Free speech at UA | Arkansas Blog

Friday, April 14, 2006

Free speech at UA

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Gary Bowman, a street preacher who stirred a bit of controversy at UA-Fayetteville back in 2002 with his frequent campus rants, prompted rules on campus speech by outside speakers. He was limited to five days' of speaking per semester, and only after three days' notice, and he was prohibited from speaking on "dead days," when students are preparing for finals.

He sued, saying the restrictions were too limiting. He lost in district court. Today, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals gave him a partial victory.

It said  the university could require a permit to speak in the area outside the student union and it also upheld the three-day reservation notice for speakers. The court also agreed the UA could limit speaking on dead days. But, it said the five-day speaking limitation was an "unnecessary abridgement" of Bowman's free speech. It said the university had not proved its contention that a five-day limitation was necessary so that the university could guarantee a diversity of opinions in the public forum.


Comments (27)

Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Unemployment rate continues drop to new low

    The Arkansas unemployment rate in September was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent the month before. It's a historic low.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • Trump cheers criminal assault on reporter

    Did I miss coverage of this in the morning paper? Donald Trump, at a rally in Montana, praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte's criminal assault on a news reporter to raucous cheers. None dare call them a mob.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • French Hill and the truth: He flunks four-way test

    Amid a spate of dishonest advertising in support of his re-election campaign, Republican Rep. French Hill led the downtown Rotary Club this week in recitation of Rotary's four-way test. The Hill campaign is failing it.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017
  • Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

    The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017


  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation