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College of Idaho Insights discusses free speech

In today's episode of College of Idaho Insights, faculty members discuss the 1st Amendment issues involved in a recent controversial billboard in Idaho and comments from the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco that Chick-fil-A stores aren't welcome in their cities.

The libertarian Ralph Smeed Foundation in Idaho courted controversy by sponsoring an electronic billboard outside Boise with a message that compares President Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan with the actions of shooting suspect  James Holmes. Read more online. Also this week, mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco warned Chick-fil-A and its CEO Dan Cathy, who’s been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, not to pursue new franchises in their cities.

The roundtable features College of Idaho professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi from the Department of Political Economy.

College of Idaho Insights is a roundtable featuring professors discussing a wide range of issues of public interest. Watch previous episodes on the College's YouTube channel.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.