” Following two weeks of blistering criticism from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and commentators nationwide, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is attempting to defend a controversial speech code “blueprint” that requires colleges and universities to expand their definition of sexual harassment to include speech protected by the First Amendment.
The “blueprint” requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to define sexual harassment as “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct” (speech). OCR and DOJ explicitly state that an institution’s definition of sexual harassment may not include a “reasonable person” standard, effectively granting the most unreasonably sensitive students the power to determine what sexual or gender-based expression is permissible on campus. OCR even suggests that those accused of sexual harassment must in some instances be punished before an investigation has been completed. Institutions that do not adopt this breathtakingly broad definition, which contradicts decades of legal precedent and OCR’s past guidance, risk being found in violation of Title IX and losing federal funding.”
Tag Archive: First Amendment to the United States Constitution
” CINCINNATI – Temporary billboards placed on the University of Cincinnati campus are causing controversy among students.
Twelve billboard-sized photographs of vaginas will be placed outside McMicken Hall through Friday by the UC LGBTQ Alliance and UC Feminists. The student groups say the “Re-Envisioning the Female Body” project is their way of countering an abortion protest that happened on campus last year. (NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT: To find out more about the project, you can visit their Facebook page .)
The groups say The Genocide Project compared abortion and a woman’s choice to the holocaust.”
Another example of education dollars being well spent … LOL
- Controversy over OH ‘vagina’ billboards (newsnet5.com)
- Public University Displays Billboard-Sized Vaginas in Pro-Abortion Exhibit (thecollegefix.com)
- Vaginas (theburningplatform.com)
- University Of Cincinnati Won’t Block Female Genital Photo Display (cleveland.cbslocal.com)
- Pro-abortion group to display massive photos of female genitalia on Cincinnati campus (lifesitenews.com)
” A shocking video has emerged of a police officer who abides by the oath he swore to uphold the constitution by defending the free speech rights of activists who were targeted by airport officials during the opt out and film campaign.
The clip shows activists Ashley Jessica and Jason Bermas handing out flyers warning travelers about the dangers of x-ray body scanners at Albany International Airport in New York.Almost as soon as the activists begin to hand out the flyers, they are confronted by an aggressive airport official later named as Douglas I. Myers, the airport’s Director of Public Affairs.
Myers orders the activists to leave the top floor and later takes the unprecedented step of closing off the entire level and preventing families from meeting their loved ones. He subsequently claims the activists need a permit and a $1 million dollar insurance liability merely to film inside the airport, despite the fact that the TSA’s own website clearly states that TSA checkpoints can be filmed at any airport.
Myers’ attempts to get the activists in trouble with police are derailed when Sheriff Stan Lenic steps in to handle the situation, pointing out to Myers that they have a right to film under the First Amendment.
“Obviously this is your constitutional right, as far as we’re concerned you’re not breaking any laws,” Lenic tells Bermas.When Myers asks the Sheriff to detain the activists, Lenic responds, “I can’t do that.”Myers then asks for Bermas’ identification, to which Sheriff Lenic responds, “He doesn’t have to show you his identification.”
“I need to get it from you,” Myers tells the Sheriff as he winks at him, to which Sheriff Lenic responds “I can’t give you that.””Just so you know, he’s not doing anything wrong,”Deputy Lenic forcefully tells Myers, before quoting the New York penal law code.
“If I was to ask for his identification he does not have to give it to me because he’s not doing anything wrong,” adds Lenic.Myers’ claim that Jessica is blocking the escalator is also dismissed by Lenic. Myers then claims the filming is illegal because it is “commercial” and could appear on the Drudge Report — which is a news aggregator and not a commercial website.
Lenic should obviously be commended for his fine job in upholding constitutional rights. If there’s an award for cop of the year, he should win it hands down. He is a shining example to other police officers who have completely failed to apply the law in similar situations. http://www.infowars.com/shock-video-cop-protects-first-amendment/“
- Airport Official Under Fire For Suppressing 1st Amendment Rights, Deputy Stan Lenic Honored For Protecting Them (libertycrier.com)
- Sheriff Protects First Amendment & Becomes Internet Star (dprogram.net)
- Deputy Stan Lenic Protects the First Amendment (cspoa.org)
- Tsa Opt Out & Film: Deputy Sheriff Protects 1st Amendment at Albany Airport (vaticproject.blogspot.com)
- TSA Protester With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest (sgtreport.com)
- RT: Rand Paul to bring new fight against TSA (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
” An elementary school in North Carolina censored a first-grade student’s Veterans Day poem by removing a line that referenced her grandfather’s belief in God.
The West Marion Elementary School student was supposed to read the poem at a Nov. 8 Veterans Day ceremony to honor her grandfather, a Vietnam veteran.
The deleted line read: “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.”
An attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which advocates for religious rights and freedoms, criticized the school’s decision. “
- North Carolina Elementary School Removes ‘God’ from First-Grader’s Poem (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Riot act read to school censoring 1st grader’s poem (vineoflife.net)
- God reference unwelcome in first-grader’s poem (educationviews.org)
- ‘God’ censored in 1st grader’s Veteran’s Day poem (myfox8.com)
- School district strips ‘God’ from first-grader’s Veterans Day poem (twitchy.com)
- Riot act read to school censoring 1st grader’s poem (wnd.com)