The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has awarded Mississippi State University the ‘Green Light’ rating for MSU’s free speech policies. I’m pleased to report that That School Up North also has a FIRE green light. So here in Mississippi we have two, of only 15 colleges and universities in the United States of America, which protect– and dare I say? promote– free speech.
Keep reading to see the full list. Most surprising– to me… .*
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
From Mississippi State University Dean of Students Thomas Bourgeois on the changed light color:
“We’re preparing students for a global marketplace and being able to work in a diverse environment,” Bourgeois said. “By ‘diverse,’ I don’t just mean race; I mean socioeconomic, political (and) religious (standing), all of the above. To be able to do that, you need to be able to provide an environment where students, faculty and staff can exercise free speech (and) talk about differences in a civil manner.”
Teach young adults to “talk about differences in a civil manner”– what a crappy old idea!
The full text of the article at Starkvegas Starkville Daily News, from which the quote comes, is here.