Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gallaudet University Hates Free Speech

This is certainly the latest buzz on the Internet.  Everyone knows that free speech is punishable in many areas of the world.  Imagine writing a blog in the Muslim world advocating education for women.  Sadly, you'll be shot in the head.  Some other non-free speech places in the world that come to mind are China, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the NFL, Maryland.....

Wait, what?  Oh, that's right.  You are not entitled to an opinion in some places in Maryland.  If you live in Maryland or are a strong advocate on either side of Question 6, which is a referendum to allow gay marriage in Maryland, then you are familiar with this whole issue.

Though not in Maryland, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. placed an employee of the school on leave when it learned that she signed a petition favoring placement of the issue on the ballot in Maryland, which recently passed a marriage equality law.

It's disappointing, perhaps even illegal, that a school would punish an employee for their opinion and participation in the legislative process.  According to this article, Gallaudet University has no written policy prohibiting employees from participating in politics.  Therefore I must conclude that it's an unwritten policy.

So if you're looking for a job and you value your opinion, you should consider avoiding Gallaudet University.  They are the school for the deaf and intolerant.


Karen L said...

I was listening to the Dennis Miller show today and a caller mentioned this issue. Dennis quipped...about the diversity director of a school that openly discriminates against those who are not Deaf. You are truly cutting edge. My brother is an alum, Dennis Miller is a nationally known political satirist and I learned about the Gallaudet issue from YOU!!!!

Eludius said...

I try to be cutting edge myself! :-)

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