This Op-Ed offers a cautionary tale for two apparently opposed sets of ideologues: right-wingers convinced that the Left has a monopoly on campus censorship, and left-wingers skeptical of the connection between government support for education and government suppression of educators. In Florida and New Jersey, the Right is censoring the supposed racism of the Left through pro-Israeli legislation; meanwhile, the Left, usually so eager to make accusations of racism, is caught off guard by the Right’s “anti-racist” resort to coercion and hysteria.
Here’s the text of the bill itself. Summary: You face a fine of up to $250 and six months in the county lockup for “discriminatory” speech that the bill neither manages to define nor exhaustively manages to enumerate. Say the wrong thing, which could be just about anything, and you’re under arrest, probably out of a job, and branded an anti-Semite with the imprimatur of the Garden State. [Postscript, July 29, 2019: I’m not entirely sure this reading of the bill is right (or wrong); see the comments below. If it’s wrong, I’ll amend the post, but I clearly need to get clarification one way or another. Thanks to both Michael Young and RadGeek for pressing the point.]
But no worries, 2 + 2 remains 5, and freedom is still slavery:
Nothing in this section shall be construed to diminish or infringe upon any right protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or Article I, paragraph 6 of the New Jersey Constitution.