Northern Arizona University (NAU) has shut down NAU conservatives attempt to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The group was participating in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project and passing out flags with Foundation materials to students in their student union building.
That is until NAU's Office of Student Life stepped in and shut their efforts down.
Their excuse: the group hadn't applied for a space in NAU's "free speech zone." What's the point of a free speech zone if only administration-approved presentations can happen there? It sounds more like a "speech regulated zone."
Originally, the group planned to hand out flags and YAF materials outside. When it rained, the group moved to a "free speech zone" with the assumption that free speech meant free speech. But, according to NAU, free speech is only acceptable when approved by the administration.
Watch the video below, but here's the most egregious remark by the NAU administration illustrating their perverted understanding of free speech: When asked what the First Amendment stated, the administrator said, “You’re allowed to express free speech at a particular time, place, and manner.”
Young America’s Foundation continues to support students against administrations who resist the remembrance of 9/11. In this case, NAU should have been much more understanding of these students’ patriotic efforts.
Here’s the YouTube video of the controversy:
(Thanks to LI's field officier Stephanee Freer for this video story)