Our Campuses are Increasingly Humorless and Intolerant
More and more, American college campuses are falling under the domination of social justice warrior types — students and faculty members who are so wrapped up in their self-righteous crusades for rectifying all perceived wrongs that they won’t tolerate disagreement …
Ian, the other day, our Kevin Williamson — what other Kevin Williamson is there? — wrote, “If you believe that people should be ruined for holding opinions at variance with your own, you cannot really call yourself ‘liberal.’” I said …
‘Affirmative Consent’ Is in Control Now
Often the term “affirmative consent” is used to describe how many campus policies now dictate students obtain verbal, enthusiastic, and continual consent from their sexual partners during a hookup lest it later be deemed assault or rape.
But affirmative consent …
We Won’t Let You Say That — For Your Own Safety
Suppose that a college student wanted to point out the foolishness of gun-free zones by pretending to create a “murder-free zone” on campus. Is that expression protected by the First Amendment against pusillanimous officials of a public university? At Portland …
It’s All about the Publicity, Not the Law: Satanists Sue for Religious Freedom
An organization called the Satanic Temple believes that the First Amendment and Missouri’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) require that Missouri transform itself into a university-style “safe space” where precious snowflakes are protected from hearing differing opinions. The Satanists’ …
Celebrating a Conservative Fourth of July
We asked some contributors and friends of NR how they will be celebrating July 4. Here are their replies:
Ryan T. Anderson
I’m celebrating my freedom to tell the truth, and working to protect that freedom for future generations.
— Ryan T. …
They Don’t Have Freedom of Speech in England, Either
Sir Richard Timothy Hunt still has his Nobel Prize for cancer research, but earlier this month he resigned from his position as honorary professor of life sciences at the University College of London and from an awards committee of the …
Is Azerbaijan Doomed to Remain a Police State?
Reporting in the bad old days of the Cold War had its particular inbuilt moral problem. Was it right to ring up and arrange a meeting with a dissident when the secret police on the watch was certain to add …
I’m Not Going to Boycott ‘Gay-Friendly’ Businesses
Franklin Graham has pulled the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s accounts from Wells Fargo bank after a bank commercial featured a lesbian couple. Announcing the move, he called on other Christians to “stop doing business with those who promote sin and …
Gender Police Know No Bounds
Science magazine retracted an online post from one of its websites because the post wasn’t properly harsh toward men’s behavior.
The post was by Alice Huang, a senior biologist at Cal Tech — and former president of the AAAS! …
A Fox News broadcast recently had a teaser like this: “She‘s in trouble over private emails, and she’s not Hillary Clinton.”
The target of the comment was Phyllis Wise, former chancellor of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, …
Great Moments in Flummoxing
Remember when Congressman John Lewis looked at those Occupy people, with their “up twinkles” and “down twinkles,” as they refused to let him speak? The look on his face said, “These people are crazy.” I wonder how Senator Bernie Sanders …
Despite the Supreme Court, You Won’t Find Much “Viewpoint Neutrality” on Campus
In 2000, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Southworth case, where students had challenged the way the University of Wisconsin was using their mandatory fees — specifically to bring mostly left-wing speakers to campus. Using mandatory fees for campus …
Free Speech and Religious Liberty Are Under Siege
Flush with victory following the Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Left is doing what it does best — bringing down the hammer on dissent. In Oregon, a young couple faces a gag order and ruinous fines …
What are American College Students Learning?
Quite a large number seem to learn little of any lasting value, according to Arum and Roksa in Academically Adrift. That’s bad enough, but some students appear to be absorbing some truly cancerous ideas on campus. They’re learning how to …
I Complain about America Out of Love — and Fear for the Future
Having put pen to paper, I tend invariably to gripe. I gripe about the state in which I live, and its feckless, arrogant governor. I gripe about the federal government’s endless attempts to control everything that moves. I gripe …
Do UC’s “microaggression” guidelines crimp free speech?
Recently, the University of California system posted recommendations for faculty members regarding that all-important subject of microaggression. Very important to avoid them — they can “create a hostile learning environment.”
Once this began to attract attention, however, the UC brass …
Speech Isn’t about Ideas, but now about Identity
So argues the anonymous writer in this new SeeThru post. Given the penchant among intolerant leftists for going after those who dare disagree with them, it’s probably wise for the writer to remain anonymous. Freedom to speak and argue, he …
Justice Department Goes After Hyperbolic Internet Commenters at Reason
At Popehat, Ken White relates an utterly bizarre story:
The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ …
Title IX, Activist Plaything
Jessica Gavora writes:
Since its passage 43 years ago, Title IX has proved to be a remarkably elastic law. It has been stretched and warped from its original intent to end discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive …