The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is simple.  The government cannot ban free speech.  It is not allowed.  Period.  So what does the Departments of Justice and Education want to do on college campuses?  Ban speech.  Implement speech codes.  I refer to the letter sent to the University of Minnesota which would ban any speech that people might find offensive.  As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education noted, the letter misquotes the Supreme Court decision in Davis v. Monroe Cnty. Bd. of Educ., 526 U.S. 629 (1999).  Davis required that offensive speech be “severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive.” Id. at 633.  The government changed that language to “severe and pervasive”, completely omitting the objective standard.

This could have major chilling effects on speech at college campuses, where the free and unfettered exchange of ideas is the professed norm.

Are you offended by discussion of sex?  Out go the Vagina Monologues, Human Sexuality classes, Biology classes, etc.  Dating?  Not allowed, since to ask someone for a date could be an “unwelcome” sexual advance.

The "free speech zone" at the 2004 D...

A typical “free speech zone” under the Obama administration, this one at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Obama administration should be ashamed of itself, and should look back at the view of the founders of the Democratic Party.

“To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.”  Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Green Mumford (1799).