Trump's Order Against A/S
By Micah Halpern
Thursday December 12, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
President Trump signed an executive order that will withhold federal money from colleges and universities that do not stand up against anti-Semitism.
The US cannot either sanction or condone anti-Semitism or, for that matter, any form of hatred. The government certainly cannot financially subsidize that behavior – and that behavior is running rampant on campuses across the country, campuses that take money from the federal government.
For too long, anti-Semitism has run unchecked on campus.
This is not an issue of freedom of speech. This is not a first amendment issue. People’s hatred and their ability to spout that vitriol is, was and will continue to be protected.
This is something else.
This is about the United States government giving money to agencies that support hatred. And this practice will now be stopped. Obviously, it includes public colleges and universities, but private institutions of higher learning are also the recipients of significant sums of federal money and they, too, fall under this executive order.
This executive order could have huge implications. The president signed the order, now there must be follow up.
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