University imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech. The University’s policies prohibit speech that any listener finds “bothersome” or “hurtful”—an overbroad, vague, and subjective standard that is a paradigmatic example of the chilling of free expression prohibited by the First Amendment. …

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