ON-Lion Letter

"The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus," according to an October "Notable & Quotable" item in The Wall Street Journal.  "Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed.  The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming.

"By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty," according to the excerpt from the forthcoming November issue of The New Criterion.  "Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ 'trigger warnings' to alert students to material that might be discomfiting.  One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech.  Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect 'hate speech,' while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated.

"With the assault on free speech and the First Amendment proceeding apace in institutions once dedicated to robust intellectual debate, it is no wonder that there are more and more calls to criminalize speech that dissents from the party line on any number of issues, from climate change to race relations, to feminism and sex."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both the Buckley Program at Yale and The New Criterion.

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