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Apr 28 2014

Students Forbidden to Pass Out Constitution on University of Hawaii Campus

University campuses are havens for the free exchange of ideas. But students are advised not to get carried away by passing out politically incorrect literature:

Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at [University of Hawaii]-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.

The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.

At least liberal authorities probably didn’t have snipers ready to train their weapons on anyone leaving the “free speech zone,” as on the Bundy Ranch.

Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

That is to say, the revolution is over, now that the flower children are in charge.

An attempt to pass out the Constitution on campus also landed a student in hot water at Modesto Junior College in California last Constitution Day.

The right to distribute the Constitution is guaranteed in the First Amendment of that same Constitution. But of course, different technology prevailed at the time it was written. No doubt if the Founding Fathers had foreseen modern printing technology, they would have agreed to reasonable limitations on dissemination, just as they would never want law-abiding citizens to own guns capable of firing more rounds than needed to kill a deer. Just ask Andrew Cuomo.

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Educrats, bureaucrats, and journalists are on the same page.

On a tip from Dean D.

  • Tchhht!!!

    “It’s not about your rights in this case, it’s about the University policy that you can’t approach people,” said Ellen Kusano, director of Student Affairs, according to the complaint.

    Really…so standing on campus with a handful of leaflets is considered approaching people”. BULL!!! I am sick of this busted out, burned out
    liberal hippie, hate America first crap. How about a Moslem handing out Korans?
    I bet they are perfectly fine with that.

    “It’s not the 60’s anymore”. The scumbags who were running these colleges
    back in the sixties were perfectly okay with pinko “students” tearing up the
    campuses and setting off bombs, but now that the pinkos are in charge we have to have free speech zones. Screw them. I am not contributing a penny to my granddaughter’s college education if she chooses to attend one of these indoctrination centers. A college that you have to sue for your first amendment rights is not worth attending.

    If anyone else wants to drop the chancellor at UH a note, his contact info is located here:

  • SNuss

    It is time to sue the university, IMHO.



    Defendants are hereby ENJOINED from:

    (1) Requiring prior notification for the solicitation by students of signatures of

    (2) Prohibiting all solicitation by students of signatures of petitions in any
    designated public forum, including the Free Speech Area, the outdoor
    spaces described in the Main Street Event Guide, and campus sidewalks;

    (3) Requiring that all student “demonstrations, picketing, or rallies” occur only
    in the Free Speech Area and/or McMicken Commons and Northwest
    McMicken Commons;

    (4) Requiring five to 15 days prior notification for any and all student
    “demonstrations, picketing, or rallies” – without differentiations;

    (5) Imposing or enforcing any policy restricting student speech in any
    designated public forum, including the Free Speech Area, the outdoor
    spaces described in the Main Street Event Guide, and campus sidewalks,
    that is not individually and narrowly tailored to serve a compelling University interest.

    Defendants shall revise the student speech policies to craft more narrowly tailored regulations that regulate student expressive activities in designated public fora only as are necessary to serve a compelling government interest; and Defendants may impose content-neutral time, place, or manner restrictions in such a way so as not to burden substantially more speech than is necessary to serve a compelling University interest.


    Date: June 12, 2012 s/ Timothy S. Black

    Timothy S. Black

    United States District Judge

  • StanW

    Yes, we have a free-speech zone, it is called THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!

  • Smith and Wesson and Me



  • Beef

    “That is to say, the revolution is over, now that the flower children are in charge.”

    And the science is settled and Obamacare can’t be repealed. Thus speaks our soft tyranny.

    We are fast getting beyond the realm of solutions offered by the political process.

    Something has to give.

  • randian

    I doubt liberal pamphleteers must constrain themselves to said free speech zone.

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