What the blame-the-liberals campaign doesn't acknowledge, let alone insist, is that if students are petulant or frightened now and if deans and professors are pandering to them, it's not because of liberal ideology but mainly because the "retail-store university" regards them increasingly as customers.
The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."
In an age of political correctness, these two men think it can discourage open discussion.
I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.
Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.
Schmidt, an art and animation professor, posted a picture of his young daughter wearing a T-shirt with the Game of Thrones quote, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood" to Google+. The dean found this picture of a child doing yoga so terror-inducing that she reported him to other BCC administrators.
For seven years I have written for The Huffington Post about the problem of campus speech codes -- absurd, often unconstitutional
The term "disinvitation season" has been something of a dark joke for years, but as every year passed, it got less funny. The intensity of demands that speakers be disinvited seemed to swell over time, and increasingly, we saw speakers bow out in the face of protest.
What is it with public colleges preventing their students from handing out the Constitution? Have these schools ever heard of the First Amendment?
It was a fast-paced and fun night, and we never shied away from controversial topics, such as: Should "hate speech" be protected
Incredibly, BCC refuses to admit its obvious mistake. In a statement issued today to NJ.com, a spokesman for the college
Q: How can a "free speech zone" on a college campus be a bad thing for free speech? A: When it's actually a backwards way
But if we don't, and we continue to inadvertently cultivate the "expectation of confirmation" for students, we can only expect
After First Amendment Lawsuit, California College Settles with Student Stopped from Distributing Copies of Constitution
Last September 17, Modesto Junior College told student Robert Van Tuinen that he couldn't hand out copies of the Constitution
The justification for Barnes' expulsion? A collage--seen below (This is a faithful re-creation. The blurry original can be
For all these reasons, and so many more, Kindly Inquisitors may be more important than ever. I recently had the pleasure
But, as Dixie State University student and founder of Phi Beta Pi Indigo Klabanoff points out, the school has already chosen