Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Maybe it's now time to stop obsessing over this matter. (Just a thought)

When a student government committee at UC Irvine voted in March to ban flags of all nationalities — including the United States — from a common area on campus, the news quickly went viral and condemnation in the court of public opinion was swift. Mostly outrage descended from citizen groups and political pundits from across the country, making UCI a focal point of debate on patriotism and free speech. The action voted on by a subcommittee of six student government leaders was not unanimous and was quickly vetoed by the student government executive council. Nearly three months later, the issue is still echoing throughout the state and local governments with a proposed California constitutional amendment to prohibit banning the American flag on state-funded college campuses. Irvine City Council members voted Tuesday to support the effort being considered by legislators... Debate during the meeting centered on the 1st Amendment rights. One public speaker, who identified himself as a proud UCI student, stated that while he did not agree with the original decision of the student leaders "the moment we censure somebody's speech, the moment we say someone can't say something we disagree with, it's Big Brother."... Support for the amendment passed by a 4-1 margin... Before reaching a vote in the state legislature, the amendment would first have to pass approval by the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

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