There Is No 1st Amendment Right on College Campuses

There Is No 1st Amendment Right on College Campuses
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We are witnessing an escalating chorus of complaints that modern universities are trampling on the First Amendment. Universities stand accused of catering to the weakness of students with “fragile egos,” in Attorney General Jeff Sessions's words, who cannot bear to be offended by ideas that they oppose.

“Freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack,” Sessions saidat Georgetown last month, in a speech that referred to several incidents that have become touchstones for free speech advocates — including the the controversy that erupted at Berkeley when right-wing columnist Ben Shapiro spoke, and the shouting down of The Bell Curve author Charles Murray at Middlebury College last spring. Especially deplorable was the fact one of Murray's hosts, a professor, was injured in a post-speech scuffle.

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