Family Research Council

Banning the Constitution on Campus


By Tony Perkins
September 30, 2013

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When did handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day become a crime? Ask the officials at Modesto Community College. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Recently, a student at the California college learned while almost everything is tolerated on college campus that day, handing out copies of the Constitution is not. When Robert Van Tuinen decided to celebrate Constitution Day by handing out brochures of our nation's governing document to fellow students, he was quickly told by campus security officers that he was violating orderly operations on campus. "It was a tense situation," Van Tuinen said, "To be told I can't do something as basic as handing out the Constitution was frustrating." The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the Freedom of Speech for all Americans. This fundamental freedom should be protected, not eliminated.

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