Thankfully one state legislature is taking a stand against the social justice warriors, trigger warnings, and the war against free speech on campus
A new Tennessee bill that would offer sweeping protection to college students' right to free speech -- including banning bias-reporting systems -- came under consideration Tuesday.
The Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act intends to establish a system "for students or other persons to report incidents of mere bias, where no threats or harassment occurred."
What's more, the bill also seeks to bar universities from "punishing, disciplining, or censuring students for the content of students’ lawful speech by way of or through any of the faculty, employees, or organizations of the institution."
In other words, students will not be "disciplined" for their so-called "microagressions."
"The best kind of educational environment is one where there’s a lot of controversy and conversation about various issues, and we encourage students to speak up," state Rep. Martin Daniel told The College Fix.
“We want our students to be prepared for the real world, and those classes of speech that might be considered microaggressions just happen in the real world,” Daniel added.
The bill, HB 2063, also calls on governing boards to stop any mandatory use of trigger warnings. Campus leaders, under the bill, must also protect students’ rights to peacefully assemble, and prohibits free speech zones, which are areas set aside for demonstrations that essentially restrict the ability of students to exercise their free speech rights anywhere on campus.
The act, which has also been introduced in the state senate, requires the creation of campus policies that would allow “free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberations” and asks officials to frequently reaffirm a commitment to such principles.
Such policies should promote mutual respect and civility, but the lack of that may not justify shutting down discourse “no matter how offensive or disagreeable the ideas may be to members of the community,” the act says.
We hope similar bills will be introduced, and adopted, in states across the nation so that a sense of equilibrium and sanity in our institutions of higher learning can be restored.