Arizona Considers Bills To Ban Swear Words And Protect Conservatives In College

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New legislation in Arizona will look to protect conservative professors from discrimination, while punishing others who violate obscenity standards, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The first bill, introduced by Republican Representative Tom Forese, is designed to help conservatives who are facing obstacles in the hiring and tenure process because of their views. According to the bill, higher education is lacking a "plurality of methodologies and perspectives."

The bill is being contested by some who say the legislation will create hiring issues, and allow conservative professors to claim "disparate impact" by pointing to a high percentage of liberal professors.

The second proposed law, known as the "G-rated" bill, will prohibit professors from using obscenities that would violate FCC broadcasting standards.

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