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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 26, Issue 9

The Stony Brook Press - Volume 26, Issue 9

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a s
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o f
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w ro te
t o
U .S .G .
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n iz e s
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fo rm er
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cam pus,
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m uch
e v e ry
c lu b
a n d
o rg a n i-
z a tio n
o n
cam pus
w o u ld
h a v e
t o
answ er
t o
th is
C O R E ."
T he
U n d e rg ra d u a te
S tu d e n t
G overnm ent
c re a te d
a
s u b c o m m itte e ,
c o n s is tin g
o fS y e d
a n d .
R u s tu m
N y q u is t
a n d
c h a ire d
b y
S y e d ,
t o
fin d
a
w ay
t o
fu n d
re lig io u s
c lu b s
a n d
o rg a n iz a tio n s
w ith in
th e
s c o p e
o fth e
U .S .G .C o n s titu tio n
c o n -
s is te n tw ith
s ta te
a n d
fe d e ra l law s,a c c o rd in g
t o
a l-S h a re ffi.
S o o n
a fte r,
a
b ill
e n title d
"C O R E
L aw s"
w as
in tro d u c e d
t o
th e
S e n a te ;
th is
b ill,
s o u rc e s
s a y ,
w as
w ritte n
w ith o u t
N y q u is t's
k n o w le d g e
b y
S y e d
a n d
p o ssi-
b ly
a
th ird
p a rty .
T he
b ill
p a s s e d
th e
S e n a te
b y
a
n a rro w
m arg in
a n d
w as
n o t
v e to e d
b y
U .S ..G
P re s id e n tJ a r e d
W ong.
A s
s o o n
a s
C O R E
w as
e s ta b lis h e d
b y
U .S .G .,
S y e d
becam e
i t s
c h a irm a n .
T h e
P ressh a s
b e e n
u n a b le
t o
le a rn
w ho,
i fa n y o n e ,
w as
s e le c te d
t o
w ork
w ith
him ,
a s
th e
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L aw s
re q u ire d .
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S e n a te
e s ta b lis h e d
C O R E
t o
a llo c a te
fu n d in g
fro m
th e
S tu d e n t:
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F ee
am ong
le g itim a te
cam pus
re lig io u s
g ro u p s;
how -
e v e r,
S y e d
p e rv e rte d
th e
C O R E
L aw s
t o
c o n tro l
a ll
cam pus
c lu b s
a n d
o rg a n iz a tio n s .
S y e d 's
e g o
th ro u g h o u t
th is
m a tte ri s
e v id e n tfro m
h is
d e s -
ig n a tio n
o f
g ro u p s
s e e k in g
fu n d in g
n o t
a s
" a p p lic a n ts "
b u t
a s
" s u p p li-
c a n ts ,"
d e fin e d
b y
P r in c e to n
U n iv e r s ity 's
W ordN et
a s
" o n e
p ra y in g
h u m b ly
fo r
som e-
th in g ."
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C O R E
L aw s,
a s
e n a c te d ,
a llo w
C O R E
t o
d e e m
a n y
c lu b
o r
o rg a n iz a tio n
a
" re lig io u s
e n tity ,"
b rin g in g
th a t
c lu b
o r
o rg a n iz a tio n
u n d e r
C O R E 's
c o n tro l,
a n d
w ith
S y e d
a s
a t
i t s
h e a d ,
C O R E
d e c la re d
its e lf
i n
c o m p le te
c o n tro l
o v e r
a n y
c lu b
o r o rg a n iz a tio n
i t deem ed
s u c h
a n
e n tity ,
e ffe c tiv e ly
g iv in g
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c o m p le te
c o n tro l
o v e r
v irtu a lly
a ll
cam pus
c lu b s .
S y e d
d id
n o t
s to p
th e re .
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C O R E 's
f i r s t
o ffic ia l
a c tio n ,
h e
d e c la re d
U .S .G .
ac lu b
s u b je c tt o
C O R E 's
a u th o r-
ity .
