The University of Florida has issued a statement defending its egregious violations of the First Amendment and basic principles of academic freedom that I would call “Orwellian” except that it’s not even clever enough to be effective propaganda:
This statement is hilariously stupid. "You have the freedom of expression, unless the university or the governor thinks what you're saying is bad, or you're being compensated for professional services" oh well that's fine then pic.twitter.com/BY0kMvQIpX— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 30, 2021
"At the University of Florida, our faculty have the right to take any position on voting rights, as long as it's in opposition"— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 30, 2021
Admitting that your attempt to prevent faculty from lending their expertise to judicial proceedings is content-based is in, ah, interesting strategy:
Our statement on the University of Florida decision to prevent professors from testifying in a voting rights lawsuit:https://t.co/DAHjP6iSKg #freespeech #academicfreedom pic.twitter.com/MVA29JN4fr— FIRE (@TheFIREorg) October 30, 2021
I assume the Intellectual Horse Paste Web is anxiously scouring the letters section of the Oberlin student newspaper to find some inane bullshit to WhatAbout in response to this.