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  • In a violation of free speech, Des Moines Community College student and YAF chapter president Jake Dagel was shut down by campus police for violating school solicitation protocol today.DagelFlier

    As we reported first yesterday, Dagel, who chairs the school's Young Americans for Freedom chapter, is opposing the 8th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Youth and is calling for the school to pull its $1,000 sponsorship during a press conference announcing his chapter's position. Dagel exposed that conservatives and Christians will be bullied at the event. The event will have a panel that will show attendees how to fight back against "right-wing bias" called "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Right Wing."Another is a seminar that will have attendees watch the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So," a documentary that shows how conservatives have "warped" their interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize homosexuals.

    Dagel told Young America's Foundation this afternoon:

    "My friend, who is not a DMACC student, and myself where passing out the attached flyer to students. After about 20 minutes a campus security officer came up to me, handed me a copy of the school's policy on solicitation and escorted me to the student activities office. I was told I hold my first amendment right, but to distribute flyers I had to have a table which required a two week notice and approval by the school." 

    This sounds eerily similar to a YAF chapter at Palm Beach State College that experienced the exact same type of anti-free speech behavior. In 2010, college officials denied Young Americans for Freedom members permission to distribute Heritage Foundation literature at a student organization fair and also prohibited them from handing out information within the "free speech zones" on several PBSC campuses. The officials cited PBSC's speech policies as their reason.

    Also today, Dagel and 16 state legislators and various pastors held a press conference this morning to object to the conference. Their statement is below:

    Based on our desire and commitment to be faithful stewards of our tax dollars, we cannot in good conscience vote to give taxpayer dollars to people or groups who pervert the Bible, teach our youth to engage in dangerous behavior, and target individuals like Jan Mickelson for hatred and bullying.

    We have proof that the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Diversity Commission is using tuition and taxpayer monies to sponsor the Governors LGBTQ Youth Conference, as a result of information obtained by the DACC Young Americans for Freedom chapter, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

    Therefore, we Representatives of the people of Iowa, will vote against appropriations for (DMACC) unless they withhold taxpayer's dollars from the Governors LGBTQ Youth Conference.

    At the right is a picture of the flier Dagel and his friend tried to hand out. This is a clear violation of Dagel's first amendment right. We will keep you posted as things develop.



    • Readers' Comments

    • Free speech is NOT a one-way street. It goes for everyone, not just the Idiot Left.
      Posted by bb on 03/29/2013
    • Let me begin with a correction, if I might (Free Speech is Not a one-way street. It goes for everyone, not just me.) I find it unfortunate that, on a college campus, we find people who are supposed to be engaged in learning unwilling to hear what the other(person, group, party, or organization) has to say. It is the other that I want to learn about and perhaps learn from that is the point. Instead of taking offense, let us be willing to respectfully listen to and be given the opportunity to thoughtfully and respectfully respond to the opposing view or viewpoints. When we have to restrict when and where and how we can engage one another, it is for the simple reason that we have lost the will, the courage and the strength of character to bear the burden of truly listening to and accepting that, others do think, believe and view life differently. I may not accept or agree with what you say, believe or think but, I will respect your right and extend you the courtesy to respectfully, thoughtfully and civilly present your views. If we can subdue our passion, set aside our ideology long enough to let the mind inquire, perhaps we will find that as different and differing as we sometimes are, reasoning, listening, and working toward understanding we can find a better place for both of us.
      Posted by Mark A. Smothers on 03/29/2013
    • You do realize that you need permission to distribute flyers in almost ever university in this country, right? It doesn't matter if the flyers being passed were about free cookies or the Bible. How you have managed to make an obvious fact like this into a sensational "violations of first amendment rights!!" article is beyond me....
      Posted by on 03/30/2013
    • ^ESPECIALLY if one of the people passing out flyers on the campus doesn't even attend the school. Moreover, from what your article states, the people passing out flyers were escorted to a student activities office so that they can follow the proper procedure & protocol for passing out flyers. So, essentially, they were being assisted by the campus so that they can, in the near future, express their opinions on campus without any problems. How was this in any way a violation of free speech? I don't think any student at any university wants to go to a campus where everyday any non-student in the world can just show up and pass around anything they please. That's why there is a proper protocol for this, and rightfully.
      Posted by on 03/30/2013
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