There seems to be a growing tendency to silence those whose ideas** offend us, at least on many campuses. Those ideas are usually, though not always, ones that contest various leftish orthodoxies, especially about prejudice, discrimination, oppression, exploitation, power and privilege.
**The sources below are about IDEAS, not hurling slurs, insults, or threats.
This post is a roundup of recent stories on such events. Links to sources are underlined.
Reimagining Pastor Martin Niemöller’s troubling passage:
First they refused to hire Pro-Life faculty, and I did not speak out
Because I was not Pro-Life.
Then they refused to hire Conservatives, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Conservative.
Then they came for the Moderates, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Moderate.
Then they came for the faculty who upset the students, and I did not speak out
Because I did not upset them.
Then they came for me
And there was no one left to speak for me.
And no one had taught the students how to live in a free and open society with people who disagree with them.
Yale professor hounded for suggesting students should think about the political consequences of their actions. (you HAVE to read this. Scroll down to see her "offensive" statement)
Scholarly sources on political bias in the social sciences (a form of speech restriction, if, e.g., findings based on sound methods and statistics that fail to support leftist orthodoxies have more trouble getting published than findings that support those orthodoxies).
A little comic relief: Modern Edukayshun
And, under the category, "You Really Cannot Make This Up": Yoga Class Suspended as "Cultural Appropriation" -- Or, maybe the category is "Life Imitates Art"??? Compare the Modern Edukayshun satire to this true story -- it will be worth the 10 minutes...
But this is not funny to some college students. Famous comedians are refusing to play college campuses:
And Some Solutions
Faculty banding together to combat these threats: HeterodoxAcademy.Org