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« NomenNescio wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 04:15 PM »
Was your comment inspired by high school essays regarding censorship? We all read "1984." You're not special. Your freedom of speech is not being challenged. When you were accepted to Auburn and chose to attend, you were required to agree to and maintain the standards of the University's anti-harassment policy. This resolution expands upon what is outlined. How many comments have mentioned this policy? Scroll down and you will see the link. What freedoms are you defending if you refuse to stand up for those who need it the most? Auburn suffers from a lack of diversity and this resolution seeks to help students who have been subjected to discrimination and prejudicial statements feel that their voices are being heard and that Auburn becomes a more inclusive environment. Why would you not want to stand up for your fellow students? I have said it once and I will say it again: this isn't about being "politically correct," it's about being inclusive. It's about respect. It's about integrity. If you can't see that--if you can't open your small, small mind to the concept that this University is not solely comprised of conservative white Christians from the same socioeconomic class (not say that there is anything wrong with being any of these things, but one must be aware of the privileges these things afford one in society)--then you are obviously not benefiting from your college education. Grow up.
« jrb0026 wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 04:15 PM »
Everyone needs to stop letting their feelings get hurt so easily. If you cant handle getting insulted, go crawl in a hole. It happens to everyone, not just you so get over it you loathsome whiners. I'm sick of America turning into a haven for the pansies. WAR DAMN EAGLE, GO TO HELL ALABAMA
« FreeSpeechZone wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 03:58 PM »
Political correctness is the enemy of freedom of speech. What may have begun as a crusade for civility has soured into an argument over what is "offensive" and, even worse, censorship. To label a speaker a bigot or a racist for a comment that offends minimizes true racism. If being offended is enough to squander our freedom of speech, I'm offended by those who are offended. Such censorship offends me. Destruction of language was a central theme in George Orwell's signature novel 1984, a book that should be required reading for anyone concerned about the slippery slope of milk-toast liberalism we are on, for in it one finds many parallels between the fictitious tyrannical state of Oceania and modern Kumbaya-ism that some on here are espousing. Remove words, and one removes thought; Remove thought, and one removes freedom. In a conversation with the main character, Winston Smith, one of the "creators" of Newspeak explained: “The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness”. If this sounds familiar, it should. It's the new targeting rule, and the target is on those of us who stand for free speech.
« TedJohnston wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 02:35 PM »
F*CK THIS WE GOT A GAME THIS WEEKEND! I NEED ALL OF YOUR HELP IN MAKING JORDAN HARE STADIUM THE MOST HATEFUL PLACE TOWARDS OPPOSING FANS THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN. FIGHT GROWN MEN, MAKE WOMEN AND CHILDREN CRY, CALL AARON MURRAY A BIG P*SSY AND MAKE SURE HE AND EVERYONE AROUND HIM HEARS IT...DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO CREATE A HOSTILE, UNWELCOMING ATMOSPHERE. SEE YOU SATURDAY...WMFGDE!!!!!11!!
« autigers289 wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 01:08 PM »
People these days should stop being so thin-skinned and stand up for themselves. They shouldn't need an academic institution to do it for them
« autigers289 wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:59 PM »
Auburnallin, im sure youre one of those chodes on the SGA that want this passed...i hope you realize that from the outside, "no hate zone" sounds like something that has no other purpose than to make auburn look "progressive." What it actually says is: "here at auburn, we have such a problem with social issues and inclusion that we have to pass a resolution to allow people to tattle on each other because they got their feelings hurt."
