New GOP Bill Would Penalize Students Or Faculty Who Interfere With Free Speech

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Freedom of speech is an American right that is CLEARLY only subjectively respected by the majority — meaning, people only respect free speech when it’s something they like. The moment someone says something unpopular, people lash out, revolt and sometimes even get violent.

And, yes, I agree that some opinions are stupid and don’t deserve the light of day but it’s their American right to share their views, once it’s in not in line with the “exceptions to the first amendment”.

The GOP respects free speech and in keeping with their standards, GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced a bill that makes interfering with free speech in public universities a punishable offense. Students who interfere with free speech are subject to expulsion if the bill is passed. These sanctions can be repealed but if a student interferes with free speech twice then he or she WILL be punished.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos who is an avid supporter of the bill said: “All across the nation and here at home, we’ve seen protesters trying to silence different viewpoints. Free speech means free speech for everyone and not just for the person who speaks the loudest.”

One popular incident showcasing the subjective respect for free speech in public Universities in Wisconsin occurred last year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While strong conservative Ben Shapiro was speaking on stage, a group of “radical leftists” stormed the auditorium and began yelling “safety!”

The students didn’t cause any harm and were quickly removed from the area. Shapiro, in response, said: “The reason those people were not arrested is the administration decided…that if they called the cops and arrested those students, they would have shut down the entire event. All I can wonder is if the administration would have allowed the same sort of privilege for any sort of conservative who decided to do this at a lefty event.”

Of course, many liberals aren’t too happy with the idea of the bill. Scot Ross, executive director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now believes that it’s just a cheap trick by Republicans to disallow people from speaking out against them: “These Republicans want to make our campuses safe spaces for Republicans to be free of criticism and subject students to legal sanctions if they speak out.”

Below is an excerpt from the AP:

Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget plan, the university system’s Board of Regents would have to adopt a policy stating that concerns about civility and mutual respect should never be used to justify closing off discussions. But campuses could restrict speech that violates the law, falsely defames an individual or constitutes a threat, and students would be barred from obstructing others’ free speech rights.

The new bill goes further. The legislation would require regents to quickly adopt a policy requiring each campus to remain neutral on current public controversies. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the bill would bar chancellors and faculty members from expressing their viewpoints or if university lobbyists’ work would be forbidden.

We don’t know if this bill will even be passed but I would love to know what you think about it.

Source: The Blaze


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