NCAC has urged an Oklahoma board of education to rescind its policy of disciplining students who do not stand during the national anthem as students have the right to peaceful and non-disruptive political speech, which includes the right to protest.
“Blanket orders from the Trump Administration preventing the staffs and experts of federal agencies from communicating with the public send a chilling message that every governmental communication, no matter how routine or technical, will now be subject to a political litmus test.”
Are young people not so hot on free speech these days? Maybe. But it’s not a new thing, and it’s not just young people.
Free speech zones. Book banning. Facebook’s nudity rules. The hysteria over ‘Islamic indoctrination.’ Let’s review just some of the threats to free speech in 2015.
Protests and criticism are one thing– calls to defund a Wesleyan student newspaper over an op-ed go too far. Student government officers, and the newspaper itself, must do more to support free expression.