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Constitutional Law Expert: College Students Don’t Want To Hear Other Ideas

“Speech is being effectively banned on campuses because the speaker has ideas that offend,” Floyd Abrams told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Floyd Abrams, a Constitutional law expert, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that free speech on college campuses is being suppressed by students who don’t want to hear ideas that they disagree with.

“I wanted to add another line from the Supreme Court’s opinion yesterday in which the court by an eight to nothing vote said the following, ‘Speech may not be banned on the grounds that it expresses ideas that offend,'” Abrams told the Committee.

“What brings us here today is that time and again speech is being effectively banned on campuses because the speaker has ideas that offend. That’s the problem,” Abrams continued. “Students find it intolerable to have certain speakers appears and certain ideas expressed with which they disagree and which they find offensive or even outrageous.”

“We have, I have to say it, a problem with students,” Abrams concluded. “We have a problem in that too many people are unwilling to listen to ideas with which they disagree and that it is a problem which only has a long-term solution.”