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The fight for free speech
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As I have often reported, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) continually fights in the courts and media to protect the free speech rights of students and faculty on college campuses -- no matter their politics or religion (or absence of any).However, much remains for FIRE to do to educate students on why and how they are Americans. Earlier this month, that defender of America's most primal identity warned:"As millions of college students arrive on campus this fall -- many for the first time -- few of them realize that nearly 59 percent of our nation's colleges maintain policies that clearly and substantially restrict speech protected by the First Amendment."A particularly startling example of the cult of censorship among many college administrators is a Sept. 5 email message to University of California-Berkeley students, faculty and staff from chancellor Nicholas Dirks. He began by noting it is the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary Free Speech Movement by University of California students.

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