Chickenhawks in Spartantown; Backbone in Bobcatville

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the 12 worst schools - for free speech - are almost all located in the Northeast Corridor.

Figures UMass/Amherst would be in the top 5.

Michigan State University also made the list due to MSU's oddball email policy. It reads: "The University's e-mail services are not intended as a forum for the expression of personal opinions."

Pick Outdoor, a billboard company, rejected FIRE's ad protesting the Spartan's repressive speech codes. It was to be displayed near the campus.

On the other hand: The statist Charlotte Observer defended the right of a group of white nationalists to hold a confab in their town. From the editorial page: "The First Amendment's protections of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are meaningless if they do not protect speech that most of society despises. The way to counter offensive ideas is to a) ignore them or b) contrast them with your own, better ideas, not ban them."

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