A Clemson University administrator stopped a man from praying while on the school’s campus recently, telling him that “this is not a designated free speech area,” and asking him to leave, according to GatewayPundit.com.
Here is the eyewitness account of a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) activist who was with the man at the time: “I was walking across the grassy area near Fort Hill after class at about 3:15 when I saw someone sitting in a folding chair. Next to him was another folding chair with an 8x10 sign that said ‘PRAYER.’ I approached him and we sat down to pray for a few minutes. When we finished, a man from the university approached us and said he could not be praying there because it was not a ‘designated free speech area’ and presented the person who was praying with a form for the procedures for applying for ‘solicitation’ on campus. He told him he had to leave.”
Apparently, the First Amendment to the Constitution has itself been amended, though not by the agreed upon democratic process. It effectively now reads thusly:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. However, university and college officials are free to do so as they see fit- and also to deprive people on campus grounds of any other of their natural rights they so choose.
Clemson is both state and federally funded.