The Campus Newspaper, The Diamondback, captured one student's outrage about the posters:
"There is a difference between free speech and hate speech," said government and politics and Spanish language and literature major Sana Javed, who helped to organize Palestinian Solidarity Week. "They were an irrelevant commentary on Islam, but we were talking about politics."One wonders what "government and politics major" Sana Javed thinks of the First Amendment? Her last quote in the student newspaper is: "We want a campus of tolerance."
Here is the line from University of Maryland Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement:
There's such a thing as free speech. But when you post things anonymously and make others feel threatened, that's not free speech.This whole episode is discussed by Law Professor Eugene Volokh, at this location. Responding to what he calls the "customary quote about the 'difference between free speech and hate speech,'" Professor Volokh writes:
No, there is no such difference under First Amendment law. Nor does First Amendment law draw a distinction between "commentary on Islam" (or Christianity or Judaism or atheism or whatever else) and "talking about politics," since much commentary on religion is commentary on politics.Free speech doesn't mean I have to agree with you, or you have to agree with me. Lets get a grip, please.
Regards -- Cliff