A while back on this page, I wrote about the disgraceful actions of Plymouth State University in shaming and punishing faculty members for exercising their fundamental constitutional right to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of conscience.
The faculty members exercised those rights wholly outside the workplace and academic environment, in a courtroom over 80 miles away from the PSU campus. They exercised those rights on their own time, not University time, not while they were supposed to be performing any service for the school in their role as faculty. And, they exercised their right to free speech on a matter of public concern, speaking as character witnesses in a criminal sentencing hearing.
Now, PSU's shame has become national news. The story caught the attention of The Atlantic, a magazine and online journal with a worldwide following. The story describes how the school's administration readily caved to a "mob rules" mentality, abdicating to slick public relations professionals and letting them run the show, even if the school's core values of freedom of thought and freedom of expression are trampled in the process. Check it out, a very interesting read!
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