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STOCKTON UNIVERSITY TAKING ON SPEECH POLICING

Father, we ask that help us combat the toxicity of our culture with Your Word and Spirit. Help us to walk in grace towards one another.

A public university in New Jersey recently threatened to punish a doctoral student for using a photo of President Donald Trump as his Zoom background during a virtual class on July 1. Some of Robert Dailyda’s classmates at Stockton University complained that the image made them feel “offended, disrespected, and taunted.” Now embroiled in a lengthy disciplinary process, Dailyda could face suspension, a $50 fine, a community service project, and mandatory social justice or decision-making workshops, according to a letter the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent to Stockton President Harvey Kesselman on Friday.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced legislation to protect students like Dailyda and combat unconstitutional speech codes and so-called free speech zones at public universities. Schools that fail to comply with the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act would lose federal funding if the U.S. Department of Education determined they unconstitutionally restricted free expression. The act requires transparency about speech policies and enforcement in a content-neutral manner. Those affected by the policies would have the right to sue schools and recover penalties, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. The proposed law would not apply to colleges and universities operated by religious institutions.

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“This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth,” Cotton said. . . .

In July, two conservative groups at New York’s Binghamton University sued the school after it allowed nearly 200 students to disrupt a lecture by economist Arthur Laffer.

Campus speech restrictions have steadily declined for years, but schools that have repealed codes sometimes “still engage in censorship where the rubber meets the road,” said Joe Cohn, FIRE’s legislative and policy director. “So there is still a tremendously big problem with speech codes even though the general movement is in the right direction.”

In some cases, the damage has already been done: Whether because of speech codes or a polarized cultural climate, an increasing number of people self-censor. A new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found 40 percent of people surveyed choose to keep quiet rather than voice an opinion that others might deem hateful or that could alienate them from family and friends.

In an ironic twist, a college education only increases self-censorship, said study co-author James L. Gibson: “Far from becoming more comfortable with how to express their views as they become more educated, Americans who go to college appear to learn that they should shut up if they disagree with their peers.”. . .

“We are seeing the damaging effects of cancel culture and ‘group think’ in all aspects of our society, and college campuses are some of the worst offenders,” said Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., a co-sponsor of the act. “This bill will ensure students on college campuses will be able to express their beliefs without the fear of censorship or retribution.”

(Excerpt from World Magazine. Article by Steve West. Photo from Dreamstime.)

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5 Replies to “STOCKTON UNIVERSITY TAKING ON SPEECH POLICING”

  1. Lord, I pray that the “woke” universities truly wake up to the insanity of their policies and stop pandering to radicals who want to close down healthy dialogue and allow only their Satan-infected point of view to be heard. Please give more people the courage and strength to speak up when they hear ideas that run counter to the ideals of our nation. Give people Your wisdom and discernment to say what needs to be said about politics, abortion, welfare, protests, police reform and the real reason black lives matter, which is because You love them and everyone else. Confound those who would shut down free speech and lift up the voices of those who defend the views based on Your values. I ask this in Your Name, You Who left the conniving Pharisees mired in their own motives.
    You know the real truth and we need free speech to carry out Your Will.
    Restore to us the functions of our Declaration of Independence. In Your all-mighty Name I pray. Amen.

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  2. Dear Lord, we come against the demonic spirits that would try to take away our right to free speech in this nation. Have we not learned from what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s? If we don’t learn from history, it is doomed to repeat itself. Dear Lord, we pray for a spirit of sanity and protection for our basic rights in this nation. Please don’t let the enemy and his minions to have their way.I pray this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus.

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  3. Holy Father,
    Thank you for this article. Thank You for Who You Are.

    In Jesus’ name, I pray that such university should be allowed to stay in business or be allowed to receive Federal $.

    In Jesus’ name, I pray that many Christian Teachers and Students will stand up and dare to be an influencer.

    Thank You Father. Amen.

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  4. End Censorship, Bless Free Speech, Free Internet, Salvation of Big Tech & Media (2 Thes 3:1-3)…

    Father, we know freedom of speech, the press, internet, social media and honesty in dealing with the masses is of much importance to You. Thank You for strengthening righteous reporters and helping those that are lost to repent (2 Peter 3:9). We long for unbiased news, freedom of the internet, lack of censorship, accurate reporting & free and open journalism across the nation and world (Prov 25:25). We ask “newscasters” would not bear false witness, relate hearsay, gainsay truth & forward outright lies (Ex 20:16). We pray for repentance & reformation in news agencies, big data (FAANG — f@cebook, @pple, @mazon, netfli#, g00gle), and government in restricted areas. May reporters, big tech CEOs and their attorneys be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:1-5). Remove those who are not going to be saved (Ps 68:2). Grant mercy on the in the masses in the meantime (Matt 9:36) and give us the gift of discerning of spirits (1 Cor 12:10). May falsehood not cause any of these little to stumble (Matt 18:6, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2). Hold back the powerful delusion (2 Thes 2:11) and let not people trust in any lie (2 Thes 2:11). Let free speech, democracy and freedom of the press run swiftly throughout the offices and quickly across the airwaves, internet and various forms of media throughout the world (2 Thes 3:1-2). Keep us and religious sites from the evil one as well, and strengthen our resolve in these matters (2 Thes 3:3). Thank You in Jesus’ Name

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