Monday, September 22, 2014

On F.I.R.E.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is one of the most effective intellectual activist organizations in the United States.  They are relentless protectors of student rights on college campuses across the land, a fact exemplified by their recent initiative that commenced last week on Constitution Day.  Here's an excerpt from a recent story describing this initiative:
In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nation’s largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. The letters are being mailed from the main post office near Independence Hall in Philadelphia today to mark the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
58 percent of our nation’s public colleges and universities restrict student and faculty speech with blatantly unconstitutional policies, and 38 percent more enforce policies that are too easily abused to silence campus speech,” said Will Creeley, FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy. “In July, FIRE launched our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project by announcing four lawsuits against institutions that have violated student and faculty First Amendment rights. Now we’re putting public colleges and universities across the country on notice—and inviting them to work with FIRE to fix flawed policies before they’re challenged in court.”
And as an example of how important FIRE's work is, consider this recent example of liberal bias on campus:
In several locations across campus, students have reported finding anonymously distributed and written flyers personally attacking a conservative columnist for Cornell’s student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. The flyers describe the conservative student writers as a “Racist Rape Apologist” and include his name and picture.
If you're interested and willing to support an organization that promotes the ideas and principles supported by On Liberty Street, you can do no better than supporting FIRE!