This summer, Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) introduced the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act, designed to enhance free expression in American universities. Murphy’s bill defines “expressive activities” to include peaceful assembly, speaking and listening, and protects them from “improperly restrictive” institutional incursions, such as speech codes, bias response teams and “free speech zones.”
It’s sad that such legislation is needed, but college is now a place where free inquiry, free speech and intellectual growth are imperiled. Surveys show many professors and students now self-censor for political reasons. A punitive progressivism has become dogma, and vague harassment policies, zealous students and ideological administrators chill dissent. Laws such as Murphy’s can help, but it’s vital to get the details right.
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