Students protest US Attorney General speech at Georgetown

Students protest US Attorney General speech at Georgetown

Students protest US Attorney General speech at Georgetown

At Georgetown, the faculty, staff and students have "broad latitude to invite speakers", said Georgetown Law spokeswoman Tanya Weinberg in an emailed statement.

"The president has free speech rights, too", Sessions said.

Some conservative students countered this claim, stating that the attorney general has as much the right to speak to law students as any other guest speaker.

Sessions further discussed the measures Berkely took to manage the conservative event on campus.

Sessions has remained fairly neutral in the campus free speech debate up until this point. "Because it weakens the commitment we have to this nation that has provided us this freedom".

Protestors' signs hung along the exit and along the halls outside of the auditorium where the event was held. Such an objection, however, is disingenuous on many levels.

The Attorney General also strongly defended the president for speaking out on the issue. "But I don't think anyone is suppressing our freedom of speech".

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Some of the protesters told media they had been guaranteed seats to Sessions' speech, but were later disinvited.

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"It seemed like they were rescinding those invites because they didn't want any sort of hostile environment, and I can understand not wanting to have a violent environment, but that's not at all what we were trying to do", Greyson Wallis, a Georgetown law student, told The Washington Post. "But the right of free speech does not exist only to protect the ideas upon which most agree at a given moment in time".

Georgetown is grappling with its own issues related to free speech on campus.

"The freedom of every individual player is paramount under the Constitution". Everyone who accumulates wealth does so by denying it to someone else. "We should have a role in deciding who comes to our school".

In his prepared remarks, Sessions also plans to question who is deciding what is "offensive" and what is "acceptable". Their opinions are benevolent and, therefore, deserving of protection; opposing views are malevolent and should be silenced.

Sessions cited a recent survey of 450 colleges and universities that showed "40 percent maintain speech codes that substantially infringe on constitutionally protected speech". He pointed to an incident at Middlebury College in Vermont as an example. And, yet, school administrators bend to this behaviour. Drawing upon a Supreme Court ruling from a 1963 case, Watson v. City of Memphis, Sessions quoted, "constitutional rights may not be denied simply because of hostility to their assertion or exercise".

"It's a significant problem, but 90 percent of schools don't use free speech zones and the sky hasn't fallen", said Joe Cohn, the foundation's legislative and policy director.

Sessions spoke specifically about a public college in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he said a state official had students jailed for handing out copies of the United States Constitution previous year.

The former Alabama senator said President Donald Trump is "exactly right" in his heated criticism of the protests, adding that the National Football League should make standing during "The Star-Spangled Banner" a formal rule.

They added, "This kind of government chilling of speech is precisely what the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is meant to prevent".

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