We are happy to report that J.E. Saffold, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, promptly responded to ADF's letter and retracted the ban on outdoor events. That said, we are a little irked at Saffold's dishonesty.
claims that the policy change was planned to allow for the events this week, but why then did SFSU
first tell the College Republicans that they couldn't hold their event and only now, as Saffold says in his
letter, inform them that they could hold their event?It is dubious whether such a policy change was ever planned. At the end of his
letter, Saffold states, San Francisco State University has a long history of activism and support of freedom of speech.We continue to be a campus that embraces the free exchange of ideas. I almost choked on my morning crumpet.As I discussed yesterday, SFSU
was recently sued in federal court for an egregious violation of these very same College Republicans' First Amendment right to protest and ordered by a federal judge to change the offending policies. Saffold
ilk at SFSU
and across the country need to understand that mere rhetorical appeal to free speech is not enough, they must truly respect it with their policies and with their actios.