Matthew James Seidel

4 of the Biggest Fake Threats to Free Speech On Campus Invented by Right-Wingers

The issue of free speech on college campuses is sure to be a hot one in 2018. Unfortunately, the media too often ignores genuine threats to free speech, instead focusing on the insincere outrage of fascists, racists and others with grotesque views, who cynically portray themselves as martyrs to the First Amendment. According to this misleading narrative, snowflake/terrorist students, radical universities, and increasingly, Antifa are the real threats. So how do the arguments about these alleged threats to freedom of expression hold up? Here’s a look at four claims you’re likely to hear repeated ad nauseum in 2018.

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At the Conservative Student Action Summit, Plenty of Old Names, Ideas

Thousands of student activists are headed to South Florida this week for the right-wing version of spring break. What’s being billed as the largest gathering of young conservatives in the country will feature a full roster of red-state crowd pleasers like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Donald Trump Jr, Dinesh D’Souza and Sebastian Gorka. Attendees will also get “first-class activism and leadership training,” not to mention the chance to hobnob with the likes of James O’Keefe.

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The Teaching of Evolution Banned in Turkey, While Conservatives Work Hard to Erode the Role of Science in U.S. Schools

At a time when hate crimes against Muslims are at an all-time high in the United States, it’s hard to believe religious extremists in the U.S. could have much in common with religious extremists in Turkey, where the population is over 90% Muslim. But they certainly share at least one thing in common: a desire to undermine the teaching of science in schools. They are even targeting the same subject, evolution, as part of their radical sectarian agenda. And if they succeed, both the United States and Turkey will face equally devastating economic consequences.

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7 Real Threats to Free Speech on College Campuses

The speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida is dredging up all the usual talking points, painting students as somehow both pitiful snowflakes and violent terrorists. Coming from figures as diverse as Bill Maher and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this contradictory narrative at once demonizes student protesters and drowns out a growing number of very real threats to student free speech. Here’s a sample.

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As More Campuses Allow Concealed Weapons, Faculty Push Back

Conservatives routinely mock college students for their insistence on “safe spaces.” But “war zone” might be a more appropriate description of the atmosphere as a growing number of schools allow students and faculty to carry concealed weapons onto campus.  At Texas Tech University, the warnings of explosive violence on campus became a horrifying reality recently after a freshman shot a campus police officer in the head. The shooting came just days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott reassured the public that “concealed carry poses no danger on Texas campuses.” 

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