I’m sure at this point you’ve seen the interview videos held on college campuses around the United States. I’ve watched several of them today as I took advantage of a rainy day. In these videos a guy or lady walks around college campuses asking students about their political views and then asks them to give specifics to back their belief system. Rarely can the students provide substance to defend their beliefs.
One particular video grabbed my attention for 2 primary reasons. First, because of the number of college students who seem to be espousing socialist views. Secondly, because many who were interviewed believe that free speech only applies to those expressing views that aligned with their own. And differing views should be considered “hate” speech.
I don’t agree with many people who are extremists, but I do believe they have the right to express their views. And sometimes it is painful to let someone speak, especially if their views are racial, anti-religion, pro-life/pro-abortion, etc. Opposing views should not automatically be classified as “hate” speech and it alarmed me to listen to student after student express this world-view.
And quite a few agreed with amending the Constitution to limit citizens’ right to free speech!
But when asked WHY the Constitution should be amended they were not able to provide a single valid reason why. Eventually they fell back on their belief that “hate speech” should be restricted.
I don’t believe this is a view I’ll be adopting any time soon.