\"i-r€-nE\ n, pl -nies [L ironia, fr. Gk eirOnia, fr. eirOn dissembler] 1 : the use of words to express the opposite of what one really means 2 : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected resultIn an effort to gain military recruiters access to universities, the U.S. passed legislation that withheld federal funds from universities that barred recruiters.
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In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said a 10-year-old federal law that allows the government to block such funds violates the schools' First Amendment right to prohibit on-campus recruiting in response to the Pentagon policy [of banning openly gay men and women].What is the point here? Ostensibly it is about the military's policy about homosexuals. But that's really a red herring.
The issue is free speech. The universities want to use the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment...
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.to support the contention that military recruiters should not have the right to peacefully meet with students and freely speak about military careers... because the military does not allow homosexuals to join the military service and speak freely about their sexual orientation.
Two sides using the argument for constitutional right of free speech while taking action to deny others that right... irony.