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Survey Finds Majority of Students at UW-Madison Think Government Should Punish ‘Hate Speech’

Survey Finds Majority of Students at UW-Madison Think Government Should Punish ‘Hate Speech’

“Left-wing activists are constantly trying to expand what the ambiguous term includes.”

Hate speech loosely translates as anything the left doesn’t like.

The Federalist reports:

Study Finds Majority Of College Students Think Government Should Punish ‘Hate Speech’

An overwhelming majority of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison think the government should be able to punish “hate speech,” according to a new study released Thursday.

An online survey of 530 undergraduates, conducted by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, asked students, “How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The government should be able to punish hate speech?” More than half, 63 percent, responded that they agree, 29 percent disagreed, and 6 percent were unsure.

What constitutes “hate speech” is very subjective and a hot-button issue on college campuses. Left-wing activists are constantly trying to expand what the ambiguous term includes. Statements that veer from the leftist orthodoxy on issues such as abortion, gender, race, and immigration are often deemed “hate speech.”

In fact, 40 percent of students agree the government should be able to restrict the speech of “climate change deniers,” and 50 percent of students believe the government should be able to restrict the speech of “racially insensitive people.” An unsettling 53 percent believe that employers’ religious beliefs should give way when it comes to providing goods or services, such as contraceptives or abortion coverage, that violate their religious beliefs.

The report says that “these results show that many students find it difficult to distinguish between, on the one hand, the moral concerns of speech or activities that are contested or even detestable and, on the other, the long run value derived from free speech and religious liberty.”

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Big tech dupes. No thinking skills. Imagine what would happen to them if the internet actually went down.

The mind boggles.

Nearly as I can tell, what happens in Madison, stays in Madison. I’ve never known anyone who would admit having a degree from that place.

OTOH, I don’t really mingle with those sort of miscreants. James Madison would be so deeply, tragically ashamed to have his name associated with such depravity.

I’ve never even been to Wisconsin but am ashamed of and for them that they are the way they are. From what I have read, they could compete with Massachusetts for places that have no useful purpose to humanity.

Just shows that U of Wisc does not understand the concept of free speech or academic freedom. A really bad place. Students are stupid and clueless.

Hate speech? The first thing to do is challenge them to define the term. Until then a conversation is impossible, but it does give them an opportunity to look like fools.
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