Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Speaking Freely Congress Shall Make No Law on Campus Speech

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Speaking Freely Congress Shall Make No Law on Campus Speech

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Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, recently led a hearing on Capitol Hill about free speech on American campuses. Freedom of speech and thought are at risk in colleges and universities. But congressional intervention is a nonstarter.

At the hearing, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said that in speaking on college campuses, he has "encountered anti-free-speech measures, administrative cowardice, even physical violence."

In just the past year, Americans have seen a scholar greeted with a riot at a prominent liberal-arts college and a professor warned to leave campus to keep himself safe. The disinvitation of controversial speakers is now commonplace, as is the restriction of free speech to designated areas on campuses. And in a 2016 survey, a majority of college students agreed that the culture on their campus stopped some people from speaking their minds, lest they offend others. …

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