Upon his arrival, Sessions was met by protesters holding signs, some of which read "Defend free speech, Denounce Sessions" and "Free Speech is NOT hate speech". He plans to highlight what he believes is the goal of the college education: "the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor".
In the statement, the professors noted Trump's call for NFL players who protest during the national anthem to be fired, and they contrasted his labeling these protesters "sons of bitches" with his previous comments that some participants in a white supremacist rally were "very fine people". "In many ways these players, with all the assets they have, can express their political views without in effect denigrating the symbols of our nation".
Here we have the highest attorney in this country, giving a speech about basically freedom of speech, and not allowing people who disagree with him to attend or even show up. He then added, "it's not a contradiction".
"We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students' free expression from whatever end of the political spectrum it may come", he said in prepared remarks.
As Sessions spoke, the Justice Department announced it would throw its support behind a student who sued Georgia Gwinnett College, arguing that his rights were violated when administrators limited where he could preach Christianity on campus.
"We can intervene, and will intervene in various lawsuits where we believe students are being overly constricted in their right to speak out and express themselves", he said.
McDonough Hall. "We're encouraging protesters to wear tape over their mouth", he says.
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Sessions said colleges too often fail to stand up to protests that are meant to suppress unpopular views. Sessions also asserted that universities cancelling speeches over potential violence or controversy have created "a cottage industry of protestors who have quickly learned that school administrators will capitulate to their demands".
"While we agree that students should feel free to voice their opinions and beliefs in the classroom, the First Amendment grants this protection outside of the classroom as well", Hand said.
PEN America, a group that advocates for free expression, said most of the examples given by the attorney general Tuesday involved conservative speakers shut down by liberal protest.
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Several students complained their invitations were rescinded after they registered for the event, including Ashton Hoselton and Melani Mennella - both second-year law students who were among those protesting outside. You know the veto by the heckler who threatens to protest and disrupt the speech so the college may withdraw the speaker's invitation so they won't be a disturbance.
GULC spokesperson Tanya Weinberg wrote in an email to The Hoya that it is up to event organizers to determine audience selection and questions. The school also offered free counseling services to students who felt negatively affected by Shapiro's speech.
'We are unable to hold an official UC Berkeley speaking event, Yiannopoulos said amid intense security, according to the Los Angeles Times.