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a
le tte r
t o
U .S .G .P r e s i d e n t
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a s
C h a irm a n
o fC O R E ,
w ro te
"C O R E
h e re b y
re c -
o g n iz e s
U n d e rg ra d u a te
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(U S G )
a sb e lo n g in g
t o
a tle a s to n e
o f th e
fo llo w -
in g
c a te g o rie s ;
[a ]
C O R E
c lu b ,
o rg a n iz a tio n ,
a g e n c y ,
b o d y ,
[o r]
s e r v ic e
p ro v id e r.
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th e
pow er
v e s t e d
i n
m e,
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r e c o g n iz e s
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a n d
i t
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h en ce-
fo r th
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th a t
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fu lly
a b id e
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th e
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c a n
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i t 's
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th a t
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n o t
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t o
h e lp
c lu b s
b u t
in s te a d
t o
g iv e
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c e rta in
p o w e r,"
s a id
a l-S h a re ffi.
a l-S h a re ffi
a n d
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s e e in g
th a tC O R E
h a d
e ffe c tiv e ly
o v e rth ro w n
th e
le g itim a te
s tu d e n t
g o v e rn m e n t,
file d
a
W rit
o fJ u d ic ia l
R e lie f
w ith
th e
U .S .G .
S u p re m e
C o u rt,
s e e k in g
t o
p re v e n t
" th e
enforcem ent
o fth e
C O R E
L aw s
u n til
s u c h
tim e
a s
th e
U SG
J u d ic ia ry
h e a rs
th ec a s e
b e fo re
i t
a n d
re n d e rs
a
ju d g e m e n t."
T he
S u p re m e
C o u rt
is s u e d
th e
in ju n c tio n ,
s u s p e n d in g
C O R E
u n til
v a c a n c ie s
i n
th e
c o u rt
c a n
b e
fille d
a n d
th e
c a s e
c a n
b e
d e c id e d .
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t o
a l-
S h a re ffi,
" in
e v e ry
h e a rin g
in
e v e ry
c a s e ,
th e
re s p o n d e n t,
w ho
i n
th is
c a s e
i s
M r.
S y e d
a n d
th e
U .S .G .
S e n a te ,h a v en e v e r
s e n ta n y
re p re s e n ta tiv e
t o
th e
U .S .G . S u p re m e
C o u rt."
A c tin g
w ith
S y e d
i s
S e n a to r
A n d re w
T hom pson.
T he
tw o
w o rk e d
n o t
o n ly
t o
b rin g
dow n
U .S .G .,
b u t
t o
fo rc e
o u tin d iv id u a l
m em -
b e rs
o fth e
s tu d e n tg o v e rn m e n t,
a n d
w eaken,
if
n o td e s t r o y ,
v a rio u s
s tu d e n t
g ro u p s.
A c c o rd in g
t o
B ill
L e w is ,
w ho
p a rtic ip a te d
i n
m any
o f
S y e d 's
m e e tin g s
a n d
h a s
in ti-
m ate
k n o w le d g e
o f
th e
in n e r
w o rk in g s
o f
th e
c o n s p ira c y
h e a d e d
b y
S y e d ,
in c lu d in g
p la n n in g
m any
o f
th e
s p e c ific
a c tio n s
ta k e n ,
" I r f a n
S y e d
is ,
a n d
w as,
th e
o n e
i n
to ta l
c o n -
tro lo f h isfig h t w ithU .S .G .
H is
num ber
tw o
m an
i s
A n d re w
T hom pson.
B a s ic a lly
p u t,
n o
o n e ,
u n d e r
a n y
circum stances,
i s
a llo w e d
t o
d o
a n y th in g
w ith -
o u t
th e
e x p re s s
c o n s e n t
a n d
perm ission
o f
I r f a n
S y e d .
N o
b ills
a re
a llo w e d
t o
b e
p a s s e d ,
n o
frie n d s h ip s
o ra c q u a in ta n c -
e s
a re
a llo w e d
t o
b e
m ade,
n o
s o c ia l
g a th e rin g s
a re
a llo w e d
t o
b ea tte n d e d
w ith
a n y o n e
w ho
h a s
a n ya s s o c ia tio n
w ithU .S .G .,
u n le s s
y o u
h a v e
re c e iv e d
perm ission
a n d
th e
b le s s in g
o fI r f a n
S y e d .
O therw ise,
h e
w illtu rn
o ny o u
a n d
m ake
y o u
o u tt o
b eth e
e n e m y ."
