Opinion To fight antisemitism on campuses, we must restrict speechHer college, Penn, along with Harvard, have been rated as the two worst with free speech. She and her department are working to fire a distinguished tenured professor, for her political opinions.
By Claire O. Finkelstein
Claire O. Finkelstein is Algernon Biddle professor of law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the school’s Open Expression Committee and chair of the law school’s committee on academic freedom. ...
This is because the value of free speech has been elevated to a near-sacred level on university campuses.
First, Penn, like Harvard and MIT, is a private institution, and as such it is not bound by the First Amendment. In my experience, Penn has never actually followed the First Amendment, even to a close approximation. The same goes for other amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Penn also does not follow the Second Amendment; if it did, our campus would be a war zone, especially given our apparent embrace of hate speech!Firsts she says that free speech is at "a near-sacred level", and then admits that is not even close to offering First Amendment protections.
The comment about guns is also bizarre, as about half of Americans have guns, and most states allow almost anyone to carry one. Is Penn really a hotbed of murderers who cannot be trusted with the same rights as other Americans?
That underscores the point: With or without the First Amendment, calls for genocide against Jews — or even proxies for such sentiments, such as calling for intifada against Jews or the elimination of Israel by chanting “from the river to the sea” — are, in the present context, calls for violence against a discrete ethnic or religious group. Such speech arguably incites violence, frequently inspires harassment of Jewish students and, without question, creates a hostile environment that can impair the equal educational opportunities of Jewish students.No. Those chanting “from the river to the sea” are objecting to Israel being a Jewish ethnostate, and are not much different from those objecting to the USA being a White Christian ethnostate. But Penn rewards those who favor White genocide.
The crisis of antisemitism in our universities mirrors the crisis in our democracy. Isn’t it time for university presidents to rethink the role that open expression and academic freedom play in the educational mission of their institutions?What is she talking about? What is the crisis in our democracy?
This was followed by President Trump’s repeated baseless claims of “election fraud,” leading up to Jan. 6, when an angry mob invaded the U.S. Capitol Building during the counting of the Electoral College votes and sought to halt the certification as well as to do violence to the vice president and the speaker of the House, among others. We do not address here whether Trump was criminally responsible for the events of that day, though emerging evidence increasingly suggests direct White House involvement. ...She has Trump Derangement Syndrome. There are some arguments that Trump exceeded his authority while President, but no more than Obama or Biden.
If there is one enduring truth that has emerged from the Trump presidency, it is that unfettered presidential power poses a profound threat to U.S. democracy.
This is one of the worst op-eds I have seen. It is hard to imagine anyone but a Jewish female law professor saying things so stupid.