Oct 29, 2015

Liberal Hypocrisy on Freedom of Speech Perfectly Exposed

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Red Alert Politics reports a new poll shows the majority of college students favor censorship and “mandatory sensitivity training”:
If it seems free speech has been in the news a lot lately, that’s because it has. It’s worth reporting about when multiple campuses take an issue with free speech. And these are liberal students on liberal college campuses, who act, many of them, in the name of being inclusive, accepting, and tolerant.
As was reported on Monday about a recent poll commissioned by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program:
The report found that 51 percent of millennials on college campuses support their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty, and another 63 percent favor professors employing “trigger warnings” to alert students of material that could upset them.

A shockingly high 33 percent could not identify the First Amendment as part of the Constitution that supported free speech. Similarly, 35 percent said that the “hate speech” was not protected.
Nearly a third of self-identified liberal students said the First Amendment is outdated.
Today, YAF also released a poll on liberal students and free speech. In it they mentioned:
Though 97% of liberal students surveyed said it is important to protect free speech and 74% believe it’s more important to protect the right to free speech than to make sure no one is offended, more than half of them (54%) also said the Confederate flag should be banned.
Liberal students were also less likely to think diversity of opinion “enhanced” their educations if diversity included conservative perspectives.
Despite many students’ disapproval of free speech, the poll found overwhelming majorities of students are troubled by the rise of political correctness.
The results found:
  • Students overwhelmingly (77% to 15%) think their schools should allow the gay pride flag, but they were against (44% to 41%) allowing the Confederate flag.
  • Though 74% of liberal students agreed it’s more important to protect the right to free speech than make sure no one is offended, only 35% would allow the Confederate flag on campus and 54% backed banning it.
  • Students’ belief in the value of hearing alternative perspectives dropped eight percent, a statistically significant amount, when the alternative perspective was specified to include conservatism.
  • Still, 64% of students agree that political correctness makes it difficult to talk openly about various issues on their campus.
  • 60% also agree that ideas or concepts are omitted from their curriculum because of political correctness.
Now, does this mean that the polls conflict? Not exactly. Liberals may not actually understand free speech, especially if it doesn’t communicate the ideas they themselves agree with.
As YAF puts it in a press release, “the Left purports to love free speech in theory, but can’t stomach it in practice.”
National Review also provided an analysis of the poll, and found it “perhaps most trouble of all” that 48 percent of supports support “universal, mandatory sensitivity training.” Fifty-three percent also strongly or somewhat strongly agreed that “choosing to use or not use certain words can constitute an act of violence.”
As David French mentions in his take:
Thus, we can begin to reconcile the seemingly contradictory results. Perhaps students aren’t confused at all. Perhaps they’re merely good learners. Colleges by word and deed teach students that there is “free speech” — the speech they find valuable enough to protect — and “not speech,” the expression they really, really don’t like. The gay pride flag? Speech. The Confederate flag? Violence.

It may be necessary to put out a qualifier nowadays when it comes to coddled, liberal students and free speech. To them, their support for free speech means the right to agree with them and share politically correct views.
Not only is that not what free speech is about, but it’s never been about that. If anything, freedom of speech is the right to disagree, even and especially with popular, liberal, and politically correct viewpoints. 


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