T he
F orced
R e s ig n a tio n
a l-S h a re ffi
a ls o
s a y s
th a t
h e
w as
fo rc e d
t o
r e s ig n
a s
E x e c u tiv e
V ic e -P re s id e n t
o f
U .S .G .
d u e
t o
a
c o n s p ira c y
t o
s la n d e r
a n d
m a lig n
him .
H e
c la im s
th a tth elie s
a n d
m isin fo rm atio n
w ere
s p r e a d
b y
S y e d
a n d
T hom pson
a n d
w ere
" th e
m ain
fa c to r"
b e h in d
h is
re s ig n a tio n .
a l-
S h a re ffi
a c k n o w le d g e d
th a t
h is
le tte r
o f
r e s ig -
n a tio n
c ite d
h is
w o rk lo a d
a s
th e
r e a s o n
fo rh is
re s ig n a tio n ,
b u t
h e
to ld
T h e
S to n y
B r o o k P ress
th a t
th e
p r e s s u r e s
b ro u g h t
o n
h im
b y
S y e d ,
T hom pson
a n d
o th e rs
in v o lv e d
d ro v e
h im
fro m
o ffic e .
P a rto fth e
p la n
t o
o u s t a l-S h a re ffi
w as
a
f a l s i f i e d
le tte r
c irc u la te d
o n
th e
le tte rh e a d
o f
U .S .G .,
a ttrib u te d
t o
a l-S h a re ffi,
b u t
a c tu a lly
B y A n d re w
P e rn ic k
w ritte n
b y
T hom pson
a t
S y e d 's
d ire c tio n .
T he
fa k e
le tte rc la im e dth a tC h ristia n
g ro u p sa s w ell
a s
H ille l
a n d
C habad
a re
" n o t
o p e n ,
th e y
a re
e litis t."
T he
le tte r
fu rth e r
c la im e d
th a t " iti s
o b v io u s
th a t
c lu b s
lik e
G ospel
C h o ir,
C habad,
a n d
M .S .A .
[M u slim
S tu d e n tA s s o c ia tio n ]
u sem e e t-
in g s
a s
a
w ay
t o
g u ilt
le s s
a c tiv e
m em bers.
Im yselfh a v e
fa lle n
v ic tim
t o
th is .
W e
c a n -
n o t
a llo w
re lig io n
t o
ru n
th is
c a m p u s ."
I n
d is c u s s in g
h o w
th e
le tte r
w as
t o
b e
p h ra s e d ,
T hom pson
w ro te
t o
a
c o -c o n -
s p ira to r,
" I 'm
a ls o
g o in g
t o
in s u ltM u ja d e e n R id e r
[ s i c ] ."
I n
a n
in te rv ie w
a l-
S h a re ffi
s a id ,
" I
n e v e r
w ro te
th is .
. .e v e ry th in g
h e re
i n
th is
le tte r
i s
c le a rly
a n
im person-
a tio n ,
n o t
s o m e th in g
th a t
w as
w ritte n
b y
m e
...
J u s tt o
c o r-
r e c tth e
re c o rd ,
Ifu lly
su p p o rt
a ll
th e
re lig io u s
g ro u p s
o n
cam pus,
I
h o p e
th a t
th e y
a re
fu n d e d ."
L ew is
a d m itte d
th a t
h e
p a rtic ip a te d
i n
d ra ftin g
th efa k e
le tte r.
I n
a d d itio n ,
T hom pson,
o n
n u m e ro u s
o c c a s io n s ,
im p e rs o n a te d
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o n
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e v e n
g o in g
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fa r
a st o
u seb o th
a l-S h a re ffi's
r e a l
e-m ail
a d d re s s
a n d
s c r e e n
nam e.
T o
e n s u re
m a x im u m
re a d e rs h ip ,
T hom pson
w ro te
th a t
h e
w o u ld
" d o
E sam
[a l-
S h a re ffi]
p o s ts
o n ly
o v e rth e
w e e k d a y s ."
S a id
T hom pson
o f
a l-S h a re ffi,
" W e 'r e
ta k in g
h im
o u t."
