Florida Atlantic University is “quite obviously” the worst place in the U.S. to attend college, says a post by Eric Owens in the Daily Caller.
The distinction for the state university arose from a “draconian” new procedure called “Free Speech and Campus Civility.” The process starts out innocently enough, with a few bromides about free speech, but then quickly warns the entire FAU community to speak and act in a way that is not “racist, religiously intolerant or otherwise degrading to others.”
According to Owens, the FAU policy is ambiguously worded rule that could prohibit “all kinds of speech” protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as protected by a few sections of the Florida state regulations. The part about religious tolerance can forbid any legitimate criticism of Christianity or Islam.
This is not the first time FAU has come under fire over its policies and behavior by administrators and faculty.
In March, the university tried to discipline a student who complained about a professor’s assignment to stomp “Jesus” written on a piece of paper. Another FAU professor, James Tracy, claimed on a personal blog that the official explanation of the April 15 Boston Bombing were part of a government conspiracy theory. He said the Boston attack was actually a “mass casualty drill.”
Also in April, former U.S. Rep. and Tea party activist Allen West complained on Facebook and Twitter that students harassed his wife, FAU Trustee Angela Graham-West.
West claimed his wife was “stalked” at meetings, and aggravating letters were sent to her company headquarters.