Now, the Student Senate has unanimously passed a pro-free speech resolution repudiating that of the Faculty Senate. The text of the resolution follows:
WHEREAS the right to free speech is an inalienable human and civil right that is protected by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of
WHEREAS free speech is absolutely vital to the mission of any university, where new and often controversial ideas must be discussed openly and rationally in order to make advances in knowledge;
WHEREAS the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama has recently passed a resolution urging the University of Alabama to regulate the speech of students at the University of Alabama;
WHEREAS speech codes have been used by other colleges and universities to silence dissenting speech, not merely so-called ?hate speech?, and to persecute those with unpopular opinions;
WHEREAS there are currently numerous legal challenges pending against such speech codes, and the adoption of such a speech code at the University of Alabama would invite a lawsuit against the University that would be costly and would greatly tarnish its public image;
WHEREAS in the words of Thomas Jefferson, ?Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it?;
WHEREAS by defending free speech for all students, one in no way condones any kind of hate or intolerance; On the contrary, one is promoting tolerance of others despite their differences, especially their differences of opinion;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the University of Alabama Student Senate most strongly urges the Administration and the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama to refrain from adopting any form of speech code, even one that purports to ban only so-called ?hate speech?;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the University of Alabama Student Senate most strongly urges the Administration and the Faculty Senate to adopt policies that explicitly protect free speech for all students at the University of Alabama;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT copies of this resolution also be sent to Dr.
Robert Witt, President of the University of Alabama, Dr. John Mason, President of the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa News, the Crimson White and Dateline Alabama for informational purposes.
Clearly, a new civil war is underway on America?s college campuses. It is a war between sensible freedom-loving students and politically correct freedom-hating professors. But UA President Robert Witt (http://president.ua.edu/) has not yet taken sides in this new civil war. How much longer will he remain silent? The whole world is waiting for the answer.
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