T hom pson
fu rth e r
trie d
t o
d is c re d it
a l-
S h a re ffi
b y
try in g
t o
p a in t
a l-S h a re ffi
a s
b e in g
a g a in s t
E O P
v ia
a
fo rg e d
p o s t
o n
s to n y b ro o k -
s u c k s .c o m
e n title d
"E O P
H A T E R S ."
a l-S h a re ffi
to ld
T h e
S to n y
B r o o k
P ress
th a t
h e
w as
" n o t
su rp rise d "
t o
le a rn
th a t
T hom pson
w as
b e h in d
th e
fo rg e dp o sts.
H e
w ent
o n
t o
a d dth a t,
" I t 'sre a lly
a
sham e
th a t
a
U .S .G .
s e n a to r
[T h o m p so n ],
a n d
M r.S y e d , who is
a
v e ry
in te llig e n t
p e rs o n ,
w o u ld
u se
th e ir
re s o u rc e s
a n d
th e irs k ills
i n
d e s tro y in g
s o m e th in g
w here
th e y
c a n ju s t
a se a s ily
b eh e lp in g
i ta n d
h e lp in g
th e
s tu d e n t
b o d y
a s
a
r e s u l t .
In s te a d ,
th e y 'v e
c h o s e n
t o
ta k e
th is
p a th
w h ic h
Ib e lie v e
i sille -
g a l,
a n d
c e rta in ly
i s
im m o ral
a n d
re p re h e n s i-
b le ."
S o u rc e s
h a v e
a lle g e d
th a t
S y e d
w as
a tte m p tin g
t o
" tra in "
S e n a to rs
t o
fo llo w
h is
w is h e s
i n
a na tte m p tt oi n c r e a s e
h isc o n tro lo v e r
U .S .G .
S a id
a l-S h a re ffi,
" iti s
v e ry
o b v io u s
th a t
th e re
i s
a
g ro u p
o f
s e n a to rs
th a t
a re
i n
a
b lo c
th a t
h a s
e ith e r
b e e n
in flu e n c e d
o r
tra in e d
o r
w hat
h a v e
y o u
t o
v o te
c e rta in
w ays
o n
alm ost
e v e ry
is s u e .
..
i t seem sv e ry
c le a rth a t e ith e r
a ll
o f
th e s e
s e n a to rs
th in k
v e ry
m uch
a lik e
i n
a n
e x tra o rd in a ry
w ay,
o r m ore
lik e ly ,th e s ep e o p le
h a v e
b e e n
in flu e n c e d
o r
tra in e d
t o
g iv e
th e ir
view s."
S y e d
s a id
o f S e n a to rJ o a n n e
M a rin o ,
"W e
h a v e
t o
tra in
h e r.
..
S h eh a s
o n e
w eek
t o
com -
p ly ."
T hom pson
d e c lin e d
t o
c o n s e n t
t o
a n
in te rv ie w .
A ttem p ts
t o
re a c h
S y e d
fo r
a
com -
m entfa ile d .
A tta c k in g
EO P
a l-S h a re ffi
w asn o t th e
s o leta rg e to f th is
c o n s n ira c v .
I n
a d d itio n
t o
S v e d .
T hom oson
P a g e2
v e r
id
"C ongress s h a llm aken ola w
r e s p e c tin ga n
e s ta b lis h m e n to f
r e lig io n ,o r
p r o h ib itin g
th e
fr e e
e x e r c is e
th e r e o f;
o r
a b r id g in g
th e
f r e e d o m
o fs p e e c h ,
o r
o f
th e
p r e s s ;o r th e
r ig h t o f th e p e o p le p e a c e a b lyt o
assem ble,a n dt o
p e titio n
th e
governm entfo r
a
r e d r e s so fg r ie v -
a n c e s ."
-T h e
F irst A m endm ent
t o
th eC o n s titu tio n
O ne
i n
th re e
h ig h
s c h o o l
s tu d e n ts
b e lie v e
th a t new spapers
o u g h tt o
g e tg o v e rn -
m enta p p r o v a l
o fs t o r i e s
b e fo re
th e y
m ay
b e
p u b lis h e d .
A
s u rv e y
c o n d u c te d
b y
th e
H ig h
S c h o o l
J o u rn a lis m
In s titu te
a t
In d ia n a
U n iv ersity
show s
a n
a la rm in g
tre n d
am ong
s tu d e n ts
to w ard
a c c e p tin g
m e d iac e n s o r s h i p .
