Protesters Banned At Jeff Sessions Lecture On Free Speech


At the Georgetown Law School on Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a blistering speech on what he calls an attack on freedom of speech at universities.

Earlier this year, President Trump suggested UC Berekely's federal taxpayer funding should be pulled should the school continue to prevent conservatives from engaging in free speech on campus. The university is about the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor.

They have all kinds of ways to express their own opinions, but I think every American, no matter what their views on the issues, should stand for America, should salute the flag.

"We are not protesting his free speech", the group wrote in a letter signed by more than two dozen academics.

Citing demonstrations that occurred at Middlebury College in March, when students protested a speech by conservative writer Charles Murray, Mr. Sessions likened the tactics exhibited by some to those used by the Ku Klux Klan. Campuses are "transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos", he added.

"We, the disinvited, find it extraordinarily hypocritical that AG Sessions would lecture future attorneys about the importance of free speech on campus while actively excluding the wider student body", the statement read.

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. The Department of Justice will take what steps we can to make sure that these zones, these colleges don't create limiting zones for our free speech.

On Monday, some students said they got messages informing them they would not be allowed to attend the event, as they were not included on the invitation list drawn up by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law, which is hosting Sessions.

While student reactions to Sessions' comments were mixed, all told News 12 that they value free speech on the Hofstra campus. The protesters were dressed in black. Session said that's a "heckler's veto", which is what happens when a group of protesters gathers to "raise a ruckus before a speaker comes". "It has always been my understanding that the fearless men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest". Probably not the best time for Jeff Sessions to go out there and talk about the freedoms of the First Amendments when his boss is out there attacking people for using those exact freedoms.

"We acknowledge our colleague's right to invite Attorney General Sessions to speak on campus". And Barnett and his organization, of course, are perfectly within their rights to designate a given event as invitation-only or otherwise limit access, particularly where, as here, demand is likely to quickly outpace supply. He responded that he respected everyone's views and their expression in an appropriate fashion, and again called on universities to "push back" against those who would seek to block speech.

Sessions also had a message on free speech for the protesters who were chanting outside the room.

"He should be accountable to everyone in this country, let alone on this campus", she said.