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.
Supreme Court Rules That Foreign Soros-Backed Operatives Do Not Have First Amendment Rights
The ruling was against the Soros-backed Alliance for Open Society International.
The Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday making it clear that a major front of progressive billionaire oligarch George Soros does not have 1st Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
In the case of Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts ruled against 1st Amendment right for the Soros front. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented against the majority while Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case.
The Alliance for Open Society International hoped to soak up federal funds earmarked to stop HIV/AIDS throughout the world. However, they hit a snag due to an act of Congress banning any group that supports prostitution from taking these funds. The pro-hooker leftist group attempted to sue to get around that act of Congress, but were rebuked by the conservative majority. Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion for the case.
“We appreciate that plaintiffs would prefer to affiliate with foreign organizations that do not oppose prostitution,” Kavanaugh wrote. “But Congress required foreign organizations to oppose prostitution in return for American funding. And plaintiffs cannot export their own First Amendment rights to shield foreign organizations from Congress’s funding conditions.”
“Those foreign organizations are legally separate from the American organizations. And because foreign organizations operating abroad do not possess constitutional rights, those foreign organizations do not have a First Amendment right to disregard the Policy Requirement,” he continued.
“In sum, plaintiffs’ foreign affiliates are foreign organizations, and foreign organizations operating abroad possess no rights under the U. S. Constitution,” Kavanaugh concluded.
Justice Thomas wrote a concurrence to Kavanaugh’s opinion in favor of the ruling as well. He went even further than Kavanaugh in supporting Congress’ prohibition on issuing HIV relief funds to organizations that support prostitution.
“The Policy Requirement does not violate the First Amendment, regardless of whether it is applied to respondents, respondents’ legally distinct foreign affiliates, or any other organization, foreign or domestic,” Thomas wrote.
The Soros network is unhappy about the ruling and the fact that they will be denied the federal funds because of their international support for the flesh trade.
“The Supreme Court upheld the U.S. government’s quest to impose its harmful ideological agenda on U.S. organizations and restrict their right to free speech,” said Patrick Gaspard, president of the Open Society Foundations.
“The Anti-Prostitution Pledge compromises the fight against HIV by impeding and stigmatizing efforts to deliver health services. Condemnation of marginalized groups is not a public health strategy,” Gaspard added.
Regardless of their whining, the decision is final. The ruling could have the cascading effect of denying foreign Soros-backed operations any constitutional protections in terms of their alleged support for terror groups such as Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA as well.
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