Letter to the Editor
September 8, 2005
Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)
Free speech under attack
While the article was just an Associated Press report, a visit to the FIRE Web site by a CDT staffer would have added that FIRE gives Penn State one of its worst ratings with regard to freedom of speech.
Why? Penn State has some pernicious speech codes that make John Ashcroft seem downright moderate.
One of these codes regards any perceived criticism of "protected classes." This sounds Orwellian in the sense that "all are created equal, but some are more equal than others."
If you are a staff member, do you know how such speech codes put your career at risk? If you're a parent, do you know how such speech codes put your child at risk?
A visit to www.thefire.org will give you an idea of the widespread restrictions on speech that are a part of today's campus life.
Next time you hear a wild-eye professor or doe-eyed student complain about civil liberties and the Patriot Act, gently suggest they try to clean up their own house first.
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