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· The author explains that state lawmakers have a responsibility to stand up to those who threaten free speech on campus because it is not a university’s role to shelter students from different ideas.
· Is there a role here for donors who provide financial support to their alma maters?
A few weeks ago, I talked to Clemson University student Morgan Bailey, chair of the local chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. In 2018, her group set up a pro-life display, with signs and white crosses marking “the lives lost to abortion,” but the display was vandalized. At the time, the incident received little attention; CampusReform covered the story, but local South Carolina media largely ignored the news.
The re-introduction of a legislative proposal to protect free speech on South Carolina’s college campuses, modeled after the Goldwater Institute’s work with Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Jim Manley of the Pacific Legal Foundation, and myself, has given Morgan’s experience and those like hers the attention they are due.
As I wrote in the Charleston Post and Courier in late January, “over the past three years, students and faculty on both sides of political debates have had their voices silenced. Some have even been physically threatened because of their beliefs.” While cameras captured the vandalism at Clemson, the perpetrators were not found, and the university did not issue any consequences.
Read the full article about free speech on campus by Jonathan Butcher at In Defense of Liberty Blog.