Clearly a commitment to freedom of speech and the First Amendment entails a concomitant support for the airing of a very wide range of views. It does not entail a commitment to support the airing of any and all views, however. It also does not mean that even those views within the wide range must be given every platform for airing. Perhaps the most serious element endangering general support for freedom of speech today is when corporations claim the rights of persons and then use the ensuing claim to a right a free speech to muddy the waters with what is clearly commercial messages of very dubious veracity (as, for example, drug companies using claims of free speech to have their salespeople push off-label uses for their products.) In terms of our campuses, we need to understand why it is that black and other minority students feel as attacked as they obviously do by people such as Murray and MacDonald (I purposely leave Ann Coulter out here, because she is not a serious person for purposes of this discussion, but rather an almost cartoon caricature bomb-thrower) to the point of sensing their very existence to be unwelcome and even threatened within the current social, political and academic environment. That would be one place to begin a generative discussion of these issues.
Not shortly after Roger Maris record was broken, another baseball player, Jason Giambi and various other athletes were either suspected of, or proven to have, taken anabolic steroids. Again, Congress convened a hearing, and just as they did the first time in 1990, they did not determine that steroids were a danger, but rather that the danger was more in protecting professional sports organizations. The updated statute has been updated to proscribe pro-hormones also The definition of an anabolic steroid as defined currently in the United States under (41)(A) is that "anabolic steroid" means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens , progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone (7).