SF State clears anti-terror protesters

A San Francisco State panel has cleared College Republicans of charges they violated the student code of conduct by walking on Hamas and Hezbollah flags at an anti-terrorism rally. The flags — copies painted on paper — include the word “Allah” in Arabic script. A student filed a complaint charging “attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment” and “actions of incivility.” FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) observes:

Although university administrators could have settled the matter informally or dismissed the charges outright, the university instead chose to press forward with a hearing on the charges.

The panel’s verdict in favor of free expression was unanimous.

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  1. matthewktabor says:

    I’m pleased this decision was reached so quickly, although the complaints should have been dismissed immediately. It is possible that the administration wanted to go through the hearing process to give more legitimacy to the decision – otherwise, CAIR would’ve cried out about specific members of the administration. Even so, I doubt that CAIR will let this rest.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Perhaps the Islamic students should withdraw in protest.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    That the President of SFSU would blatantly disregard the First Amendment is frightening. If you are investigated for exercising your free speech rights, you will thing twice about doing it the next time. The purpose of the hearing was to warn the college Republicans not to exercise their free speech rights again. I am sure they got the message and their (and our) rights suffer accordingly.

  4. Exactly, Richard.

  5. wonder if it would have taken as long if it was the American Flag instead.

  6. Indigo Warrior says:

    Or the Israeli flag, or the Japanese flag…

  7. Matthew K Tabor, you think this decision was reached quickly? The event occurred 5 months ago. Richard was exactly correct–the investigation itself was designed only to harass and intimidate.

    To show they are unbowed, I think the College Republicans should do something that’s truly offensive–or at least offensive to the denizens of SFSU.

  8. wayne martin says:

    > To show they are unbowed, I think the College Republicans
    > should do something that’s truly offensive–or at least
    > offensive to the denizens of SFSU.

    Yes .. and it won’t take much to offend the “denizens” of that school.

  9. According to the commenters at Volokh.com, the complaint was initiated by one Brian Gallagher, religion unknown, who, after the fact *recruited* some Muslim students to sign the complaint.

    In other words, the event was orchestrated by a *leftist* not necessarily by the Muslims. Such is the respect for Republicans at SFSU.

  10. To show they are unbowed, I think the College Republicans should do something that’s truly offensive–or at least offensive to the denizens of SFSU.

    That’s hardly necessary. All they have to do is the same thing a few more times. The administration’ll only notice these transgression when they’re not much of an inconvenience to the administration. If they have to spend any real amount of their time on this silly crap the administration will find some safe fall-back position.

    They’ll issue a press release decrying the chilling effect on the free exchange of ideas that results from selling affirmative action cookies or using a Hamas flag as a doormat. And that’ll be that.

    The campus lefties will discover that the administration isn’t nearly as devoted to as they were before it became a dreary drag on their time. Being a fighter for the proletariat is all well and good until the first time you have to cancel your appointment with your reflexologist.

  11. matthewktabor says:

    Considering the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case has been going on for 5 years, yes, I do think that 5 months is quicker than it could have been. It would take us 5 seconds, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the situation.

  12. “wonder if it would have taken as long if it was the American Flag instead.”

    Or float a cross in a beaker of urine – oh wait, that’s been done…

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