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Shut up and go away

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 09:35 am

For any Indiana college considering the sanctuary campus movement  to protect undocumented students from deportation, The Indianapolis Star advises,  state politicians are carving their stance into law:

You can't do that.

The Indiana Senate Tuesday voted to send legislation to Gov. Eric Holcomb that would mandate public and private colleges to comply with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.The vote was 38-10.

If the bill is signed into law, universities could not enact any regulation or policy that in any way restricts or limits any employee, including university police, from communicating with federal authorities about the immigration status of any person. And a university could not bar the enforcement of federal immigration laws on its property.

State Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, the sponsor, said it's important that the law be administered equally throughout the state.

"This is a country of laws," Young said. "If we can say the universities don't have to follow it, then we can say somebody else doesn't have to follow the law, and pretty soon the law won't mean anything."

Wow. Universities have to follow the law. Imagine that.

I know it's being said in some quarters that this bill amounts to posturing since no Indiana campus has adopted sanctuary status and some college presidents have explicitly said they would not allow it.

That is so, but it is alos true that students are starting to put pressure on administrations at some universities, including Indiana University, Notre Dame and DePauw.

And there are other signs that Indiana college students aren't immune to the madness sweeping American campuses, especially the part that causes them to succumb to the "Shut up and go away" school of free speech.

At Notre Dame, Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled commencement speech has prompted a protest by senior students who say that Pence's presence on campus will make them "feel unsafe."

 Students Immane Mondane and Jourdyhn Williams have started a #NotMyCommencementSpeaker campaign against Pence's May 21 address.

 The campaign consists of students holding white boards featuring quotes from Pence that are "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, offensive, or ostracizing" to members of the Notre Dame community.

“For me personally, [Pence] represents the larger Trump administration,” Mondane told the university's newspaper. “His administration represents something, and for many people on our campus, it makes them feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”

At Indiana University, there was noisy student protest over a speech by controversial sociologist Charles Murray:

“I am for free speech, but I'm against giving people platforms to speak whose work isn't up to the academic expectations of IU,” she said. “Plus, it's hate speech.”

Although the speech was only an hour long, hundreds of protestors surrounded Franklin Hall and the Sample Gates before, during, and after Murray's speech.

Chants of “IU betrayed us,” “No platform for white supremacy,” and a super tasteful “Fuck Charles Murray” rang along with IU's bell tower in the early evening. Cars driving on Indiana Ave slowed, stopped and honked to show support. Even James Shanahan, Dean of the Media School, was briefly spotted in the crowd.

Ah, the old "I am for free speech, but . . ." dodge. As long as it isn't "hate" speech or speech "not up to my precious standards."

They actually did let Murray speak, though, which means perhaps that the madness doesn't go quite so deep here.

The thought occurs that some Indiana universities, state law or not, are already sanctuary campuses, or are at least working hard to become them. But it's not federal immigration officials who are kept out. It is anybody with a disturbing or contrary opinion that the students are frightened by because they haven't been taught how to defend their own opinions.

Michell Malkin had an interesting column recently about who is really unsafe on our campuses. For all the talk by the snowflakes about how scared they are, it's the Charles Murrays who get chased down by angry mobs. It's Milo Yiannopouloses who is turned back by a mob that sets fire to the campus.  It's the Heather MacDonalds who have to livestream speeches from empty rooms while agitators pound on the windows.

Who's unsafe on campus? The social justice mobsters play victim but wield bloodied brass knuckles in the ivory tower against any and all who threaten their orthodoxy and power.

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