« anh8705 wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:48 PM »
Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire - please read it if you do not believe that "Hate Speech" is not protected. To those of you who think it is, perhaps you believe that Snyder v. Phelps, the case against Westboro Baptist, protects such words. It does not. Please go educate yourselves before you start spouting off your "rights" and how you believe they allow you to say "whatever" you want. Furthermore, let's take a look, very specifically, at types of speech the First Amendment does NOT protect: • Obscenity — Speech/materials may be deemed obscene (and therefore unprotected) if the speech meets the following (extremely high) threshold: It (1) appeals to the "prurient" interest in sex, (2) is patently offensive by community standards, and (3) lacks literary, scientific, or artistic value. • Incitement — Activity or speech that advocates for producing 'imminent lawless action' and is likely to produce such action. • Fighting words — Words that are defined "by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace" or have a "direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person to whom, individually, the remark is addressed" (Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568, 62 S. Ct. 766, 86 L. Ed. 1031). • Defamation — An intentional and false statement about an individual that is publicly communicated in written (called "libel") or spoken (called "slander") form, causing injury to the individual. • Perjury — A knowingly false statement given under oath in court. • Extortion — Obtaining property by wrongful use of force or fear. • Harassment — A severe and pervasive course of conduct directed at an individual causing that person substantial emotional distress. • True threat — A communicated intent to inflict death or great bodily harm to a person with an apparent ability to carry out the threat. • False advertising — A knowingly untruthful or misleading statement about a product or service. • Certain symbolic actions, if the actions are otherwise illegal. o Examples: Tagging/graffiti, littering, burning a cross on private property. • Plagiarism of copyrighted material • Child pornography Let’s not forget about Alabama’s harassment legislation, which, by the way, is a Class C misdemeanor. Alabama defines one form of harassment as "Directs abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture towards another person”. Back to the point, which has very little to do with the First Amendment. I only felt the need to outline some points for those of you who continue to cite it as grounds to have the resolution dismissed. There are students who do not feel safe for very valid reasons (did none of you read what happened to Emily? http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/23542371/article-Letter-to-the-Editor--Jordan-Hare-home-to-football--bigotry?instance=letters ) Something must be done – and no one else has stepped up to the plate with a tangible solution. So stop with the slippery slopes of “oh no I won’t be able to cuss out my team’s rival”, etc. (Boo freaking hoo, by the way.Stop whining about it and propose a reasonable solution if you don’t like this one.
« allauburnallin wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:02 AM »
Ultimately, a person must choose if he/she is to be a person full of hate or one who is empathetic and pleasant. However, Auburn University does have the authority to ensure students are protected against hurtful speech and racially motivated violence or violence related to an individual's sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or gender identity. Picture an Auburn which said "do what you want." Students of color, homosexual students, students who were a religious minority might full well face adversity and harassment which could lead them to leave the University or perhaps worse. Those types of events already occur, but presently students have a mechanism to redress the situations. The position you present fails to recognize Auburn University duty to maintain a welcoming environment.
« FreeSpeechZone wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:09 AM »
So all of you who are in favor of this resolution, those of you who want to be the Politically Correct Speech Police of Jordan Hare Stadium.....to the PC Police: I understand that your intentions are good. But there is often a big gap between intent and impact. I would invite you to consider the impact of your censorship and finger-wagging, as well as your inclination to self-righteous, moral indignation. You don't realize it, but you're effectively throwing a wet blanket over public (and private) discussions of vitally important issues. Issues such as "Hey Alabama...we just beat the Hell out of you...Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Go To Hell, Alabama!" You've gone too far in your efforts to protect everyone's feelings. You're essentially imposing a gag order on the whole of the Auburn Family...nay the American society, and in so doing, you're hindering our progress in getting to know one another and to understand others' different perspectives, viewpoints, feelings, and life experiences. Lighten up, please. Resign from the PC Police. Give us all a break.
« allauburnallin wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:01 AM »
Freedom of speech and the Bill of Rights pertains to government action. Upon enrollment to AU, students agree to comply with the pertinent policies, regulations, and restrictions Auburn University imposes on its students. We're required to pay tuition, buy a meal plan, not park in Pres. Gogue's parking spot, refrain from threatening our teachers, and not plagiarize. Likewise, we agree to treat students in accordance with the Anti-Harassment Policy. I can state unequivocally that as a student, I cannot utter discriminatory words towards members of the protected classes designated by the Anti-Harassment Policy. To do so is to be in violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy, which can lead to certain negative consequences from the University. The policy states, in part, Any form of discrimination or harassment related to a student’s race, color, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), religion, national origin, age or disability (protected classes) is a violation of University policy. This policy is intended to cover any prohibited harassment of or discrimination against a student by other students, employees, or University agents. This policy also covers harassment of students by non-employees on University property or while engaged in University sponsored activities, as well as prohibited discrimination against students by University contractors. Student-on-student complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, up to and including sexual assault, will be handled according to the University’s Title IX Policy and Procedures for Student Sex Discrimination.
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