No free speech for philosophy student

At Marquette University in Milwaukee, the chair of the philosophy department removed a Dave Barry quote from a PhD student’s office door because it was “patently offensive.”

The quote read, “As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government.”

Several people complained and the department chair decided that hallways are not a free-speech zone. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is on the case.

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  1. A couple of years we opened a new academic building which also has offices for most of the social scientists. They moved into their new place in August and started decorating their doors. Someone came around and told them to – ummm – be stark and undecorative until after the dedication, after which no board of trustees member would probably ever wander down their halls again.

  2. Sounds like a call for a guerilla war. Someone should start leaving modified Barry quotes and Dilberts all over the campus – about how the enemy is bureaucrats with too much time on their hands….

  3. Indigo Warrior says:

    A couple of years we opened a new academic building which also has offices for most of the social scientists. They moved into their new place in August and started decorating their doors. Someone came around and told them to – ummm – be stark and undecorative until after the dedication, after which no board of trustees member would probably ever wander down their halls again.

    These social “scientists” really need to follow the advice of the Beatles when it comes to people with pictures of Chairman Mao.