On Tuesday, the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy support centers to advertise government-funded abortions. During arguments for the case, NIFLA v. Becerra, the court seemed divided, with four of the justices—Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor—signaling that the California law should be upheld, [ Read More ]
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During the past 18 months, college students have engaged in disruptive and even violent activities toward guest speakers whose ideas they considered offensive. In response, college administrators have tended to capitulate to—or collaborate with—the demonstrators by disinviting scheduled speakers and disciplining students or professors whose views were considered offensive. In fact, recent studies by the [ Read More ]
In recent days, college students have shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched and otherwise shut down the campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive. The most prominent recent cases have included Milo Yiannopoulos (University of California, Berkeley), Charles Murray (Middlebury College), and Heather MacDonald (Claremont McKenna College), but a number of institutions have disinvited scheduled speakers and [ Read More ]
Recently, the University of Oregon suspended a white female faculty member for dressing up as a black man at a costume party, even though her intention was to honor a black author, Damon Tweedy. The University concluded that her costume was a type of “speech” that constituted harassment and created a hostile environment. Even though [ Read More ]
Any person with a pulse and even a modicum of cultural awareness knows there is a movement afoot to stifle free speech on college campuses. Controversies related to free speech have rocked the campuses of many universities, including Yale, Scripps, Oberlin, and Wesleyan. A number of colleges are authorizing “safe spaces,” “speech codes,” and “trigger [ Read More ]