Biden Liberals hurt ourselves badly by opposing free speech

Former Vice President Joe Biden harshly condemned liberals who oppose free speech Tuesday, arguing that shutting down the First Amendment right is “simply wrong.”

“When I was coming up through college and graduate school, free speech was a big issue,” Biden said during a joint event with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). “But it was the opposite. It was liberals who were shouted down when they spoke. Liberals have very short memories. I mean it sincerely.”  

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Speaking before a crowd at the University of Delaware, Biden underscored the importance of the First Amendment, arguing that freedom of speech is “one of the defining features of who we are.”

“The First Amendment means what it says. You are not allowed to stand up and yell ‘fire’ in this auditorium. But you are allowed to stand up and say ‘Biden, I think you are an absolute jerk,’” he explained.

“We hurt ourselves badly when we don't allow the speech to take place,” the former vice president continued. “Now, speech can move to the point of incitement…But the truth of the matter is, the incitement that occurs before a person even speaks—that falls on those who are engaged in that violence. Not on the speaker.”

Biden also claimed that he has been criticized for his previous public statements in support of free speech, including his condemnation of riots at the University of California, Berkeley.

“If your idea is big enough, it should be able to compete,” Biden argued. “And you should be able to listen to another point of view, as virulent as it may be, and reject it, expose it.”

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President Obama’s former veep did not, however, miss the opportunity to mention the current commander-in-chief, stating that liberals should not “give the [Donald] Trumps of the world the ability to compare you to the Nazis or you to the racists...because you are doing the same thing—you’re silencing.”

Citing the 22 years he spent teaching constitutional law, Biden concluded by reminding the audience that “the First Amendment is one of the defining features of who we are in the Bill of Rights, and to shut it down in the nam

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Dorm display warns against cultural appropriation on Halloween

A bulletin board is urging students in a Kent State University residence hall to “stop cultural appropriation this Halloween” by eschewing costumes based on other cultures.

According to the display, located in Allyn Hall, cultural appropriation occurs whenever somebody “adopts aspects of a culture that’s not their own,” elaborating that “it is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another.”

In addition, it says the term “also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.”

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The board features several examples of unacceptable costumes taken from the “We’re a Culture Not a Costume” campaign that was begun by Ohio University students in 2011.

Juxtaposing images of disappointed-looking individuals with stereotypical depictions of their culture—including an Asian in nerd-ensemble, a black man dressed as a gangster, and a pregnant woman of ambiguous ethnicity smoking a cigarette—the flyers remind students that “you wear the costume for one night, [but] I wear the stigma for life.”

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In addition to the pictures, the board offers advice to help students ensure that they are not guilty of cultural appropriation this Halloween.

“Consider your social position” and “do research before you buy your costume,” it instructs reiterating that “culture is not a costume,” and for good measure reminding students not to “paint your skin any color found in the human race.”

Campus Reform reached out to Residence Hall Director Myriah Wiltrout for more information about the display, but did not receive a response.

Assistant Hall Director Elizabeth Reese referred Campus Reform to the resident assistant responsible for the floor on which the display is located, but the RA did not respond. Reese did offer to answer any questions herself, noting that “appropriation is something we talk about often at this time [

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Students storm library shut down College Republicans meeting

A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students.

Shortly after the CR meeting convened, one student entered the ground floor room of McHenry Library to ask attendees which group was assembling. After being informed that the meeting was a gathering of College Republicans, the student returned about 15-20 minutes later with company.

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One of the ringleaders of the protest was student activist Haik Adamian, who posted an announcement in the official UCSC Student Facebook group calling on students to deny the CR group its First Amendment rights.

“White Supremacist, fascist sympathizing College Republicans are having a meeting at McHenry library, room 0332. Everybody be aware of this violent racist activity happening everyday on this campus!” he wrote, adding that “We need a movement of people on this campus that rejects the ‘right of assembly,’ or ‘right of free speech’ for white supremacists and fascists.”

