America's liberal college campuses keep failing the free speech test, and the lack of First Amendment rights in the name of tolerance has finally caught the attention of Congress.
Two subcommittees of the House Oversight Committee held a hearing late last week that kicked off with footage of full-scale riots on campuses to prevent conservative speakers from speaking.
The hearing also include a first-hand account from columnist and speaker Ben Shapiro. He has repeatedly clashed with university officials after he was invited to speak by college chapters of the Young America's Foundation.
The motive for blocking his speeches, he said, is the Left's belief that his conservative views are too dangerous to allow on a college campus.
"This philosophy," Shapiro told the subcommittee, "ranks the value of a view not based on the logic or merit of the view, but on the level of victimization in American society experienced by the person espousing the view."
The more victimization you can claim, he further explained, the more your opinion should dominate any discussion.
"If a straight white male, or anybody else who ranks lower on the victimhood scale, says something contrary to the viewpoints of the higher-ranking intersectionality identity," he said, "that person has engaged in a micro-aggression.
Appearing after Shapiro, comedian Adam Carolla said the college students who oppose Shapiro and other speakers are coddled children. They grew up "dipped in Purell" and have yet to hear an opinion that clashes with their own beliefs, he said.
The real fault, he said, lies with the college professors and administrators who allow the students to remain coddled even on a college campus.
"We need the adults to start being the adult," Carolla told the committee.