It Starts in the University: Justice Thomas Decries Societal Trend to “Limit Ideas”
Justice Thomas is right. The trend today, especially on college campuses, is to limit exposure to ideas that some people find offensive. Instead of “sticks and stones,” students believe “words are violence” and that sticks and stones may be used to shut up words that one disagrees with.
Victory for Free Speech at Michigan College that Muzzled T-Rex-clad Student’s Speech
TPUSA Students represented by the ADF Center for Academic Freedom won a victory for over 48,000 students today. In April, Macomb Community College (MCC) police approached three members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the college who were on a large open area of the Clinton Township campus to raise awareness about the value […]
Investigating Speech: When the Process Becomes the Punishment
What do these two statements have in common? Merely uttering these ideas caused a Georgetown student group and a Boise State professor to spend weeks justifying their existence on campus – the supposed marketplace of ideas.
While both were ultimately vindicated last week, the process was the punishment, and it shows the poor state of free speech on our campuses
Are You a Neo-Nazi? Boise State Thinks You Are If You Agree with This Professor
From all of the outrage, you might assume that Yenor had done something really terrible. His crime? Writing a report and a follow-up article linking the transgender and feminist movements, highlighting their shared idea that biological sex does not determine our identity, and discussing how that idea undermines the family and parental rights.
Will Georgetown exclude Catholic views on sexuality on All Souls Day?
Georgetown, we are told, is “the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States.” But tonight, on a day when Catholic and many other Christians remember those who have come before us and left a legacy of faith, Georgetown’s Student Activities Commission will determine whether or not a group of students adhering to Catholic teaching on sexual morality is welcome on its campus anymore.
When Speech is Censored for 90 Days on 99.9987% of Campus
At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), it would be difficult to limit free speech more than they already are.
Here’s a look at their speech policies, and what one student group is doing to help defend student rights on campus:
Ben Shapiro Gets a Less-than-Enthusiastic Welcome at His Alma Mater, UCLA
Just as Ben Shapiro is set to speak on the intolerance of free speech on college campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)… refuses to tolerate his free speech.
The First Amendment is “not a relevant document” says student speaking words freely
Student protestors tried to shut down a Ben Shapiro speaking engagement at the University of Utah earlier this fall. As discouraging as this clip is, it’s at least helpful to see the student admitting that he simply doesn’t care if the First Amendment is violated. Universities have an obligation to teach students why the First Amendment matters.
Why the University Must Be a “Marketplace of Ideas”
The willingness to admit that you may be wrong and actually consider an alternate point of view is exceedingly rare, but increasingly important. In a culture of “alternative facts” and claims of “fake news,” we are no longer healthy skeptics. We are cynics. And rather than listen to another point of view, more often than […]
State laws on student free speech: how does your state measure up?
Increasingly, state legislatures are enacting laws to protect student free speech. We are pleased to release today a review of these state laws, highlighting the states that have protected free speech and those that still have work to do.