Heeding Adamian’s call, student activists disrupted the meeting by banging open the door to the meeting space and shouting accusations that the members were “fascists,” “racists,” and “white supremacists.”

According to the UCSC College Republicans, their offers to discuss the concerns of the protesters were met with exclamations that “dialogue is violence,” after which the protesters called the club’s presence a “threat to the library” and demanded that the CR members vacate the space immediately.

The protesters even reportedly berated library staff members when they refused to shut down the pre-approved meeting. One staff member eventually asked the CR members to leave in order to end the disturbance, but meeting attendees chose to respond by sitting quietly and refusing to leave the area.

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The commotion culminated in one of the student activists running out into the main library area screaming that there were “Nazis downstairs,” but while the gimmick drew several spectators,

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Letter challenges Bama to match rivals free speech policy

A University of Alabama student group sent a letter to administrators Monday provocatively lauding their football rival for having a more effective campus free speech policy.

The letter, written on behalf of a student group by members of Alliance Defending Freedom and Young America’s Foundation on the eve of the Oct. 21 football game against University of Tennessee, urges the school to improve its Facilities and Grounds Use Policy, which currently requires a special permit for some forms of speech.

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“It’s almost the Third Saturday in October. But while no one born since the advent of the iPhone can remember a Tennessee victory over Alabama on the gridiron, Tennessee’s free speech winning streak over Alabama is alive and well,” the letter reads.

“As you’ll see, we’re hoping this communication counts as a ‘casual’ expression under University of Alabama’s Facilities and Grounds Use Policy, since we don’t have prior permission from the University to engage in formal expression,” the letter continues, adding that “if we were writing the University of Tennessee, we could be more formal because they don’t require advance permission for either kind of expression.”

ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton, one of the authors of the letter, told Alliance Defending Freedom that the First Amendment “protects speech regardless of whether it is casual or newsworthy” and is “the only permission slip any student needs to engage in expression.”

“Alabama’s current policy gives free reign to university officials to restrict speech based on these unconstitutional categories, so we challenge them to make clear, prior to the game on Saturday, that they will take a look at the errors in their policy,” he added.

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The letter argues that Alabama’s policies go far beyond the “reasonable ‘time, place, and manner’ restrictions” allowed under the First Amendment, pointing to an array of restrictions that the authors argue are unconstitutional.

“Alabama’s policies are not reasonable or content and viewpoint neutral, because they examine whether expression is related to recent national news events, prohibit anonymous speec

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VIDEO Cops cuff vandal for throwing paint on pro-life display

Portland State University’s pro-life club has faced repeated harassment from student protesters, most recently with the vandalism of an on-campus display.

Video footage obtained by Campus Reform shows an unidentified student wearing a nylon stocking over his head being handcuffed and led away by two police officers after throwing a bucket of paint at the pro-life demonstrators and their display while fellow protesters cheered him on.

The massive display, adorned with a banner proclaiming that “abortion is genocide,” will apparently remain on campus throughout the week, but continues to draw backlash from counter-protesters, some of whom have called for the abortion of “Christians” while others have set up a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in front of the display.

Some students even penned an open letter to the campus community, published in the school’s newspaper, suggesting that the word genocide is “triggering, oppressive, and inappropriate.”

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“Many feel that this statement is hurtful and offensive to individuals who do decide to go through this difficult medical procedure,” the letter states. “We believe that the sign created by this student group, and endorsed by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, creates a sense of shame and pain for our diverse community of learners.”

In anticipation of this week’s demonstration, PSU Pro-Life posted an advertisement for a discussion set to kick-off the demonstration, but the advertisements were likewise vandalized.

The poster, which was eventually ripped in half, was initially covered up with another sign declaring that “unequal access to healthcare is genocide,” while on another bulletin board the school’s student government issued a condemnation of the pro-life rhetoric.

“Your student government supports your right to choose and is against the appropriation of the word ‘genocide,’” the Associated Students of Portland State University posted on its on-campus bulletin board.

In response to the advertisement, the Portland State International Socialist Organization organized an “anti-choice cou

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