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Peter Scheer
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Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition, dedicated to free speech and open government
Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition, dedicated to free speech and open government

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My latest column joins the debate on college students practicing intolerance at the same time that they decry it.


". . .College students always say and do stupid things; it goes with the territory. But today's students' equating of hurt feelings with scarring wounds is a departure that leads to dangerous overreaction. When unwelcome ideas are decried in the language of pain and injury, the impulse to suppress them -- rather than to challenge and debate them -- can be irresistible. This is so because protection of students' personal welfare always trumps other considerations -- even intellectual diversity and freedom of speech. . . ."

The full article: http://goo.gl/QSh6NZ

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My latest column joins the debate about whining college students at elite schools who practice intolerance at the same time they complain about it.

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For those of you in the Bay Area, the First Amendment Coalition this evening presents a panel discussion on police conduct in the era of YouTube scrutiny, a live (and lively) debate on the official secrecy surrounding law enforcement, with a focus on police in California. The program, “Pulling Back the Blue Curtain,” will be at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, 5:30-7:30pm. 

Free admission. More information on our website. Hope to see you there!

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Silas (in the middle) graduates from Colorado College.
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I don't often find myself in agreement with Supreme Court Justice Scalia, but at a commencement address this week at William & Mary Law School, he had this to say about the first amendment:

<<In more than a few law schools, including some of the most prestigious (the University of Chicago, for example), it is possible to graduate without ever having studied the First Amendment. Can someone really call himself an American lawyer who has that gap in his compendious knowledge of the law? And can a society that depends so much upon lawyers for shaping public perceptions and preserving American traditions regarding the freedom of speech and religion, afford so ignorant a bar?>>

Amen to that.

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My latest column is a critique of the EU high court's decision against Google. Even well-intentioned censorship is still censorship.

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For those of you in California, the June 4 statewide election includes a ballot initiative, Prop 42, concerning local government transparency and accountability. It's complicated, but deserving of your support. In this editorial endorsement, I try to explain Prop 42 and respond to critics.

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Our simple 3-point proposal for government's management of public officials' email and for protecting citizens' access to those records

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Listening to the surreptitiously-recorded conversation between octogenarian Donald Sterling and his much younger girlfriend, I felt doubly sickened: first, by the casual racism of Sterling's comments; and second, by my own participation in an invasion of privacy on a truly massive scale. We are experiencing viral voyeurism.
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