There are two established methods of impairing freedom of expression. The state can use its power to forbid a particular form of expression, an act akin to a rifle shot to the head. Or, the state can just unleash its bureaucracy on you, which is more akin to being sat upon by an elephant.
It appears that San Francisco State University — having previously shot itself in the foot with the rifle shot — has brought out the elephant. SFSU has banned all outdoor protests and expressive activities pending committee review of the process by which they limit outdoor protests and expressive activities:
The Outdoor Reservation Request Process for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 events has been postponed until further notice per University Administration. The postponement will be in effect until completion of a review of Time, Place, and Manner policies by a task force with final recommendations subject to Presidential approval by the President's Cabinet. It is the intent that the review will be completed in early summer. We apologize for any inconvenience.
You would think that after SFSU recently got its ass handed to it for petty censorious thuggery, it would be more cautious about this sort of thing. But if there's anything more defiant of reality and the rule of law than a bureaucrat, it's an academic bureaucrat.
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