“Colleges and universities ought to be centers of free thought and spirited debate”
It’s going to be fun to hear Democrats and the media explain why defending free speech is a bad thing.
Campus Reform reports:
Sen. Cotton introduces bill to defund public universities that limit free speech
“Too many of America’s public colleges have attacked the First Amendment rights of their students using so-called free speech zones and unconstitutional speech codes,” Cotton stated. “This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth.”
Cotton recently told The New York Post that if enacted, the law could force universities to lose federal funding for abridging students’ rights to free expression.
“Colleges and universities ought to be centers of free thought and spirited debate — places where young Americans are exposed to all sides of an issue and sometimes hear things that they disagree with or maybe even makes them uncomfortable,” he said.
The Campus Free Speech Restoration Act is also designed to eliminate free speech zones that schools deem appropriate to hold open dialogue.
“The free speech zones on campus are usually relegated to the waste management treatment center in some corner of the campus where there’s never any foot traffic,” Cotton quipped.
At the time of when the legislation was introduced, it had nine Republican co-sponsors in the Senate, including Mitch McConnell, Rick Scott, and Marco Rubio. Congressman Greg Murphy of North Carolina has recently introduced a similar bill before the House of Representatives.
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