Texas Aggie Conservatives Sue University for Free Speech Infringements

Free speech censorship is alive and well on U.S. college campuses and to prove it, one college conservative group decided they would take legal action against their school for their denial of free speech rights.
Life News reports that the student group, Texas Aggie Conservatives (TAC), along with the Alliance Defense Fund, filed suit against Texas A&M University (TAMU) when they learned the university refused to release funds needed to bring pro-life activist, Star Parker, to speak on campus. Parker was slated to speak about poverty, race and social justice.
According to the suit filed, “TAMU officials denied the request because TAC is classified as a social and political student organization and the event involved social, political, and religious content and viewpoints.” As it turns out, other student organizations also classified as political, social or religious in nature were granted the funds requested to bring in their various speakers.
The suit explains that other organizations bearing the same classification as TAC, The NAACP and Muslim Student Association for instance, were granted funding.  TAMU V-day received $800 for a, “self-described feminist speaker on women’s empowerment.”
The Alliance Defense Fund explained:
The university’s policy requires the group to abandon its First Amendment protected right to access funding but does not impose the same requirement on non-political and non-religious student organizations. The policy allows the university to allocate resources at its discretion, without any clearly defined criteria or standards. As a result, the university has the power to unconstitutionally favor the speech of some groups over others.
The campus newspaper, The Battalion, reported, “When an organization submits a request for University funding, there is no appeal process and no public records are available from the decision making process.”  The suit claims violations of TAC’s free speech, equal protection and due process rights.
While the suit has yet to be resolved, it’s incredibly concerning to see this type of flagrant censorship from a university that consistently ranks as one of the most conservative schools in the nation.  As this issue illustrates, university administration and faculty are not always amiable to conservative groups or values.
Recently, Red Alert reported TAMU’s weak-kneed response to liberal groups, once again at the expense of TAC.

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  1. Tawny Jones says:

    When Texas A & M is squishy softie, loony liberal, you have to imagine the majority of other universities are even worse. That’s scary.

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