One would normally think that handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on a college campus is not a big deal. Well, according to Fox News if you are students handing out copies of the constitution on Constitution Day last September, 2013 on the Modesto Junior College in California then it was a very big deal. Robert Van Tuinen, a college student, was stopped from passing out copies of the Constitution at Modesto Junior College and was informed free speech was a no go for him unless it was done in a restricted small “free speech zone” on campus.
To add insult to injury the college student was also informed that in order to exercise his free speech in the teeny tiny free speech zone he had to schedule it anywhere from several days to several weeks in advance, reported Fox News.
Well, it was abundantly clear to Van Tuinen that the college was obamanized, because somehow the U.S. Constitution was now on the college’s hit list of items that had to be restricted. The barred college student agreed. He stated, “They were maintaining an unconstitutional speech code, and now any of my fellow students can go out and exercise their right to free speech,” maintains Fox News.
Just how far a college would go to abridge the rights of students who simply want to inform their fellow students and perhaps even college officials that the U.S. Constitution is not a subversive document. What a seemingly novel idea, unless you are President Barack Obama who has stated that the U.S. Constitution is, “a flawed document from which we must “break free,” mentions Forbes.
If the President of the United States opines that the U.S. Constitution is a so-called flawed document, what are liberal college officials to believe who follow his tenets with relish?
Fortunately this college student was more of an expert than Obama or the college officials who concocted the erroneous “free speech zone” rules. After the student was taken to the college administrative offices by a campus police officer he was told his free speech rights were limited. The liberty controlling official told him that, if and when he was allowed to use the free speech zone it would not be that day because, two people were already using it.
Not dismayed by the assault upon his U.S. constitutional rights Van Tuinen, he agreed to let the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which, together with a Washington law firm represent him. They filed the case in federal court in California and the college settled for $50,000 to be paid to the college student who taught Modesto Junior College and expensive lesson on freedom and the First Amendment.
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