National Free Speech News & Commentary

House Republicans Blame DEI Programs for Rise in Campus Antisemitism

November 15, 2023 1 min read

Katherine Knott
Inside Higher Ed

Excerpt: Diversity, equity, and inclusion programs on college campuses are behind the recent spike in campus antisemitism, several House Republicans said Tuesday during a hearing on “confronting the scourge of antisemitism on campus.”

“I think DEI is a fraud and what we’re seeing now on campuses is proof of that,” said Burgess Owens, the Utah Republican who chairs the House higher education subcommittee.
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Academic Freedom Alliance Statement on Campus Protests regarding Events in Israel and Gaza

November 14, 2023 1 min read

Academic Freedom Alliance

Excerpt: Since the attack on civilians in Israel on October 7, 2023, American college campuses have been the scene of political rallies, protests, and political statements coming from differing perspectives. The Academic Freedom Alliance takes no position on the politics of the Middle East or attempts to adjudicate competing claims. The AFA does, however, have a substantial interest in how the discussion of those events is conducted and regulated on American college campuses. Universities are now under extraordinary
pressure to police the speech and beliefs of members of the campus community. It is
essential that universities resist the pressure to do so.
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Free Subscriptions for DEI Admins

November 13, 2023 1 min read

Bari Weiss
The Free Press, Substack

Excerpt: What is happening today on our college campuses—the places where our future leaders are nurtured, but more often pampered, pandered to, insulated, and infantilized—is not new. Since the very first days of The Free Press, we have been reporting on it.

But the need to restore wisdom, open inquiry, and common sense to our universities has never been more urgent than at this moment.  That’s why we’re sponsoring 1,000 paid yearlong subscriptions to The Free Press. And every college administrator in the country who wants one is eligible.
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Commentary: Ah, Freedom

November 13, 2023 1 min read

Freddie DeBoer

Excerpt: There was an essay version of this, but honestly I don’t think any essay writing is necessary - the systematic silencing of Palestinian and Palestine-supporting voices is happening, no one is even pretending that it’s not happening, and it’s a direct threat to the basic principles of free expression that are supposed to apply to everyone and every topic, no matter what.
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The librarian who couldn’t take it anymore

November 11, 2023 1 min read

Ruby Cramer
Washington Post

Excerpt: It was her last Monday morning in the library, and when Tania Galiñanes walked into her office and saw another box, she told herself that this would be the last one.

Inside were books. She didn’t know how many, or what they were, only that she would need to review each one by hand for age-appropriate material and sexual content as defined by Florida law, just as she’d been doing for months now with the 11,600 books on the shelves outside her door at Tohopekaliga High School. Last box, and then after this week, she would no longer be a librarian at all.
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Free speech is still worth fighting for

November 10, 2023 1 min read

Jonathan Sumption

Excerpt: Freedom of expression is probably the most widely acknowledged human right in the world. Lip service is paid to it even in totalitarian states. Freedom of expression is not worth much in Russia or North Korea, but their constitutions guarantee it in very similar terms as the United Nations. And yet, it is today under greater threat than any other human right. This is happening even, perhaps especially, in liberal democracies. How are we to explain this paradox?
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