Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned US colleges for limiting provocative speeches on campuses even as he defended President Donald Trump's attacks on NFL players for protesting during the national anthem.
Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General, vowed on Tuesday to aggressively crack down on political correctness at American universities, saying free speech was "under attack".
"The students will then remove the duct tape to voice questions they would like to ask the attorney general over a megaphone". He announced that the Justice Department will support the court case brought by a Christian student at a state college in Georgia who alleges that his ability to proselytize has been restricted by the school. "Absolutely not", said Normal Gabriel.
Across the country, controversial speakers - many of them conservative - have cancelled events on college campuses or have been met with protests.
"Freedom of thought and speech are under attack", Sessions said. 'I guess it's up to the owners and the people who create these games and pay for the ball fields to decide what you can do on a ball field'.
"Things have changed over the years; there are some things you can't say that are offensive", said Tosin Ibironke.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hellbent on defending the freedom of speech ― sometimes. He reserved particular vitriol for left-wing activists, comparing demonstrators at Middlebury College - where violent protests broke out in March over a talk by conservative social scientist Charles Murray - to the "detestable Ku Klux Klan". "The right of free speech does not exist to protect the speech we all want to agree on". The attorney general said he believed Warren had the right to read the letter and defended the strength of debate in the US Senate. However, the Center later claimed that seats for the event would only go to students who'd attended past Center for the Constitution events, or who were enrolled in one of the classes taught by the Center's director, Randy Barnett.
At his appearance, Sessions is expected to address the issue of free speech on college campuses. "To the students who might be faint or something if he spoke there".
Sessions cited cases of students being stopped from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution, which administrators deemed "provocative" literature, as well as the proliferation of campus speech codes and "free speech zones" that limit how and where students can exercise their First Amendment rights.
Sessions' speech, which focused on First Amendment rights, came amid President Trump's rants against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, suggesting in a tweet on Tuesday that the NFL should establish rules barring players from kneeling.
More than 100 students, professors, and DC locals protested the event itself, with some choosing to kneel, echoing the controversial National Football League protests this weekend.
The event was hosted by a center at the school, and they handled the invitations, according to a law school spokeswoman. "And I think it's important as a university for us to ensure that all ideas are heard". Given limited capacity, she said, the school's policy has held that the hosting organization determines the guest list.