An Inclusive Litany

3/25/02

West Virginia University, a publicly funded institution, has for a long time maintained two outdoor "free-speech zones," each roughly the size of a classroom. Various people have been punished for engaging in free speech outside the prescribed zones, including a Christian preacher during Gay Pride Week, an anti-Disney protestor during a Disney recruitment seminar, and College Republicans during the school's badly named "Festival of Ideas." Collectively, the zones can accommodate about 150 of the university's 22,000 undergraduates at any time.

[Ed.: After an anti-abortion group successfully sued the University of Houston for the right to demonstrate on campus, the university set up free speech zones that require a ten-day advance registration for any protest.]

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