Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From Students for Liberty dot org

First Amendment Violated on UT Campus
Posted on August 18, 2010 by Andy Fernandez

On Monday August 9, President Obama visited the University of Texas at Austin campus to speak about the state of the economy and education in the United States. Many defenders of liberty in the Austin area came out in droves to spread messages of peace, freedom, and prosperity.

The UT administration and the UTPD did not take too kindly to these demonstrators carrying signs with topics ranging from ending the Federal Reserve to ending wars- both those in the Middle East and the War on Drugs. Four people were arrested and charged with trespassing for protesting or collecting signatures outside of a designated “free speech zone”.

Luckily, Norman Horn of the Libertarian Longhorns was there and he managed to capture two of the four arrests on his video camera. One video is below, the other can be found here.

Of course the whole idea of a “free speech zone” is ridiculous. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…”. By arresting these four people, the UTPD and the UT administration are in clear violation of the United States Constitution and our natural rights of life, liberty, and property that we liberty-minded people hold so dear.

FIRE successfully challenged the constitutionality of the “free speech zones” at the University of North Texas, which resulted in UNT changing its free speech policy.

Norman Horn, the Libertarian Longhorns, the people that were arrested, and the other concerned students and citizens who braved the Texas heat to spread the message of liberty deserve our highest praise and gratitude for helping defend liberty and the Constitution against the tyranny of an always growing government that seeks to regulate and control more and more of our lives everyday.

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