Kennedy says college presidents need to back speech or resign
Sen. John N. Kennedy urged a college president to resign Tuesday and said the man “ought to hide his head in a bag” over a hostile atmosphere to conservative speakers at Williams College.
The Louisiana Republican used a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to blast Adam Falk, the college president, after he revoked an invitation to a conservative commentator to speak at his school, and after one of the school’s student organizations canceled antifeminist author Suzanne Vekner’s event.
“He’s not fit to be a college president as far as I’m concerned,” said Mr. Kennedy. “He needs to explain to students and have them understand that they do not have a constitutional right in life not to be offended.”
Republicans convened Tuesday’s hearing to highlight a growing list of college campuses that have censored conservative speakers, or imposed restrictions on those allowed to speak.
One student, Isaac Smith, told the senators he had to sue Ohio University after it censored his student organization’s T-shirt slogan.
His group, Students Defending Students, defended fellow classmates who were accused of violating the school’s Student Code of Conduct. After wearing T-shirts that said, “We get you off for free,” they were told never to wear them again by school administration because the shirts “objectified women” and “promoted prostitution.” — Alex Swoyer