Yesterday, CNN posted an article called the “War on Campus: The Escalating Battle over College Free Speech.” It highlights a number of recent occasions from Auburn University to Middlebury College where protests against conservative speakers have turned violent.
One of my favorite quotes, and one I’ve especially had to remind myself of often during the last few months, is from Evelyn Beatrice Hall (often attributed to Voltaire): “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
There is a reason freedom of speech is our very first amendment in the United States. There is no progress without collective learning or the sharing of ideas and thoughts. Continue reading “Embrace the Gift of Disagreement”