Monday, March 06, 2006

Free Speech, Consequences and Military Recruiting

justiceAP Wire | 03/06/2006 | Court upholds campus military recruiting. Was there ever any doubt as to how this would be decided?
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus.
What this suit said was, universities are entitled to federal research and other monies. That they could not be stripped of that money, no matter what they did.

My first reaction upon hearing of this suit so long ago was, "Grow up!" As so many people are finding out freedom of speech comes with consequences. You are free to say what you want. I am free to withhold my money (by not watching your movies, not listening to your songs, not funding your research.) You are still free to say what you want.
When the case was argued before the Supreme Court on Dec. 6, Chief Justice Roberts zeroed in on the universities' apparent desire to have it both ways — to show disapproval of the military's treatment of gay people but still leave the federal money spigots open.

"What you're saying is, this is a message we believe in strongly, but we don't believe in it to the detriment of $100 million," the chief justice told a university lawyer.
Free Speech comes with consequences.

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