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Week of October 30, 2023

Week of October 30, 2023
Posted: Oct 26, 2023
Categories: Poll Questions
Comments: 26

Topic: College Campus Demonstrations Protected by First Amendment

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Are the demonstrations taking place on college campuses following the Hamas attack on Israel protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

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26 comments on article "Week of October 30, 2023"

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Margaret (Peggy) Smetana, 10/27/2023 10:43 AM

The protests are covered by the First Amendment Freedom of Speech. However, violence is not protected. Threats to Jews and to those supporting Israel is not protected.

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Ceil Wasserman, 10/27/2023 11:37 AM

Unfortunately, yes. These students, (if they are students) have the right. But are they US students. If they are here on a Visa, they should be deported immediately

and their Visas revoked, permanently.

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Linda, 10/27/2023 11:51 AM

Unfortunately yes. These students have been so indoctrinated on college campuses they really don’t understand what is happening. Too much foreign money is being accepted by colleges.

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Linda Petrou, 10/27/2023 12:50 PM

Unfortunately yes. That is the beauty of our first amendment - it protects all speech, even speech we don't like. Only caveat is that speech that leads to violence is not protected. No other country in the world has this protection.

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Mary Miller, 10/27/2023 12:58 PM

NO, it can be seen as aiding and abetting the enemy. Hamas is backed by Iran and Iran just threatened us on our own soil. At the UN Iran stated that if Israel did not stop, then they would attack the U.S. These so called protests have turned violent several times. That is NOT freedom of speech.

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Margie Palmer, 10/27/2023 2:16 PM

Yes, their opinion and the right to voice it publicly is protected HOWEVER if any threat of violence is made they should be immediately arrested and these 'demonstrations' should absolutely not be supported by colleges, especially any that accept tax dollars, whether state or federal.

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Janie, 10/27/2023 3:12 PM

Yes. Free speech. But NOT the violence, property damage, bullying, threats, physical lock-ins, intimidations, and support by professional, tenured teachers and university professors.

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Vicki Paris Goodman, 10/27/2023 3:57 PM

I was about to answer YES. Then I realized the classic example of a reasonable limitation on free speech is falsely yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, due to the danger of trampling people in an effort to get out. Isn’t this similar? Calling for the killing of Jews? So No, this shouldn’t be protected free speech.

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Charlene Shuping, 10/27/2023 10:31 PM

Yes, our Constitution allows them to speak. It does not allow them to destroy even one slip of paper. If the students are found to be guests in our country they should be immediately returned to their country of origin. No one should be forced to reside in a country they do not approve of and our wonderful country needs to help them be where they are welcome - which is NOT in AMERICA.

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Jennifer Nelson, 10/28/2023 12:44 AM

I agree with the above however, I believe it is time for the government and our tax money to get out of the colleges who do not come out and condemn these protestors and then remove the protestors from the school for good. Not only should they not be offered a place of employment but also not graduate from these schools

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YK Wisconsin, 10/28/2023 12:38 PM

Yes, they have a constitutional right to protest.

What we are seeing, however, is the left's agenda going back 50 years as they began to take over our colleges and universities promoting antisemitism.coming to fruition. These young people have been indoctrinated with lies and not the truth of the history of Palestine and Israel.

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Sabra Ladd, 10/28/2023 2:02 PM

These protests are probably legally protected by first amendment rights, but SHOULD NOT be because they are actually TRAITORS who are protesting in support of our enemies: Iran, Hamas and Hezbolla (Sp?)!!!

USA is in serious trouble!

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Nancy Hicks, 10/30/2023 8:43 AM

I agree with many of the other responders that the protests, in and of themselves, are legal and protected by our first amendment rights. However, all of the violence that has occurred is NOT Legal and the people involved should be arrested. What I don't understand is the behavior of the college presidents and teachers who are supporting this violence. I am pleased that many financial support is being withdrawn.

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Carol [Florida], 10/30/2023 12:54 PM

"“While American citizens may have a First Amendment right to speak disgusting vitriol if they so choose, no foreign national has a right to advocate for terrorism in the United States,” Cotton wrote in a letter."

October 16, 2023

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas


Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. 20528

Dear Secretary Mayorkas,

I write to urge you to immediately deport any foreign national—including and especially any alien on a student visa—that has expressed support for Hamas and its murderous attacks on Israel. These fifth-columnists have no place in the United States.

Federal law is clear that any alien who “endorses or espouses terrorist activity or persuades others to endorse or espouse terrorist activity or support a terrorist organization”1 is inadmissible and must be deported. Swiftly removing and permanently barring from future reentry any foreign student who signed onto or shared approvingly the anti-Semitic letter from the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee on October 7 would be a good place to start. The appalling explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States over the past few weeks should disturb anyone who shares American values. While American citizens may have a First Amendment right to speak disgusting vitriol if they so choose, no foreign national has a right to advocate for terrorism in the United States.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.



Tom Cotton

United States Senator

1 Immigration and Nationality Act, § 212, 8 U.S.C. § 1182.


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gg, 10/31/2023 2:56 AM

no foreign national has a right to advocate for terrorism in the United States.

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Carol [Florida], 11/2/2023 4:16 AM

Discussion about speech covered under the First Amendment

Matt Long and Pastor Greg discuss what does free speech look like and is what we are seeing at places like Cooper Union and in Birmingham free speech or acts of war? Do we wait till they are in our homes or do we ask for this to stop now?

Watch: [start at 4 minute mark]

Listen: 10/31 - Palestinian Protesters and Free speech? Pastor Greg helps us draw a line on Free Speech. PLUS - Rules of War? [start from 23:48 mark]

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Amy Wolff, 11/3/2023 11:35 AM

Calling for violence is not a First Amendment right. Let's replace the players and ponder what would happen if this were the KKK calling for the deaths of others? How would that be handled by police and politicians? The same as Hamas sympathizers? Just wondering....

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Joseph, 11/7/2023 4:28 AM

The demonstrations taking place on college campuses following the Hamas attack on Israel are generally protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. However, there are exceptions to this protection, such as when speech incites violence or constitutes a true threat. It is important to note that while individuals have the right to express their opinions and beliefs, they do not have the right to engage in violent or disruptive behavior. Additionally, universities may impose reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on protests to ensure public safety and minimize disruption to campus activities. I read these compelling topics. I recommend that you check it out.

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