This does not happen enough:
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of a student group which challenged an N.C. State University policy that requires people or groups wanting to distribute literature on campus to get a permit.
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever issued a ruling Saturday saying the N.C. State policy violates the First Amendment. His order prevents the university from requiring any student, student group or off-campus guest to obtain a permit as is currently required.
Dever’s order also says the school cannot impose restrictions because of the content or viewpoint and the potential reaction to the content. [Emphasis mine. – Dave]
The Christian group was told it needed a permit to distribute literature while other groups were seen freely passing out whatever they wanted.
Notice the judge also sided against the “heckler’s veto,” the nasty argument which says if you offend or incite others to negative behavior, that obviously you need to be shut up.
It’s preliminary, and as such a temporary fix. Colleges really do think they can limit free speech using “free speech zones” and permits. Of all the places where ideas should flow freely, I think college should be at the top of the list.