NEW YORK—Charles Murray was the featured guest at this year’s Disinvitation Dinner, an event put on each year by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale since 2015 in response to the trend of college students preventing controversial speakers from giving talks.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday the government would not heed calls from Senate Democrats to investigate a private broadcaster for its “news activities.”
Democratic senators are demanding the government investigate the “news activities” of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, saying they want a federal probe into a private news organization because they are “strong defenders of the First Amendment.”
A bill abolishing “free speech zones” on campus failed in the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
A California bakery owner can refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, and forcing her to comply with their requests violates her rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, a judge ruled this week.
The University of Colorado is considering changes to its speech codes to encourage students and staff to engage with potentially “wrong or insensitive” speech rather than suppress it.
A bill introduced Wednesday in the Nebraska state legislature would require the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to guarantee free speech on campus and institute regulations to that effect.
Over 90 percent of the America’s top colleges maintain policies regulating campus free speech, with one third employing severely restrictive policies, according to a study released Tuesday.
Two student clubs filed federal lawsuits this week against their respective universities, both alleging violations of First Amendment rights.