the question comes down to whether a school may, in the absence of concern about disruption of educational activities, punish and censor non-disruptive, off-campus speech by students during school-authorized activities
because the speech promotes a social message contrary to the one favored by the school. The answer under controlling, long-existing precedent is plainly "No."
The district court reasoned that Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, as opposed to Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, governed Frederick's speech. We disagree.
Per Saturday's (3/11/06) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=407511
"The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Friday unanimously approved a policy that allows resident assistants throughout the system to host Bible study in their dorms."
There are several news releases from the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents that discuss the new policy as affirmed by the UW Board of Regents Education Committee on Thursday, and approved by the full UW Board of Regents on Friday.
(1) http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2006/r060309b.htm , which indicates (down the page under "Education Committee") that the UW Board of Regents Education Committee approved the new RA "activities" policy on Thursday 3/9/06.
(see http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2006/r060301.htm for a press release dated March 1 from the UW Board of Regents describing the new policy).
(2) http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2006/r060310.htm , dated Friday 3/10/06, which indicates that "Resident assistants in the UW System have the same rights to lead or participate in activities on campus as other students, under a policy affirmed Friday by the full Board of Regents." (It is the second story from the top of the page.)
The actions taken by the UW Board of Regents this week appear to mark the conclusion of the UW-Eau Claire RA Bible Study controversy that has been discussed thoroughly in the MSM and the blogosphere. It is thanks to elected Wisconsin state and local officials, as well as independent organizations such as FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education -- link to its discussion of the UW-Eau Claire Bible Study case here), that this issue was resolved in an appropriate and serious fashion.
Bush's trusted chief domestic policy adviser, twice nominated to the court of appeals, a very religious man who preached abstinence and had a reputation as being "holier than thou," was in fact repeatedly stealing retail items from Target at night using a simple "refund" fraud scheme.
It's not particularly surprising that a Marxist philosopher would think we place undue emphasis on the Constitution.
...In the past week, the State Department created an Iran desk. Last year, only two people in the department worked full time on Iran; now there will be 10....
I too, like F1, though I never get to see it. Is it even broadcast on US cable?
I later became a Gerhard Berger fan (RIP).
You mean nobody cares about F1 other than me? How distressing...
You mean that key you hit to bring up the help screen? Kinda nice to have I suppose, but "care" about it might be overstating things.