Tagged free speech

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A Moral Case for Free Speech

Free speech is a hot-button topic in the political arena. Where there once existed a general consensus surrounding the First Amendment’s importance, there is now a vigorous debate over which ideas deserve legal protection. This debate has permeated even the top levels of government. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch made overtures toward the prosecution of anti-Islamic…

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Will Hatred Eliminate “Hate Speech?”

One week before two conservatives spoke about feminism at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School on February 17, flyers calling to protest “hate speech” were scattered across the UMN’s campus. Christina Hoff Sommers and Milo Yiannopoulos spoke to a sold out Cowles Auditorium about the problems with and dangers of third-wave American feminism. In a world full…

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Nothing Upsets People Like the Truth

“You’re an asshole” and “Promote women not hate” were some of the comments that protesters shouted at the beginning of an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos and Christina Hoff Sommers. If these people had the attention span to hear a differing viewpoint, they would have perhaps learned that Sommers and Yiannopoulos were in fact promoting women…

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Free Speech is more than a check

The Minnesota Republic came to national attention when the Student Service Fees Committee (SSFC) gave this publication a formal written warning concerning its content. The relevant content was a back cover published from 2011, before anybody currently on staff attended the University of Minnesota. The cover depicted a person portraying a terrorist holding a firearm…

Give me my rights!

It is the sound of freedom and of a land that holds little back from you: Rights. Those things everyone talks about and comparatively few people truly understand. What is a right? What differentiates a right from a privilege? The ubiquity of protestors chanting for and demanding their rights, to sob stories of people who…

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