“Free speech for me, but not for thee”

Mark Noonan at Blogs for Bush has the details on how San Francisco State University is attempting to stifle the free speech rights of the SFSU College Republicans group. What started it all?

The College Republicans hosted an anti-terrorist rally on campus last October and some of the participants stepped on handmade Hezbollah and Hamas flags. Debra J. Saunders wrote in the SF Chronicle last week:

This story starts with an “anti-terrorism rally” held last October on campus by the College Republicans. To emphasize their point, students stomped on Hezbollah and Hamas flags. According to the college paper, the Golden Gate (X)Press, members of Students Against War and the International Socialist Organization showed up to call the Republicans “racists,” while the president of the General Union of Palestinian Students accused the Repubs of spreading false information about Muslims.

In November, the Associated Students board passed a unanimous resolution, which the (X)Press reported, denounced the California Republicans for “hateful religious intolerance” and criticized those who “pre-meditated the stomping of the flags knowing it would offend some people and possibly incite violence.”

Now you know that there are students who are opposed to desecrating flags on campus — that is, if the flags represent terrorist organizations.

But wait — there’s more. A student filed a complaint with the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development. OSPLD Director Joey Greenwell wrote to the College Republicans informing them that his office had completed an investigation of the complaint and forwarded the report to the Student Organization Hearing Panel, which will adjudicate the charge. At issue is the charge that College Republicans had walked on “a banner with the world ‘Allah’ written in Arabic script” — it turns out Allah’s name is incorporated into Hamas and Hezbollah flags — and “allegations of attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment,” as well as “actions of incivility.”

At an unnamed date, the student panel could decide to issue a warning to, suspend or expel the GOP club from campus.

Maybe SFSU should just put up a sign that reads: Conservatives need not apply.

FIRE, thankfully, is all over this one.

It never ceases to amaze me how often we hear about stories of liberal intolerance towards opposing viewpoints at colleges/universities across this country. I thought the left were supposed to be the champions of free speech in this country? Or at least that’s what they want you to think, anyway.

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