Boise State to revise speech and event policies

In July I blogged on multiple occasions about the First Amendment issues that Young Americans for Liberty at Boise State University (“YAL”) faced when it brought Dick Heller to campus to talk about his landmark Second Amendment case. I also blogged about our letter to the university expressing our concern about certain Boise State policies and the chilling effect that those policies could have on speech on campus. I am very happy that after discussions with the university, Boise State is voluntarily suspending a number of its policies regarding speech and events on campus, and has also committed to working
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Debt and dependency imperil liberty and independence

Sept. 18 is an historic day in Scotland when the country’s three-century partnership with England is put to a vote of the people. While the outcome of the vote is still anybody’s guess (polls show the referendum too close to call), speculation on the short- and long-term implications of the decision abounds. Some European countries are already expressing concern that the “independence contagion” (as one article put it) could spread to other parts of the continent—especially if Scotland’s referendum is successful. Questions also remain regarding Scotland’s position in the European Union (EU) should it be successful in achieving full independence
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Get ready for campus carry debate, Round 2

Idaho lawmakers will once again debate the policy they approved earlier this year allowing guns on college campuses. Five schools are asking lawmakers to approve $1.5 million in emergency spending for campus security in the current budget year, according to information from the governor’s Division of Financial Management. Two community colleges are pressing for cash: North Idaho College wants $258,400; the College of Western Idaho wants $118,800; three universities are also angling for money: Boise State University has requested the most, $592,600; Idaho State University has asked for $332,800; the University of Idaho wants $241,800. The University of Idaho’s request
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BSU, Center for Defense of Liberty reach accord on revising school’s First Amendment policies

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2014 Information Contact: Geoffrey Talmon (208) 258-2280 ext. 213 The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Center for Defense of Liberty has reached an agreement with Boise State University concerning the university’s First Amendment policies. Beginning in late June, the Center expressed its concerns with several speech policies the university was enforcing, specifically relating to the Center’s client, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) at Boise State University. YAL brought a speaker, Dick Heller, to the campus to discuss his successful lawsuit challenging a gun registration law in Washington, D.C., and to express his support for Second
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Liberty can be messy, but you have to break some eggs to make an omelet

The 17th century Englishman John Milton wrote, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” Those words in Milton’s “Areopagitica” were published in defiance of his government’s law that required publishers be licensed, a law that gave the government broad authority to confiscate and destroy books and jail their authors. The notions contained in Milton’s work, while not so moving as to eliminate England’s Licensing Order of 1663—the censorship regulation remained in place until 1694—it is often considered one of most compelling defenses of the free press, an inspiration for
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