Free Speech, Made Equal: a lesson for Daily Bruin opinion writer

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  1. Moses Mendelsohn says:

    “The Bill of Rights interprets it as the ability ‘to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction.’ ”

    the bill of rights doesn’t interpret free speech, it establishes it. i don’t know where that language is, but it certainly doesn’t sound like it’s from the 18th century.


  2. Are you sure that text is from this article? I don’t see it here. Anyway, the text comes from the following legal dictionary definition:

    Freedom of Speech
    Also found in: Dictionary/thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Hutchinson

    “The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction.”


    Thank you for your input.

  3. I ate a frog says:

    Good job.

    I enjoy my freedom to drive my car. But I understand I must stop at red lights. Signals provide me and others the freedom to drive safely. In a similar way, time, place and manner limitations associated with the First Amendment enhance the freedom to exchange ideas.

    I don’t think the University filed criminal charges. The DA did that. The University did discipline the students. The Orange County District Attorney said he would take that into account before he filed charges.

    They were not charged for the content of their speech. The content of their statements were not even written by those who read/said the statements. You have to bend this incident more times than a pretzel to make it appear that these students were engaged in a protected right of free speech.

  4. If no disrupted another person’s free speech, then we would be stuck in pre-19th century mentalities. I, as a woman, wouldn’t have the right to vote if it wasn’t for women disrupting speeches which continued limiting the voices of women. These students recognize Israel to be a state of oppression and they made simple statements while the main speaker was talking. No fights broke out and they weren’t jerks, they respectably left the room. But did you see the audience and what they were doing in response?
    It’s okay to punish these young college students with permanent marks on the records which will haunt them for the rest of their lives but it is okay to for that audience to make racist gestures without any criticism?
    I do not understand how the D.A. spent so much time, other people’s money, and media time on this case when there he is supposed to focus on the county? Some of these students aren’t even from UCI, they’re from UCR. Not all of these young people reside in Irvine nor the OC in general. He selected this group of people without merit, this was the university’s issue and only the university’s issue. They did not harass anybody and they didn’t destroy property, but they got punished with probation while at Harvard only a few years ago did the scenario happen but vice-versa and the students were not punished at all.

  5. There’s probably some truth in what you say about women achieving significant gains by disrupting speakers in the US. This case is altogether different. Those students have zero chance of changing anything in the region. Decisions about what happens between Israel and the Palestinians are made by important people thousands of miles away, not by public opinion on American university campuses. Thus, these students’ interjections accomplished nothing other than restricting the free speech of an invited guest and preventing an audience form hearing what they came there to hear.

    And if you would, we would all greatly appreciate an elaboration on what you mean by “racist gestures.” There’s not much you need to know to understand that the primary issues between Israel and Palestine are political, not racial.