I’m a Christian, I’m a Jew.  When it comes to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, I stand with Israel.  But, as an American, I side with free speech. Every time.

Late last month, a Massachusetts court heard initial arguments in a lawsuit filed by three anonymous students who wanted to compel the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to cancel an upcoming panel discussion concerning “the increasingly vitriolic debate over U.S. support for Israel.” 

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Educationhas more about the event:

The event, titled “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights,” is set to take place May 4 on UMass’ campus, and features speakers including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, political activist Linda Sarsour, Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, and others. The event was organized by UMass professor Sut Jhally and co-sponsored by his Media Education Foundation as well as several academic departments. 

However, this lawsuit is the latest example of an attempt at campus censorship in the never-ending quest to avoid hurt feelings.  Usually, this is done by the left against conservatives. Since I strongly speak out against that on this blog, I wanted to take a moment to speak out against this frivolous law suit as well.

Dear conservative and liberal students: the answer to “bad speech” is always “better speech.”  

Thankfully, on May 2nd, liberty prevailed:

… the judge denied the injunction on First Amendment grounds, as an injunction would amount to a prior restraint on speech. Rick Sobey of the Boston Herald quotes the judge: “I can’t enjoin a forum just because someone may say something at that forum that fits someone’s definition of anti-Semitism or racism or homophobia or anything else.”

Good.  It’s time to bring freedom back to American university campuses.

Hat Tip: FIRE

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.