January 09, 2006

Fun with Speech Codes

Been a while since I've hung out at FIRE, but here's a real gem of a speech code from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ["Oh, that's rich!" - Irony]:

“There shall be no interference with a demonstration on the grounds of content of speech, except for any speech or demonstration, which…victimizes others because the speech contains offensive language and/or is motivated by hate or bias.”

To be fair, this probably was added to avoid altercations like the infamous Greensboro, NC Klan/Nazi rally that devolved into a gunfight. This is apparent if you read the whole thing.

But still, rife for abuse much? You could eliminate any demonstration ever on the grounds that it offends someone.

Which, come to think of it, would save the college's administration a lot of time and paperwork...

Clever bastards.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at January 9, 2006 03:37 PM

Sort of like that nifty little provision in the Justice reauthorization act that bans "annoying" anonymous Internet comments. I thought this was the party of limited government, and here they are putting Usenet out of business and criminalizing 75% of all blog comments in one swell foop.

Posted by: Lex at January 10, 2006 04:47 PM