241- “Freedom of Speech – Collegiate Edition”

By Hetty Gray

# 241 – April 27, 2017

“Freedom of Speech – Collegiate Edition”

Anne Coulter was to have spoken this evening at UC Berkeley. Once the bastion of all free speech, the assembly of students who throw bottles, set fires, and attack those of different persuasions is at it yet again.

This is not new — the sanctimonious venom of the left, but it has reached a point where no thinking (consider that adjective) American can turn away from its consequences.

Once spring was the harbinger of flowers and love. However, despite that reputation, it is engendering angst among those of us who cherish the freedoms afforded us by our beloved U.S. Constitution. And, in my opinion, this disgusting theme serves higher education right.

I am a proud and loyal alumna of Butler University. For years, I was a regular donor, but that ended on April 6, 2007, when noted speaker David Horowitz was hit with a pie thrown by a Butler University student. In response, Horowitz wanted the student expelled, but that never happened. That ended my financial support of a school I revere to this day.

Horowitz grew up the son of Communist parents. Over time, he saw communism and socialism for what it was and morphed into the passionate conservative we hear today. He founded Students for Academic Freedom, a nation-wide coalition of student groups dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity and academic freedom at America’s colleges and universities. He speaks widely and has appeared before student audiences at 150 colleges and universities.

When I first went to college at age 16, there was a smattering of leftist professors. Over the past fifty years the scales tilted to the point that a conservative faculty member is as rare as a July iceberg on the sidewalk in Phoenix.
College, in my view, should be a place where faculty leads students to discuss and debate different points of view. The students, in response, come to their own conclusions — often learning a lot in the process.

This, sadly, is not the case today. We have come to the point where young people who are old enough to act like adults need a “safe space” to protect them from those who do not agree with them.

Yikes! I hope the nation never needs to call upon these wussies to step up to fight for the freedom that they so cavalierly flaunt. Evidently, throwing Molotov cocktails and zealously beating supporters of our president is their new normal.

God help us. Oh, I forgot, most of them lack God in their lives, too. After all, faith and religion are crutches — along with weapons for personal protection. We not see these thugs using social media to threaten anyone of opposing viewpoints.

And, the law enforcement in Berkeley? It claims it cannot protect a speaker like Anne Coulter. With no protection for freedom of speech, America is lost. Yet it is reminiscent of 1930s Germany when similar bands of thugs held sway and gave rise to fascism at its worst.

Unless and until this intolerant atmosphere ends, lost our freedom of speech is lost. Instead, we launch “freedom to screech.” If you love this country, you need to take this seriously. This is dangerous.

Think about it. Better than that? Do something about it. Demand that colleges and universities decry, condemn, and punish those under their supervision who act more like criminals than students. Fascists are dangerous.

And what about guidance at the highest level? CBN News reports as follows: Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet gather for prayer weekly. Vice President Mike Pence and eight cabinet secretaries sponsor the sessions, which occur weekly in Washington.

It’s led by the founder of Capitol Ministries, Ralph Drollinger, who started working on arranging the Bible study during the Trump team’s transition to the White House.
Sponsors include Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
These are some of the most influential people in the U.S. government gathering weekly to grow themselves spiritually.

Like Nationwide Insurance claims in their ads, you are in good hands.

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