University decides political displays must be hidden to avoid offending anyone


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The heckler’s veto wins: Southern Methodist University has ruled that all political displays must be moved to a less prominent location to avoid upsetting anyone.

They have initiated this policy by telling a memorial to 9/11 that it must be moved.

Nearly 3,000 flags have been placed on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall Lawn every year since 2010, but the group responsible for the display, Young Americans for Freedom, was recently told it must be moved. University officials told Grant Wolf, who leads SMU’s Young Americans chapter, that the display can be placed only on Morrison-McGinnis Park, a less-prominent campus location informally known as MoMac Park.

In a policy posted in July, SMU stated: “The University respects the right of all members of the SMU community to express their opinions. The University also respects the right of all members of the community to avoid messages that are triggering, harmful or harassing. It is the policy of the University to protect the exercise of these rights.”

The tragedy here is that this is being done at a university, demonstrating once again the bankrupt state of intellectualism. You can’t have free speech if you insist that no one can be offended by it.

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2 comments

  • wayne

    The University apparently updated their statement, and took out the “triggering” stuff. But their hatred of all things American, remains.

    (They have a $1 billion dollar endowment and charge $50K a year for tuition.)

  • Chris

    9/11 flags (not unlike references to the Constitution) are not political.
    These represent a rememberance to an event.
    To deny placing these is to try to deny the event happened.
    (References to the Constitution represent a definition of our government)

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