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Georgetown law professors kneel in protest at Jeff Sessions speech

Georgetown law professors kneel in protest at Jeff Sessions speech

NPR reports there were empty seats inside the auditorium during Sessions' speech. People have a right to register their opinions, to protest, to criticize in any number of ways.

"In this great land", Sessions also said, "the government does not get to tell you what to think or what to say".

He repeated the well-touted right-wing talking point that universities are becoming Stalinist "shelter [s] for fragile egos".

But that left the nation's top law enforcement officer open to questions about the free-speech rights of National Football League players, who Trump has condemned in recent days for kneeling during the national anthem to demand racial equality and to protest the treatment of minority citizens by police.

"It is extraordinarily hypocritical that AG Sessions wants to lecture future attorneys about the importance of free speech on campus while excluding the wider student body from his very own "safe space, '" said Daniel Blauser, president of the campus" chapter of the American Constitution Society.

The president does not, as an arm of the US government, have the right to prevent NFL players from expressing dissent during the national anthem, as they are protected by the very free speech rights to which Sessions referred. Doocy argued that it hasn't been all sides whose free speech rights are "suffocated".

He argued the players were, in effect, "denigrating" symbols of the U.S., and noted that while players wouldn't be subject to prosecution, they could expect condemnation for taking "provocative" actions.

With his speech, Sessions waded into a controversial and sometimes violent campus debate.

Free speech discussion will continue beyond Sessions' appearance, as GULC Dean William Treanor announced a communitywide town hall on the event to take place Friday afternoon.

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Yiannopoulos attempted to speak at Berkeley in February, but it was shut down by masked protesters who rioted on campus. Instead of stadiums, though, Sessions focused on college campuses.

Thus, the narrative extends, also, to free speech; expressing a specific belief oppresses those who hold a contrary view and, so, speech is likened to an offensive weapon.

Mr. Sessions pointed to a lawsuit filed against Pierce College, a community college in Los Angeles, as an example of a free-speech zone gone awry.

Earlier this year, President Trump suggested UC Berekely's federal taxpayer funding should be pulled should the school continue to prevent conservatives from engaging in free speech on campus.

Some say these protests are constricting the First Amendment, while others say they're rallying against hate speech.

Alicia Plerhoples, one of the Georgetown Law professors who signed the letter of protest, explained their position to BuzzFeed News in an email. But, so, I think they have all the rights every American does to speak out.

Inside the hall where Sessions spoke, a line of attendees sitting near the back stood up as the attorney general concluded his address.

PEN America said it agreed with combating political correctness but added that Mr. Sessions' review of policies against free speech seemed skewed toward incidents involving conservatives.