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  • Free Speech BANNED at Carlsbad High School!!!!

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...1m9morrow.html


    Free speech is at stake in the case of a state senator who is trying to reclaim a high school auditorium he had booked for a forum on illegal immigration, his attorney said.

    Republican state Sen. Bill Morrow sued Carlsbad Unified Superintendent John A. Roach in San Diego County Superior Court yesterday over Roach's decision to rescind permission to use the Carlsbad Community Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Carlsbad High School for the forum scheduled for Thursday.

    The forum, scheduled at 7 p.m., is titled "The Illegal Immigration Crisis," and is billed as a frank discussion on how illegal immigration affects health care, homeland security, education, the economy and the environment.

    The community auditorium was approved for the event on July 12. However, on Aug. 3, eight days before the forum was to take place, Roach denied use of the theater, citing recent physical confrontations between opposing groups at events involving illegal immigration.
    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005...8805205148.txt


    Morrow described the lawsuit as a "last resort" and an effort to protect free speech.


    "I am a public official," Morrow said. "I want to hold a public town forum, and I am unable to do so because of the threats, coercion and intimidation of those who disagree with the message."

    Sponsored by Morrow, the scheduled meeting, titled "The Illegal Immigration Crisis," was scheduled to include former San Diego mayor and radio talk-show host Roger Hedgecock as emcee, Colorado Congressmen Tom Tancredo, Minuteman Project founder James W. Gilchrist, attorney and author Madeleine Cosman, and former U.S. Attorney Pete Nunez.

    Morrow's meeting was to have focused on how illegal immigration affects health care, homeland security, education, the economy and the environment, according to a flier distributed by the senator's staff.

    Morrow said a state appeals court ruled in 1998 that canceling an event because of threats of violence from opponents of the event amounted to an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech called a "heckler's veto."

    Lepiscopo, Morrow's attorney, said the district's remedy to address safety concerns is to have enough police officers present, not to cancel the event. Morrow said Monday that police have told him they could provide adequate security for the event.

    "When somebody says, 'Hey, if you don't shut up' or takes action to shut you up and not say your piece under threat of disruption or violence, that cannot be tolerated, not in the USA," Morrow said.
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    Re: Free Speech BANNED at Carlsbad High School!!!!

    Oh, and here I thought it was some new school rule...

    Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe...


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    • #3
      Re: Free Speech BANNED at Carlsbad High School!!!!

      Got this solved. They should move this event down the coast a bit to The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach (ummmm Brie Burger medium well...). Maybe open for Buckwheat Zydeco on the 23th.
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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        Re: Free Speech BANNED at Carlsbad High School!!!!

        http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...mc10forum.html


        Republican state Sen. Bill Morrow of Oceanside can go forward with a community forum called "The Illegal Immigration Crisis" tomorrow inside the Carlsbad Community Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Carlsbad High School, school officials said yesterday.

        "Carlsbad school district will allow the town hall meeting to take place as originally scheduled on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center," Carlsbad Unified Superintendent John A. Roach said yesterday afternoon after consulting with district attorneys because he was sued by Morrow for rescinding permission to use the venue.
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