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GOP senator: Strip cash from colleges that deny free speech

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  vic-eldred  •  last year  •  16 comments

By:   Rikki Schlott (New York Post)

GOP senator: Strip cash from colleges that deny free speech
Tom Cotton is pushing a bill to end funding for campuses which disrespect the First Amendment.

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Colleges and universities that violate students' free speech rights could be stripped of federal cash under legislation being proposed by Republican senator Tom Cotton.

Cotton told The Post that his Campus Free Speech Restoration Act would bolster free expression in American higher education.

"Colleges and universities ought to be centers of free thought and spirited debate — places where young Americans are exposed to all sides of an issue and sometimes hear things that they disagree with or maybe even makes them uncomfortable," the Ark. senator told The Post.

Cotton said the time has come to reaffirm the importance of open dialogue as campuses across the country are shaken by free expression controversies— from the University of South Carolina refusing to recognize a free speech student group to Stanford Law School students shouting down US Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan in March.

"If you've gone to law school and you can't tolerate hearing the other side of an argument and you can't meet it with counterarguments but rather meet it with shouts and heckling, then you've probably gone into the wrong line of work," the Senator said of the Stanford debacle.

Students tried to shout down federal judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a Trump appointee, when he was due to speak at Stanford Law School.Vimeo / Ethics and Public Policy Center Cotton says Stanford students shouting down Kyle Duncan in March was an especially low moment for campus free speech.

The legislation imposes different standards on private and public universities, since public universities are beholden to the First Amendment while private institutions are not.

It requires public universities to have policies consistent with the First Amendment and threatens to withhold federal funds if a school's policies run afoul of free speech.

The law would also ban public colleges and universities from establishing so-called "free speech zones," which are small areas of campus designated for free expression.

Cotton said free speech shouldn't be quarantined into specific zones of campus.

"The free speech zones on campus are usually relegated to the waste management treatment center in some corner of the campus where there's never any foot traffic," the senator joked.

And students at private schools would gain protections, too.

Cotton's proposal would require private schools to clearly disclose their campus speech policies both to students and the Department of Education as a condition for receiving federal funding.

The University of South Carolina didn't recognize a free speech club but changed course after the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression challenged the decision.Getty Images

It would also affirm that schools have a "contractual obligation" to their students to actually live up to their stated policies.

If they break their promises, then students would have a course of legal action in court.

That means, thanks to this bill, colleges and universities that trample on free speech could actually have to pay out damages. Cotton hopes that threat will make activist administrators think twice before violating students' rights.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is one of nine co-sponsors of the bill, all of them Republican.AFP via Getty Images

"Unfortunately, thanks to the politicization of faculty and college administrators and left-wing thought police, increasingly many of our universities are some of the most monolithic institutions in the country," he alleged.

Senator Cotton is joined by nine fellow sponsors of the bill, including Mitch McConnell, Rick Scott, and Marco Rubio. All are Republicans, who are a minority in the Senate.

"I wish we had more Democratic support, but I've got to say it doesn't surprise me that we don't," Cotton said. "Unfortunately, the Democratic Party, and more broadly the progressive movement in America, is hostile to free speech."

Cotton said he hopes the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act will help reorient academia back towards free speech principles central to the nation's founding.

"The whole point of college is to expose students to ideas that they haven't previously heard," Senator Cotton told The Post. "But if we're protecting them and creating nothing but safe spaces and relegating free speech to the edge of the campus, we're failing the students that we're trying to educate."


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    last year

I've been saying it over and over: Stop funding them!

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
2  Ozzwald    last year

So no more funding for any colleges in Florida that follow DeSantis' "Don't say gay" law?

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Professor Silent
2.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Ozzwald @2    last year

Yeah, no more funding for Florida State where they can't even talk about black history anymore

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1    last year
Yeah, no more funding for Florida State where they can't even talk about black history anymore

Black history or queer theory? Tell us why one was mixed with the other?

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Professor Silent
2.1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    last year

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law in May a bill restricting how race and gender can be taught in Florida's public higher education institutions and banning them from using state or federal funding for diversity programs.  So...  Both race and gender.  You can support Cotton or DeSantis but not both.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1    last year

why deliberately mislead on the law?

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.3    last year

Because that’s all they got.  

Lies, propaganda, disinformation .... just bullshit in general.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.5  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.2    last year
restricting how race and gender can be taught in Florida's public higher education institutions and banning them from using state or federal funding for diversity programs. 

Right. Teachers need to teach reading writing and arithmetic. People should be hired via merit. The rest is between a child and a parent/parents.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ozzwald @2    last year
"Don't say gay" law?

Show us where that law says "Don't say gay?"

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
2.2.1  George  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.2    last year

The media knows that the left lack the intelligence to actually understand the law so they have to use catchy phrases so the ignorant sheep get in line.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.2.2  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.2    last year

It doesn’t.    It also doesn’t stop “gay” speakers from talking on campus.   Etc, etc.    

The lies and disinformation these Goebbelites are trying to push with this one is beyond the pale.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.2.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @2.2.2    last year

They do push propaganda. They have so many believing the shit

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.3  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @2    last year

Completely false.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.4  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @2    last year

the "don't say gay" thing is a leftwing MYTH.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.5  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @2    last year

how did you come up with that nonsense?

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    last year

Seems like an entirely reasonable consequence of purposely infringing on free speech.

 
 

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