Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a bill into law that will effectively allow law enforcement to jail any university employee who does not report a joke to a Title IX official that they hear about sex on campus.
The legislation, which is an egregious abuse of freedom of speech, is based largely off of Obama-era federal standards of sexual harassment:
Unwelcome, sex based verbal or physical conduct that: in the education context, is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities at a postsecondary educational institution.
SB 212, now signed into law by Gov. Abbott, would allow the termination of any official on campus who “witnesses or receives information” that may count as sexual harassment. Abbott is essentially allowing the ‘Me Too’ gestapo to reign supreme in his state’s higher education system.
The conservative watchdog, The College Fix explains how damaging this new law will be to freedom of expression on campuses.
“Those staggering employment and criminal penalties practically ensure that Title IX offices will be flooded with sexual harassment reports, and that students will be subjected to wide-ranging administrative investigations for constitutionally protected speech,” Greg Piper of College Fix wrote.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization that protects civil liberties on campuses nationwide, is sounding the alarms about the new law too.
“Without an objective requirement, students and faculty are held hostage to the personal feelings and opinions of their accusers, no matter how unusual or even unreasonable. Given the offense taken by people on both sides of arguments about sexuality and gender generally, the list of victims of “sexual harassment” under this broad definition is functionally endless,” Joe Cohn wrote for FIRE.
FIRE’s Tyler Coward, who works as the legislative counsel for the organization, believes that the law will ultimately be shot down by the courts. He wants people who are targeted by the new law in the mean time to contact the organization for assistance in fighting back.
Social justice dogma is pernicious enough to even be supported by top Republican officials, as the Overton Window continues to shift toward the feminist left.
House Democrats Browbeat Cable Providers in Hopes of Deplatforming Fox News, OANN
Government censorship in all but name.
Two House Democrats are seeking to browbeat the primary cable providers in the United States, asking them to deplatform conservative news organizations such as Fox News and One America News Network in a tacit censorship gambit that arguably violates the First Amendment.
Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both Democrats from California, addressed the series of letters to companies such as AT&T, Amazon, Charter, and Comcast, aggressively questioning if they planned to continue offering cable packages that include OANN, Fox and Newsmax in the future, citing censorious claims of “misinformation.”
This is a violation of the First Amendment in all but name. At least in Europe censorship mechanisms are determined by democratically elected governments. In the United States, left-wing oligarchs and their servants instead make threatening backroom demands for corporate political prosecution of their opponents, with loyal operatives inside Fortune 500 corporations eager to acquiesce.
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV both now and beyond any contract renewal date? If so, why?” Reads the censorship demand to AT&T.
This may represent an actual First Amendment violation, with previous legal precedent outlawing governmental attempts to chill or influence speech without actually outlawing it. Eshoo and McNerney would face ramifications from the House Ethics Committee if free expression were still recognized, but free speech is the last concern of the authoritarian liberal Democratic Party.
Unfortunately, it’s likely only a matter of time until the global corporations establish a strict “no tolerance” policy for any and all conservative and right-wing content. In the meantime, the Right must work to build new institutions, new businesses, and new services distinct from the tyranny of global liberalism.
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