And speaking of the Constitution (we were) I wonder if this might be part of the problem:
On the other hand, 21% students -- and 30% of self-described liberals -- agreed with the statement that the 1st Amendment was an “outdated amendment that can no longer be applied in today’s society and should be changed.”
Also remarkable was the fact that 35% of respondents agreed that “hate speech is NOT protected under the 1st Amendment.”
I wonder where our children get such notions?
In March 2008 Ayers was elected (by a large majority of his peers) as Vice President for Curriculum Studies at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), putting him in a position to exert great influence over what is taught in America's teacher-training colleges and its public schools. Specifically, Ayers seeks to inculcate teachers-in-training with a “social commitment” to the values of “Marx,” and with a desire to become agents of social change in K-12 classrooms. Whereas “capitalism promotes racism and militarism,” Ayers explains, “teaching invites transformations” and is “the motor-force of revolution.” According to a former AERA employee, “Ayers' radical worldview, which depicts America as “the main source of the world's racism and oppression,” thoroughly “permeates” AERA. – DiscoverTheNetworks
We are supposed to take comfort in the fact that 87% of the students in the poll agreed with the following statement:
“There is educational value in listening to and understanding views and opinions that I may disagree with and are different from my own.”
Although all that really does is reinforce my belief that poll results can largely be manipulated by the way the questions are worded. Because I’m sure if this group were to be asked whether allowing sexist/homophobic micro-aggressions in campus dialogue the same 87% would have voted a resounding “NO”.
Again, I blame the education system:
When the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper at Williams College recanted an editorial that had suggested that “some speech is too harmful to invite to campus,” she added this qualification: “Students should not face restrictions in terms of the speakers they bring to campus, provided of course that these speakers do not participate in forms of legally recognized hate speech.”
Uhh, excuse me Ms. Williams College editor, butt actually we don’t have “legally recognized hate speech” in this country. If that’s what you want you’ll have to move to Canada, Britain, France, Italy – or any one of the other Western nations where the concept of free speech has been reined in so as not to offend the newest citizens arriving daily by the boatload.
For students too busy attending BLM rallies, here’s the Cliff Notes version of the First Amendment: “hate speech” – it’s EXACTLY what is protected by numero uno in the Bill of Rights.
So my special little snowflakes, if you wish to retain the right to speak your mind on issues such as liberalism, socialism, political correctness, homosexual behavior, illegal aliens, homosexual 'marriage', abortion, Islam, gun control, polygamy, transgender behavior, adultery, fornication, pornography, Obama, environmentalism, global warming, and/or climate change” – you will be required to extend that same right to the people that you consider “haters” and “racists.” The hive mentality is simpler, butt really – you must resist. Because resistance is not futile:
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network