Shibley is concerned -- and rightly so -- that a new law would "attempt to ban speech that is protected by the First Amendment." Wouldn't be the first time a student code of conduct was used to stifle politically incorrect speech. In 2007, a San Francisco State University student board filed a complaint against conservative students who held an "anti-terrorism rally" -- at which they stepped on Hamas and Hezbollah flags -- because they exhibited "hateful religious intolerance."
When I mentioned that Rutgers already has the policies Lautenberg advocated, spokeswoman Gail Ribas responded, "It would be a national law."
No, it would be a national imposition. It would be another feel-good bill that a headline-happy senator offered without appearing to have asked himself whether the law would be redundant, necessary or likely to help. Like so much that comes out of Washington these days, it would be clutter.