Sen. Blackburn introduces campus free-speech resolution

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Ben Shapiro posterVoicing their concern about suppression of First Amendment rights on college and university campuses, ten U.S. senators are co-sponsoring a resolution to support free speech.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Campus Free Speech Resolution because “speech is worth protecting in a world increasingly hostile to democracy,” she said according to Campus Reform. 

Even though the resolution does not have the force of law, Nicole Neily of Speech First believes it will have an impact.

“I do think that it sends a significant signal to schools across the country,” says Neily, “that this is something that Congress, and the Senate in particular, is keeping an eye on."

Blackburn, Rep. Marsha (R-Tennessee)Senators co-sponsoring the resolution are Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Tim Scott (R-SC). 

Neily says the hostile environment on campuses puts a chilling effect on free speech and discussion, since students fear being reported over views the Left classifies as bigoted or just “hateful” opinions.

YAF free speech sign“And so they just don't discuss controversial topics at all anymore. They don't ask questions in class,” Neily warns. “They don't write term papers they believe in. They don't join clubs they want [to join] because they fear repercussions from the university."

It's not news to report that conservative students are ridiculed and even harassed by fellow students, and far-left professors use their power in the classroom to indoctrinate students and punish those who speak up. 

Most recently, OneNewsNow reported in a June 5 story that a Mississippi State professor worked left-wing dogma about diversity, discrimination, and"distributive justice" into exam answers in a "Business Ethics" course.

A student told Campus Reform the professor is known for grading students harshly if their beliefs don't align with his own.

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