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[VIDEO] Students Speak Out Against Free Speech In Interview With Steven Crowder

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Conservative comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder, of Louder with Crowder, stopped by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to ask college students an important question:

“Is free speech really all that important?” 

The visit was prompted after the university announced an “Inclusive Language Campaign” that provided students with diversity training and also provided students with a list of words that were considered to be unacceptable in everyday conversation.

Crowder explained that this social experiment was not done to poke fun at the stupidity of students or their responses, but was intended to simply have a sit-down conversation with students about free speech.

 “The truth is, their views on free speech are more shocking than any sensationalism could ever hope to be.”

What the Conservative comedian found was a group of students who believed that free speech should only be allowed when it is not offensive to another group or individual.

In other words, according to these students, free speech can be infringed if the listener feels offended by the speech.

As the old saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with the best intentions. Crowder pointed out that freedom of speech is rarely taken away through force, but is often taken away under the illusion of making the country a better place.

“Your right to freedom of speech is rarely taken away by the sword, but under the guise of making a better country for all of us.”

Though the mindset of students in these videos might be excused because we would say, “Well, they are young and don’t know any better,” in reality, these are adults who are preparing to enter the real world.

How could they have floated through high-school and a portion of college without having a basic understanding about the freedom of speech? Shouldn’t institutions of higher learning be educating students about how to critically think, and challenging students to consider viewpoints that they themselves may not agree with?

The First Amendment protects, specifically, the speech that others would deem offensive or speech that others would disagree with.

We know this because if all speech was not offensive or if everybody agreed with everything everybody else said, there would be no need for a constitutional protection for free speech.

You can watch the Steven Crowder video below:

 

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