Introducing the ‘MILO BILL’ – otherwise known as the “Tennessee Freedom of Speech on College Campus Bill”

Republican Tennessee lawmakers Rep. Martin Daniel and Sen. Joey Hensley have filed the “Tennessee Freedom of Speech on College Campus Bill,” also affectionately being called the “Milo Bill” to protect the First Amendment right to free speech on campus.

The College Fix  “We just want to ensure that our public universities give all students the right to free expression,” Hensley said at a press conference Thursday announcing the bill. “Too many times we’ve seen classrooms where the professor doesn’t want to hear both sides of an issue, we’ve heard stories from many students that, honestly, are on the conservative side that have those issues stifled in the classroom. We just want to ensure our public universities allow all types of speech.”

Citing the recent unrest at UC Berkeley, “the lawmakers indicated that the violence had hampered the expression of conservative ideas at Berkeley” and that “similar issues have cropped up in Tennessee,” the Tennessean reports, adding that Hensley “said the bill was specifically tailored to defend students with conservative views that he said had been silenced in the past.”

In a prepared statement, Yiannopoulos’ praised the bill, saying in part: “Vanishingly few schools have embraced the free speech principles outlined by the University of Chicago, and until they all do, the culture war that has erupted on campuses will not be over.”

“We are winning the war. And we will continue to win as long as students, and now defenders of free speech within the government, stand up to ivory tower intellectuals and left-wing administrators intent on shutting up any speech they don’t find convenient.”

BUT It’s going to be long haul if the following is any indication:

Tufts University student leaders reject free speech measure, call it ‘unsafe.’

The College Fix  A sweeping free speech resolution has been rejected by Tufts University’s student government, whose members called the effort to broaden and clarify students’ First Amendment rights “unsafe.”

Tufts has a “red light” speech-code rating from FIRE, which means it maintains at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.

Student Jake Goldberg’s free speech resolution called for an end to campus anti-free speech rules at Tufts, including vague administrative provisos that crack down on the “use of nicknames,” “hurtful words,” “bias-fueled jokes,” “comments on an individual’s body or appearance,” “innuendos of a sexual nature,” “gender bias,” and dozens more similar examples cited in the measure.

But the Tufts Student Senate recently voted 26 to zero with two abstentions to reject the proposal, with some senators saying free speech actually endangers students, and that free speech protections make administrators’ jobs impossible.

“I believe everyone’s right to access their education on this campus is more important than abolishing the protective restrictions we have on free speech,” one student senator declared after the vote.

Prior to the vote, Goldberg tried to sway his peers to support unabridged free speech on campus. Goldberg added that, without the measure passing, administrators can unfairly punish students for exercising their First Amendment rights.

But nearly every single senator voiced opposition to the measure, according to a video of the senate meeting posted on the student government’s Facebook page. Student senator Ben Kesslen said that after the resolution was first proposed, “we instantly heard that people were feeling unsafe on campus. Survivors of assault were feeling unsafe, students of color, queer and trans students, disabled students, students from all different marginalized identities, were feeling unsafe on this campus.”

The vote to reject the measure did not come as a surprise. After it was introduced in late September, Goldberg was viciously attacked and maligned on social media by peers who suggested he’s only lobbying for free speech so he can be free to say racist and oppressive things.

The insanity rolls on at the University of Missouri where the student government VP is ‘tired of hearing’ about First Amendment protections.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI  Missouri Students Association Vice-President Brenda Smith-Lezama said she is “tired of hearing” about that pesky First Amendment, most especially if students are spewing out “offensive” words:

“I personally am tired of hearing that first amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here. I think that it’s important for us to create that distinction and create a space where we can all learn from one another and start to create a place of healing rather than a place where we are experiencing a lot of hate like we have in the past.”

TRENDING: More College students protest against the First Amendment

AMHERST COLLEGE  The campaign of hurt feelings over basic constitutional rights rocks on across the country, most recently at Amherst College where protesters want administrators to “apologize for signs that lament the death of free speech.” Seriously.

“A group calling themselves the Amherst Uprising listed 11 demands they want enacted by next Wednesday. Among them is a demand that President Biddy Martin issue a statement saying that Amherst does ‘not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the ‘All Lives Matter’ posters, and the ‘Free Speech’ posters,’” The Daily Beast reports.

Read that again. Carefully. Even better: A.U. also wants those responsible for the fliers to “go through a disciplinary process as well as ‘extensive training for racial and cultural competency.’” Welcome to Mao’s China, people. Protests demand the school president apologize for signs that say “free speech” died at Mizzou. Then they want her to find the offenders and teach them tolerance.

 

CAL POLY Students Protest A Free Speech Wall for Having Free Speech. Roughly 130 students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo protested a faux Berlin Wall that was built to symbolize free speech.

As a part of Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Week, the Cal Poly College Republicans built the fake Berlin Wall. It’s a yearly tradition to build the wall and let it stand for a week for students to write whatever they want on it, and then tear it down to celebrate the actual Berlin Wall coming down. Naturally, there is going to be offensive speech on the wall since people can write anonymously. This year, SLO Solidarity organized a rally that resulted in two straight days of protest against the wall.

Here is a list of comments that students found offensive on the wall:

  • “All Lives Matter”

  • “Islam is a political movement of violence and oppression” underneath a picture of Mohammed carrying rifles and explosives. 

  • “Don’t draw me I’ll jihad your face! ALLAHU AKBAR” was next to the Mohammed picture.

  • “Islam has no place in free Western World.”

  • Blank checklist showing “male,” “female” and then “Gender: Pick One”

“The people who say (All Lives Matter) … are not supporting any of the Hispanics that gotta deal with (Donald) Trump’s bullshit,” Black Student Union member and psychology junior Kristin Lee told Mustang News. “They’re not supporting any of the black people that gotta deal with white privilege or anything or on campus. They’re not supporting anything, but they want to say ‘All Lives Matter.'”

The Cal Poly College Republicans wrote on their Facebook page, “The purpose of the wall is to celebrate the fact we, in the United States, have the freedom to express our views and opinions openly without fear of repercussion from the government. 

Looking over this, some of these things, they offend me, they will offend people and it’s important to note that free speech, it can often be quite offensive,” Nate Honeycutt, then-president of the Cal Poly Republicans Club, told Mustang News. “People don’t have a right to not be offended. We’re just kind of putting this up and just letting people run with it.”

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN  A large mock-up of the Berlin Wall meant to remind students at the University of Michigan of the importance free speech was instead roundly criticized by many students, with some even declaring that the display constituted a “bias incident.”

The mock-up was erected Monday, on the 26thanniversary of the real wall’s demise, in the center of campus. It included spray painted graffiti comments representing censorship, including “report me,” “safe spaces,” and “trigger warning.” At one point demonstrators even mimed the historic moment during which East Germans took mallets and hammers and tore down the wall.

Yet many students declared the fake Berlin Wall offensive and an example of privilege – and at least one student told organizers – Young Americans for Freedom – that the display should be reported as a “bias incident.” Another student even pulled out his phone and reportedly called administrators to lodge an official bias complaint.

One student told the Michigan Daily that the Berlin Wall display “ignores all the progress we’ve made on promoting political correctness, and social justice across the university. It just puts it on some wall for some people who are privileged to take turns beating at. It’s unbelievable. This is a bias incident, and it needs to stop.”