October 17, 2017

Majority of College Students Hostile to First Amendment, Says Study

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

A new study confirms what most of us already knew: A majority of college students are hostile to free speech.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released a survey, which the group calls "the most comprehensive survey on students’ attitudes about free speech to date," which reveals that college students overwhelmingly reject the First Amendment. 

A majority of students on college campuses self-censor in class, support disinviting some guest speakers with whom they disagree, and don’t know that hate speech is protected by the First Amendment. The study also finds that Republican and Democratic students have different opinions on campus protests, disinvitations, and hate speech protections.

  • 46 percent of students recognize that hate speech is protected by the First Amendment, and 48 percent of students think the First Amendment should not protect hate speech.
  • Most students (56 percent) support disinviting some guest speakers. Democratic students are 19 percentage points more likely than their Republican peers to agree that there are times a speaker should be disinvited. 
  • 58 percent of college students think it’s important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas.

Also notable from the survey: Students who identified as “very liberal” were 14% more likely to express feeling comfortable expressing opinions in class than their conservative peers. 

FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley said of the findings, "There is clearly a partisan divide in how students perceive free speech on college campuses. This further solidifies the importance of FIRE’s mission. Free expression is too important to become a partisan issue in higher education.”

FIRE's survey results should come as no big surprise. Extreme left-wing thought has become the norm on college campuses, even among faculty--currently, left-leaning professors outnumber right-leaning professors 12 to 1. It's gotten to the point where many conservative students no longer feel comfortable expressing their views openly. 

The First Amendment should be respected and treasured by people on both sides of the political aisle; but unfortunately, many on the left seek to stomp out all dissenting opinions and make college campuses into left-wing echo chambers. 

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commented 2017-10-21 20:37:12 -0400
What they just don’t get is that nobody other than the liberal party gives a damn what they think.
commented 2017-10-18 17:07:25 -0400
College students are fucked… What’s the point of having all that education if you can’t say what’s on your mind.!!
commented 2017-10-17 20:26:33 -0400
Most de-educated students are hostile to free speech…..unless it’s theirs.
commented 2017-10-17 19:46:11 -0400
Bruce Clark and Joanne Thauberger, excellent comments!
commented 2017-10-17 19:19:11 -0400
Nicely said Joanne. The brain washing does start with the youth and it never seems to stop in the “education” system. Paul Dixon should read your reply, and if he is offended by Milo well don’t watch or listen to him. Milo speaking his mind gives the snow flake generation a long term temper tantrum, which can be soothed with a hug, pixie dust and a teddy bear a la Justin Trudeau.
commented 2017-10-17 17:06:51 -0400
Paul Dixon… You are assuming that invited speakers somehow consumer part of your college dues?… Most off-campus speakers are invited by clubs who pick up the tab for their travel costs and maybe a lunch afterwards… And how does a “campus conservative group” get to use your money without your approval?
commented 2017-10-17 17:05:37 -0400
First generation Eloi. Hitler targeted the youth of the nation as well because they have little to no experience and have the most impressionable minds. They seem to think that everything should be free for them and that they have more knowledge of the world, because they read it in a biased book, than someone who has actually lived and worked in it for decades. A lot of them cannot even add, subtract, divide or multiply. This is what happens when you push someone through the school system when they are not ready to advance and let the children run the household. They believe that the only speech that should be listened to is theirs and if you say something they don’t like they throw a temper tantrum.

They are trying to avoid the issues of actually having to have responsibility for themselves and consequences for their actions. They believe that relying on the state to look after them is a dream world. Little do they realize that they will have very few rights or freedoms when they are completely dependant upon someone else for their wellbeing.

This ‘free speech’ movement got it momentum in the 50s and 60s from places like Berekely in the first place. Now they have turned totally fascist and won’t allow anyone else to have a voice. Spoiled brats that could use a lesson on how to get along in the world. They are being used as pawns and are to uninformed to even realize it. Like I said. “First generation Eloi”.
commented 2017-10-17 17:04:44 -0400
If this country has a fucking problem with hate speech then it needs to ban Islam.
It teaches hate in it’s purest form, it hates absolutely everything not Islam. Ban it and we don’t need stupid bills like 103.
commented 2017-10-17 16:28:48 -0400
Though I would not condone violently protesting against any particular campus speaker, I would voice my concern to campus newspapers if I thought someone coming to speak, at the expense of my college dues, was really inappropriate. That would include speakers from both the left and right.
For example, though I applaud his position on free speech, I would be dismayed at a campus conservative group using my money to invite Milo to speak. He is a buffoon, a sensationalist, and his off-the-wall crudity is not even funny. He adds nothing to the debate. A waste of my money if i were in the group inviting him.
My opinion.
commented 2017-10-17 14:51:21 -0400
Most students are unaware of the price that was paid for free speech or why you would never want to surrender the right to determine what is free speech to any political party. These beliefs if made laws can easily be turned against you. All of this is no doubt due to our Marxist teachings in the school. They need to be exposed to those who have lived and fled the communist rule or countries that rejected it after having lived under it’s oppression. Only the egg heads in universities seem to have a love for communism not people living in the real world.
commented 2017-10-17 14:51:19 -0400
Most students are unaware of the price that was paid for free speech or why you would never want to surrender the right to determine what is free speech to any political party. These beliefs if made laws can easily be turned against you. All of this is no doubt due to our Marxist teachings in the school. They need to be exposed to those who have lived and fled the communist rule or countries that rejected it after having lived under it’s oppression. Only the egg heads in universities seem to have a love for communism not people living in the real world.
commented 2017-10-17 12:37:26 -0400
Ending free speech is the art of making evil and stupid people look and feel good. As an example, look at the Liberals, Bill 103.

Poor Justin.
commented 2017-10-17 12:11:36 -0400
A few years ago while on a cruise I had a conversation with a crew member from Romania, where he told me that in his country people are not free to speak freely about the government. He explained that sometimes when people criticized the government to the wrong person or were overheard, they just disappeared and there family’s never knew what happened to them. This is why free speech for everyone is so important and critical for our freedom.
commented 2017-10-17 11:18:24 -0400
Its a Marxists educational system.
commented 2017-10-17 10:56:24 -0400
“…The First Amendment should be respected and treasured by people on both sides of the political aisle; but unfortunately, many on the left seek to stomp out all dissenting opinions and make college campuses into left-wing echo chambers…”

Yeah, it’s called FASCISM!
commented 2017-10-17 09:22:40 -0400
I would be willing to bet that those students that are against free speech to any degree have not had their voice silenced on an issue about which they are passionate.