Fear Of Ideas

By Amy Alkon


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Fear Of Ideas
Forget whether you agree with this girl or not. Shouldn’t she be allowed to express her opinion? What pussies we as a people have become that we deem ideas that we are disturbed by as “bias” — worthy of silencing.

The story is at SpeakUpMovement.org:

Beth Sheeran was a nursing student at Spokane Falls Community College in 2008 when she spearheaded an effort by a Christian club on campus to sponsor a pro-life event. She had almost completed the extensive preparations when she learned the college was shutting down the event. Her determination to know why brought her face-to-face with the sometimes absurd objections of the faculty and administrators (“Washington is a pro-choice state, and we can’t use school grounds for a pro-life display.”) and their very real determination to silence free speech on campus. She and other club members were threatened with expulsion, should they so much as hand out flyers with pro-life themes.

Realizing that “the abuse of authority would also shut doors to the Gospel,” and worried that fear for their education might keep many Christian students from speaking the truth, Beth reluctantly decided to file a suit against the school district whose policies were being enforced at Spokane Falls and other colleges and universities throughout the area. Alliance Defending Freedom represented her, and the district soon settled the case, agreeing to change its restrictive speech policies and restore the First Amendment protections of all students.

What I love about theFIRE.org is that they defend people on campus who’ve had their free speech rights violated — no matter what they are advocating and whether they personally agree with it. This is what protects free speech for all of us. The First Amendment is necessary for the people who say objectionable things, not for people who talk like they’re reading out of a Hallmark card.

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