No free­dom on lib­eral cam­puses

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

“Welles­ley stu­dents ad­vo­cate hos­til­ity on cam­puses to si­lence con­ser­va­tive ‘hate speech’ ” (Web, April 20) ex­poses the eerily Or­wellian na­ture of the events un­fold­ing in our in­sti­tu­tions of “higher learn­ing.” At Welles­ley Col­lege, the case is be­ing made for us­ing force and vi­o­lence to sti­fle the free speech of those who “refuse to adapt their be­liefs.” In Fe­bru­ary, stu­dents ri­oted and set fires at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, to pre­vent an ap­pear­ance by con­ser­va­tive per­son­al­ity Milo Yiannopou­los.

At Mid­dle­bury Col­lege, Prof. Al­li­son Stanger was as­saulted by a mob of stu­dents as she at­tempted to mod­er­ate a talk last month with sci­en­tist Charles Mur­ray, who him­self was ridiculed and ver­bally as­saulted on stage.

Heather MacDonald, a critic of the “Black Lives Mat­ter” move­ment, had to be taken off cam­pus at Clare­mont McKenna Col­lege for her own pro­tec­tion when pro­test­ers be­came vi­o­lent. And just this month, con­ser­va­tive au­thor Ann Coul­ter’s ap­pear­ance at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, was can­celed due to the an­tic­i­pa­tion of vi­o­lence by stu­dents. Ms. Coul­ter has de­fi­antly said she will speak as planned be­cause she has been con­tracted to do so.

Mean­while, Har­vard Univer­sity’s LGBT of­fice has is­sued a brochure mak­ing stu­dents aware that gen­der iden­tity can change as fre­quently as “day to day” (“Har­vard tells stu­dents gen­der iden­tity can change ‘day to day’: Report,” Web, April 20). The doc­u­ment states that speech which chal­lenges or dis­agrees with trans­gen­derism is tan­ta­mount to “vi­o­lence.”

Com­mu­nism and fas­cism are be­ing pro­mul­gated at Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties, and it must stop. The First Amend­ment guar­an­tees each of us the free­dom to ex­press our views. Uni­ver­si­ties should al­ways be about higher learn­ing and teach­ing stu­dents how to think — not what to think. We must be open to ideas even if they dif­fer from our own.

We are see­ing a pat­tern of vi­o­lence against free speech in our uni­ver­si­ties which if left unchecked will dis­man­tle our Con­sti­tu­tion and our Amer­i­can way of life.

LOR­RAINE RYAN Ber­wyn Heights, Md.

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