Shut Up, They Explained
Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at a bill in Minnesota that would have caused many of my classmates back in my school days to stand mute.
use of one or a series of words, images, or actions, transmitted directly or indirectly between individuals or through technology, that a reasonable person knows or should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of interfering with the ability of an individual, including a student who observes the conduct, to participate in a safe and supportive learning environment. Examples of bullying may include, but are not limited to, conduct that:
- places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to person or property, including through intimidation;
- has a detrimental effect on the physical, social, or emotional health of a student;
- interferes with a student’s educational performance or ability to participate in educational opportunities;
- encourages the deliberate exclusion of a student from a school service, activity, or privilege;
- creates or exacerbates a real or perceived imbalance of power between students;
- violates the reasonable expectation of privacy of one or more individuals; or
- relates to the actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, sex, age, marital status, familial status, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, academic status, disability, or status with regard to public assistance, age, or any additional characteristic defined in chapter 363A of a person or of a person with whom that person associates, but the conduct does not rise to the level of harassment.
Go here to read the rest. This is being done under the rubric of anti-bullying, that movement by the forces of gay intolerance to make certain that kids are taught early and often which group has the whip hand currently in our body politic. Kids of course have no freedom of speech at school, nor should they since they are not adults and they are there to learn and not to mouth off, but we see in this bill precisely the same type of legislation that most Leftists in this country are eager to impose on adults if they had the political strength to do so. The Whatcott decision by the Canadian Supreme Court, read about it here, is their dream. Unless we are very vigilant in this country one day we will wake up and find that the Bill of Rights is merely a quaint historical artifact by Dead White Males, and of no consequence as to how we will be hereafter required by the authorities to lead our lives.