2009


Manufacturing Outrage

San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfchron.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/04/30/violetblue0430.DTL

There is however, a much larger problem emerging out of all of this. According to Acting Director, UC Berkeley's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic Jason Schultz:

This case touches on an important intersection between free speech and our rights to equal protection under the law. While governments may not be required to fund any and all speech, once they promise general benefits such as job training to particular groups or individuals, the decision then to take those benefits away because of the nature of a recipient's speech raises some serious constitutional concerns. Just as whistle blower laws prohibit firing employees who speak out against unlawful violations by their employers, we must be careful not to allow governments to punish people because they disagree with their message.

4/30/2009