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Stanford Muslims Outraged at Trump's Hate Speech Laws

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Ujwal Srivastava says Trump anti-Semitism order sparks free speech concerns
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Dec. 11 that aims to redefine anti-Semitism on college campuses, sparking conversations surrounding student safety and free speech.

Section 1 of the executive order reads, “while Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices. Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin.”
The crux of the order hinges on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prevents discrimination based “on the ground of race, color, or national origin” by “any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The executive order would apply to the many college campuses that receive federal funding, including Stanford.

The change would make it “the policy of the executive branch to enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI,” according to Section 1 of the executive order.

Of note, the wording of Title VI does not include discrimination based on religion. This distinction led The New York Times to claim that “the order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion.”