3 6 %
s a id
th a t
new spapers
s h o u ld
g e t
governm enta p p r o v a l
o f s to rie s ,w h ile s lig h t-
l y
m o re
th a n
h a lf
b e lie v e
th a t
th e
p r e s s
o u g h tt ob e
a b let o
p u b lis h
fre e ly .
M o re o v e r,
3 2 %
s a y
th e
p r e s s
h a s
" to o
m uch
fre e d o m ,"
w h ile
o n ly
1 0 %
b e lie v e s
i th a s
to o
little .
T he
s u rv e y
p o lle d
o v e r
1 0 0 ,0 0 0
s tu -
d e n ts
a n d
8 ,0 0 0
te a c h e r s ;
8 3 %
o f
s tu d e n ts
b e lie v e
th a t
p e o p le
s h o u ld
b e
a llo w e d
t o
e x p re s s
u n p o p u la r
o p in io n s -a s
o p p o s e d
t o
9 7 %
o ft e a c h e r s .
T hesefin d in g s
m im icth o s e
o f th e
2 0 0 4
S ta te
o fth e
F irst A m endm ent
s u rv e y ,
w h ic h
fn u u -
1 "
r L
L
I Un d
tn h IL 1
- l4
h
t
] ,
r
a
J
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u n L
y
tU Ia
a r
g e
lm la ju r
L I
t
w o u ld
b e w illin gt o
in c r e a s e
governm ent
re g -
u la tio n
i n
th e
m e d ia ,
4 0 %
b e lie v e
th e
p r e s s
h a s
to o
m uch
fre e d o m .
T h isi s
i n
s p ite
o f th e
fa c tth a t n e a rly
8 0 %
o fr e s p o n d e n t s
s a id
th a t
th e
m e d ia
i s
re s p o n s i-
b lefo r
a c tin g
a s
a
w a tc h d o g
o n
g o v e rn m e n t.
I n
a
sim ilarv e in ,2 0 0 3 's
S ta te
o f th e
F irst
A m endm ent
s u rv e y
re v e a le d
th a t
3 4 %
b e lie v e
th a t
F irst
A m endm ent
fre e d o m s
" g o
to o
f a r ."
O th e r
fin d in g s
fro m
th a t
s u rv e y
re g a rd e d
th e
w ar
i n
Ira q :
a b o u t
tw o -th ird s
o f
re s p o n d e n ts
S tud e n ts T h in kM e d iah a s
" T o oM uch Freedom "
a g re e d
w ith
th e
g o v e r n m e n t 's
p o lic y
o f em bed-.
d in g
re p o rte rs
i n
com bat
z o n e s ,
a n d
a b o u t
th e
sam e
num ber
s a id
th a t
th e
governm ent
s h o u ld
re v ie w
th e s e
jo u rn a lis t's
re p o rts
fro m
com bat
z o n e s
p rio r
t o
p u b lic a tio n .
F u rth e rm o re ,
6 8 %
s a id
th a tth e
m e d ia
d id
a
" g o o d "
o r
" e x c e lle n t"
jo b
c o v e rin g
th e
w ar.
T h is
i s
i n
s p ite
o fn e a rly
h a lfo f
re s p o n -
d e n ts
s a y in g
th a t
th e y
b e lie v e
A m e ric a n s
h a v e
to o
l i t t l e
in fo rm a tio n
a b o u t
th e
g o v e rn m e n t's
a n ti-te rro ris te f f o r t s .
It sh o u ld
b e
n o te d
th a ti n
th e
le a d
u p
t o
th e
I r a q
W ar,
a n tiw a r
p ro te s ts
w ere
la rg e ly
ig n o re d
a n d
th e
v a s t
m ajo rity
o f
s o u rc e s
u s e d
b y
new s
o rg a n iz a tio n s
w ere
fro m
th e
governm ent
a n d
m ilitary .
O v e ra ll,
th e s e
re c e n t
s u rv e y s
c o n firm
s u s p ic io n s
th a t
m any
A m e ric a n s
b e lie v e
th e
p r e s s
h a s
to o
m uch
fre e d o m
a n d
a re
unaw are
o f
C o n s titu tio n a l
p ro te c tio n s
o f fre e d o m
o fs p e e c h
a n d
fre e d o m
o fth e
p r e s s .
I n
a d d itio n ,
th e re
i s
B y M arcel V o tlu c k a
m uch
s p e c u la tio n
a s
t o
w hy
s tu d e n ts
a re
s o
a c c e p tin g
o fc e n s o r s h i p
th e s e
d a y s .
"E ven
p ro fe s s io n a l
jo u rn a lis ts
a re
o fte n
unaw are
o f
a
lo t
o fth e
fre e d o m s
th a t
m ig h t
b e
a s s o c ia te d
w ithth e
F irstA m e n d m e n t."
S o
s a y s
J a c k
D v o ra k ,
th e
d ire c to r
o f
th e
H ig h
S c h o o l
J o u rn a lis m
In s titu te .
H is
v ie w
i sth a ts tu d e n ts
a re
n o tle a rn in g
e n o u g h
a b o u t F irst A m endm ent
rig h ts
a n d
fre e d o m s
i n
th e ir
c la s s e s - to
s a y
n o th in g
a b o u t A m erican
a d u lts .
T he
aforem en-
tio n e d
s u rv e y
o f
h ig h
s c h o o l
s tu d e n ts
c o n -
c lu d e d
th a tc iv ic s
c la s s e s
s h o u ld
d o
m o re
t o
e d u c a te
s tu d e n ts
a b o u t
th e
F irst
A m endm ent
a n d
i t s
p ro te c tio n s
o f
f r e e
s p e e c h
a n d
th e
f r e e
p r e s s .
I n
c o n tra s t,
lib e rta ria n
c o m m e n ta to r
M ic h a e l
T e n n a n t
a rg u e s
th a t
th is
p e rv a s iv e
la c k
o f
u n d e rs ta n d in g
o f
f i r s t
am endm ent
is s u e s
i s
d u e
t o
g o v e rn m e n t-ru n
p u b lic
s c h o o ls
s y s te m a tic a lly
d is -in fo rm in g
s tu -
d e n ts .
H e
p o in ts
o u t,
" th e
o v e rw h e lm in g
m ajo rity
o fA m e ric a n s
h a v eb e e n
e d u c a te d
in
governm ent
s c h o o ls .
I fy o u
w ere
i n
c h a rg e
o f
s h a p in g
th e
m in d s
o f
fu tu re
g e n e ra tio n s ,
w o u ld
y o ute a c h
th e m
h o w
t o
d e fe a ty o u
a n d
y o u r
g ra n d
d e s ig n s
fo r
th e
fu tu re ?
W ell,
n e ith e r
w o u ld
th e
g o v e rn m e n t;
a n d
s in c e
i t
h a s
a
n e a r m o n o p o ly
o n
s h a p in g
th e
m in d s
o f
fu tu re
g e n e ra tio n s ,
i t 's
o n ly
n a tu ra l
th a t
m ost
p e o p le
h a v e n 't
a
c lu e
a s
t o
w hat
th e ir
ro nt i
tu tio tn
l 1
n
1 r i
rh ts
a re
n r
h n w
t he .\v
s h o u ld
b e
e x e r c is e d
a n d
d e f e n d e d ."
T h e re
i sp le n ty
o f disagreem entre g a rd in g
th e
o rig in s
o f
th is
la c k
o f
k n o w le d g e
o f
th e
rig h ts
a n d
fre e d o m s
e n s h rin e d
b y
th e
F irst
A m e n d m e n t,
w h ic h
le a d s
o n e
t o
w o n d e r:
w hat
im p lic a tio n s
d o e s
th is
h a v e
fo r
th e
fu tu re ?
A c c o rd in g
t o
K n ig h t
F o u n d a tio n
P re s id e n t
H o d d in g
C a rte r,
w hose
com pany
c o n d u c te d
th e
a fo re m e n tio n e d
s u rv e y ,
" Ig n o ra n c e
a b o u t
th e
b a s ic s
o f
th is
f r e e
s o c ie ty
i s
a
d a n g e r
t o
th is
n a tio n 's
fu tu re ."
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