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WASHINGTON - Feb. 6, 2020 - PRLog -- Cal State Pays For Pro-Abortion Stance
Viewpoint-Neutral Standards For Speakers Mandated

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2020) - The California State University system has been forced to pay more than $240,000, and to agree that future decisions regarding the funding of student activities are based upon "viewpoint neutral" criteria, as a result of  a decision to deny a $500 grant to an anti-abortion professor who was invited by a student group to speak at CSU San Marcos.

        This is just the most recent in a growing string of successful law suits showing that legal action can be a powerful and effective weapon when universities trample on the First Amendment rights of students and faculty, proclaims public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has encouraged such action.

        Even a quarter-of-a-million dollars is only pocket change to such a large university, and therefore the threat of such law suits isn't likely to prevent similar unconstitutional actions in the future, says Banzhaf, but universities which violate free speech rights now may be forced to defend their actions to avoid huge losses of federal funding under a new free-speech executive order.

        Students or others can file complaints - including anonymous complaints - against any public universities which violate the First Amendment, and such complaints may have the same transformative effect as similar student complaints, filed under Title IX for failure to take effective action about sexual assaults, have had on how both public and private universities deal with date rapes, suggests Banzhaf.

        Banzhaf suggests that students file a formal complaint under Executive Order 13864 (issued March 21, 2019).

        The policy set out in Section 2(a) requires "compliance with the First Amendment for public institutions and compliance with stated institutional policies regarding freedom of speech for private institutions."

       On a related note, Banzhaf says that The College Fix has just issued a report documenting another form of discrimination likewise arguably based upon religious (or anti-religious) beliefs, and the suggestion that legal action is long overdue to correct it.  The report is entitled 'Disparate Impact'? Christians Denied Law Faculty Positions May Have a Legal Case, Professor Argues.

JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School,
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor,
Fellow, World Technology Network,
Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH),
2000 H Street, NW, Wash, DC 20052, USA
(202) 994-7229 // (703) 527-8418
http://banzhaf.net/  jbanzhaf3ATgmail.com  @profbanzhaf

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