Since the rise of liberal aggression and intolerance for conservatives, it’s become a common practice for many colleges and universities to restrict the free speech of conservatives. If the universities don’t restrict free speech of their students, liberal students take it upon themselves to silence conservatives and prevent them from their constitutional rights to free speech.
In September 2015 a group of students at Amherst College calling themselves Amherst Uprising issued a list of demands given to university President Biddy Martin. One of those demands wants Martin to issue a statement that the university does not tolerate the actions of students who recently held up signs reading All Lives Matter and Free Speech. The signs and posters for free speech were referring to what recently happened at the University of Missouri.
Another demand made by Amherst Uprising demanded that the school use the disciplinary process against students who handed out free speech fliers. They also demanded that the university force these students to go through ‘extensive training for racial and cultural competency.’
A week earlier, students at the University of Missouri and Yale University, protested that the administrations weren’t taking the actions on issues like race that the students believe should have been taken. Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard law professor referred to the students as book burners. He described the situations on the two campuses as ‘the fog of fascism is descending quickly over many American universities.’
Dershowitz mentioned fascism and referenced Nazi Germany so I looked up the definitions:
- Fascism – a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
- Nazi or Nazism – a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to regulate a specified activity, practice, etc.: a jazz nazi who disdains other forms of music; health nazis trying to ban junk food.
- Communism – a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
- Socialism – the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Depending on which college or university you look at, it seems that a growing number of them fit at least one of these definitions.
- They preach freedom of thought but only as long as that thought fits their ideology.
- They preach diversity but only as it pertains to others.
- They preach tolerance but it’s a one-sided tolerance where they demand everyone else accept their philosophies but they do not have to accept the philosophies of anyone who disagrees with them.
- They readily criticize others but whenever a student or faculty member criticizes them that individual or individuals are quickly disciplined. Heaven forbid if they find out a student is a Christian and worse yet if they believe in biblical creation.
- They preach that America is the world’s enemy and that we should be loyal to globalism instead of being patriotic to our own country.
There have been numerous incidents of some universities designating free speech zones where students were allowed express their free speech, but often only with university permission. If caught speaking freely about conservative or Christian issues anywhere else on campus, the students faced disciplinary action, up to expulsion.
In 2015, Thaddeus Pryor admitted posting on the 100% anonymous site Yik Yak that black girls were not hot. Others accused him of other postings that were more racial in nature, but Pryor only confessed to one post. There was absolutely no evidence against him for any of the other posts, but school officials at Colorado College took one day to decide to issue him a 21-month suspension from the school. The reason for a 21-month number was that was how long Pryor had left to complete his degree.
In 2016, outspoken conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was speaking at the University of Massachusetts when liberal protesters began shouting ‘Keep you hate speech off this campus.’
Earlier this year, Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California at Berkeley. His speech was cancelled when liberal students began a violent protest in which they destroyed school property and started fires.
Last month, conservative commentator Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak at Berkeley, but once again, liberal students began protesting and threatening more violence if the university allowed her to speak. Consequently, her right to free speech was violated by liberals as university officials caved into their demands.
Legislators in Wisconsin have decided to take action to protect the First Amendment right of free speech on all state-funded (public) universities, such as the University of Wisconsin, which is also known for its liberalism. The bill, called the Campus Free Speech Act will mandate that all public universities enact a policy that protects free speech of students and guest speakers. The bill says that universities must take neutral grounds on controversial issues and to allow all sides of an issue to freely express themselves. Additionally, the bill calls on public universities to take strong disciplinary action, including expulsion, against any and all students who protest and or act in a manner to restrict the free speech rights of others.
If California had such a bill, Berkeley would have a lot fewer students today.
The central point is that liberals cannot and will not tolerate others to exercise the same constitutional rights that they have. They are first to holler and file lawsuits if anyone violates their constitutional rights, but they have no problem violating the same rights of others that believe differently than they do. Liberals don’t want equality, they want superiority and control over everyone else.