A GOP lawmaker who has introduced a resolution aimed at protecting campus free speech says the measure is merely a first step in "restoring sanity" for America's college students.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) tells Campus Reform she and ten other senators are sponsoring the Campus Free Speech Resolution (S.Res.233) in an effort to restrain the increasing liberal chokehold on conservative thought.
"We don't think it's appropriate to have a litmus test to say only if you agree with the liberal approach or the approach from the left can you be considered worthy to participate in this conversation," Blackburn contends.
She finds it unfortunate that colleges and universities are discouraging critical thinking and intellectual pursuit.
"Imagine how you would feel if you were on a college campus and you were not encouraged to be inquisitive and to learn, if you were discouraged from exploring other opinions or reading a variety of work," Blackburn poses.
In a piece for the Washington Examiner, conservative commentator Charlie Copland – president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute – writes that he would like to see the Republicans do more by including protections for campus free speech in the next re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, which provides financial resources to colleges and universities.