Loss of free inquiry on campus betrays liberal legacy

October 24, 2007

The newest big controversy about free speech on campus focuses on the case of a Hamline University graduate student in Minnesota who has been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation after expressing his political disagreements with campus diversity policies alongside a rather bone-headed reference to Virginia Tech. Although the student is a long-time gadfly who seems to revel in poking the Hamline administration with a stick, the case is important for precisely that reason. Freedom of speech is easy to support when the speech is politically correct or when dissent from political correctness is expressed with timidity and apology. It is when the opinions expressed directly disagree with the dominant ideology on campus that the commitment to real freedom of speech is put to the test...

Schools: Hamline University Cases: Hamline University: Student Suspended after Advocating Concealed Carry on Campus