When I attended a major university in the 1970s, anyone was free to say anything they wanted to say, politically, anywhere on campus, without fear of harassment or violence. Yes, there were liberal overtones at the time, but students were freely granted their constitutional right of free speech.
Over the years, many colleges and universities have become safe havens and manufacturing centers for liberal leftists who strive to destroy the America that gave them their freedoms and prosperity. They have been effectively shutting down and stopping conservatives and Christians from speaking publicly on many campuses. One example is the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s speaking engagement at the University of California-Berkeley due to protests by liberals who threatened violence if she was allowed to speak.
Many campuses have created ‘free speech zones’ where a conservative can speak freely. However, most these zones are tiny spots (less than 10 foot by 10 foot) in areas on campus that gets little traffic. Additionally, in order to speak freely in a free speech zone, one has to get permission from the liberal administration, which often refuses to grant permission.
In 2016, North Carolina State University instituted a policy requiring a person, persons or group to obtain a permit to conduct any kind of speech or communication anywhere on campus. The problem is that it seems no one else has been shut down for not having a permit like what happened to Grace Christian Life.
If you visit the university’s website and click on Mission, scroll down to where it lists NC State Values:
- Integrity—in the pursuit, creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge
- Freedom—of thought and expression
- Respect—for cultural and intellectual diversity”
Freedom? Not hardly if a conservative or Christian needs a special permit to exercise their First Amendment right of free speech. Sadly, the same thing has been happening on other campuses. Some have created free speech zones, a small remote location on campus where free speech is allowed, but then only after obtaining permission from college officials.
The University of Arizona in Tucson has gone one step further on the road to fascism and violating the rights of students. According to a recent report:
“Administrators at the University of Arizona are now accepting applications for ‘social justice advocates,’ whose job it is to snitch on other students accused of bias. They’re also expected to hold educational programs about “the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity” and maintain ‘social justice bulletin boards’ in student residence halls.”
“The job, which officially calls (archived link) for the advocates to ‘report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff,’ pays the student workers $10 an hour. They’re expected to work 15 hours a week, which means they could be making as much as $600 a month to police their fellow students.”
“Part of the job description reads:”
“‘The position also aims to increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding and acceptance of differences. Finally, this position intends to increase a student staff member’s ability to openly lead conversations, discuss differences and confront diversely insensitive behavior’.”
Former University of Colorado-Boulder Student Body President, Marcus Fotenos says that the ‘safe spaces’ his university and many others have created are NOT safe for conservatives like himself. He told the media:
“Essentially, safe spaces are places where students – or even community members, faculty, staff – can come together. In my mind, it is just an echo chamber for whatever policies they are pushing.”
“I am trying to figure out what a safe space is, because when they have them up on campus, I go there and I don’t feel very safe. If you are a white male, you are obviously very privileged. If you are conservative, you are in the wrong – you don’t want to help poor people. You believe in the American dream. So, you are not welcome there. It is not a safe place for you.” …
“So, after the election, there was a lot of Black Student Alliance, Black Lives Matter groups that had safe spaces for their members, but if you weren’t a part of their group, then it wasn’t a welcome place for you.”
In other words, the ‘safe spaces’ and ‘free speech zones’ are not what they are billed to be. They are still controlled and monitored by liberals who don’t want any conservatives or Christians speaking the truth about anything. However their liberal agenda is not about truth, but all about enslaving everyone else to follow their lead. Free speech threatens that agenda and therefore, they will do whatever they can to trample on the constitutional rights of conservatives and Christians in order to silence them.