Showing posts with label Free Speech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Speech. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

SCOTUS Opens Way For Students to Sue Over University Free Speech Violations

Hot Air- That gasp heard after this ruling dropped comes from every college and university with a “free speech zone” and policies that impose heckler’s vetoes.  Plaintiffs suing over restrictions on speech and religious expression on campus only need to establish “nominal damages” to gain standing, the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision, not necessarily actual damages. That opens up a vast new field of litigation that attorneys all across the country will rush to meet. 

The 8-1 ruling in Uzuegbunam v Preczewski from Justice Clarence Thomas does not actually settle the case in favor of the students, but the writing is on the wall for Georgia Gwinnett College.

Normally, a plaintiff would have to establish at least some level of real damages to have standing in a lawsuit. Thomas rules here, and gets a surprising amount of consensus, that the violation of a core constitutional right is essentially enough of real damage to grant standing.

After this ruling on Uzuegbunam, it should have colleges and universities very, very worried — and might be the first real set of consequences for Academia after decades of forcing speech codes and silence on their students. Just the added risk of ending up in federal court might be enough of an incentive to force these universities and colleges to recalculate risk and reward.

Let’s hope that recalculation comes quickly, and both dissent and religious expression return to campuses as fast as possible.

~ Thank You WHATFINGER NEWS for the Linkage! ~

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Has Parler Peed in the Leftist' Punch Bowl??

Social media company Parler, which has been under attack from the far-left for their egregious sins of allowing views opposed to their own, may have have secured a new home after Amazon pulled the plug on hosting the company. The Washington Examiner reported Monday evening Parler is in the process of meeting requirements for securing hosting of their site by Epik, an internet webhosting company that also hosts Gab.

Predictively, the nasty left-wing media activist at VICE weren't happy about the news as were commies at The Southern Poverty Law Center, who has criticized Epik for hosting other social media sites associated with the over used word "far-right." The company, which is based in Seattle, argues that it hosts these sites due to its commitment to the idea of free speech.

The company also defended Parler, arguing that it was not being treated fairly by Big Tech companies like Twitter and Facebook. It said these entities operate by an “undeniable double standard” when it comes to their enforcement of their rules.

Still, anyone who has been paying attention knows that the far-left and its adherents in the activist media have been laying in wait to shut Parler down. Progressives have railed against the company, complaining that it became an echo chamber for conservatives who were fed up at the biased censorship at Twitter and Facebook.  Of course, it never crossed their minds to consider the fact that their politically-motivated silencing of conservative accounts made platforms like Gab and Parler necessary in the first place.

The left did not try to destroy Parler because they had anything to do with political violence from the right.  They are not as concerned over conspiracy theories as they might want us to think.  Their motivation should be clear to everyone by now: They do not want conservatives to express their views on platforms they do not control.

For the time being, it seems that they have failed in their attempt to wipe Parler off the internet permanently. But they have already openly discussed going after email providers and financial institutions that do business with platforms they don’t like.

Power To The Correct People!!