By Thomas Lindsay
Of late, there has been a deluge of news accounts detailing gross violations of free speech and debate on American campuses. From campus speech codes, to commencement speaker “dis-invitations,” to naked ideological indoctrination in the classrooms, our universities, whose defining mission is the unfettered, nonpartisan quest for truth, are instead becoming havens for conformism, empty shells of the Socratic ideal from which they originally sprang.
But this oppressive regime may be beginning to crumble, at least if some members of the U.S. Congress have their way. In June, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing titled, “First Amendment Protections on Public College and University Campuses,” which investigated the extent to which free speech is still protected on taxpayer-funded campuses. CONTINUE READING HERE