Opinion

We can’t afford to retreat on college campuses

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Matthew Hurtt
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“Tolerant” liberals cannot stand views different from their own. A quotation attributed to the late conservative thinker William F. Buckley, Jr. adequately summarized their opposition to diversity of thought: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.“

Luckily, organizations exist to equip students (and in some instances, faculty and administrators) with the tools to combat the free speech police on campus.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) routinely criticizes university speech codes and provides legal assistance for those whose rights have been violated on campus. The Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org gives a voice to conservative students whose views are marginalized or silenced on campus. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) fights for religious liberty on campus.

These organizations can’t stop the speech police on campus by themselves. It takes a willing student who will stand up and fight back. It isn’t easy. It takes the courage of your convictions to weather public criticism. It takes guts to push back.

The Fordham CRs showed they lacked the courage of their convictions and the guts to stand up to the “tolerant” left on campus. It may seem like an insignificant story, but it’s a significant victory for speech police on campus. I hope future leaders of their organization have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the intolerance of the “tolerant” left at Fordham.

Matthew Hurtt is a libertarian activist and former Campus Services Coordinator for the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org. Follow him on Twitter @matthewhurtt