School administrator bans distribution of US Constitution on campus
Stuff like this doesn't surprise us anymore, but the school administrator from the University of Hawaii-Hilo who prevented two students from handing out copies of the US Constitution on campus reminds us of just how easy it is to lose our freedoms when jack-booted authoritarians are in charge.
Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.
The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.
Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
The First Amendment has not been modified since the 1960s, however, and robustly protects the rights of students at public universities to hold non-disruptive protests, speak their mind and distribute literature.
Administrators also maintained that university policy took precedent over Constitutional rights, according to the complaint.
“It’s not about your rights in this case, it’s about the University policy that you can’t approach people,” said Ellen Kusano, director of Student Affairs, according to the complaint.
Apparently, it is the university that determines your rights, not the Constitution. And don't you love the university's idea of a "free speech zone"? You can stand up to your ankles in mud and scream to your heart's content. Just make sure you wipe your feet before you enter the dining hall.
Many school administrators fear the Constitution because it causes students to think independently. Since their speech cannot be controlled. neither can their thoughts. This is an intolerable situation for school authorities whose mission is to brainwash students to only think the way they are told to. All the speech codes, free speech zones, and curtailed free speech rights are about muzzling dissent.
They don't protect anyone except those who are threatened with being exposed as towering hypocrites..