This censorship of speech on college campuses is getting pretty ridiculous.
You won’t even believe this one.
It’s pretty hard to believe.
In January, three student activists were arrested for handing out pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution on the campus of Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
They were handing out the copies of the Constitution for two or three hours and recruiting members for a campus group, Young Americans for Liberty.
It didn’t go over well with the administration, and the three students were arrested for ‘trespassing’.
Here is the video of the arrests:
Fast forward to today, and a lawsuit has been filed against the school and a new shocking video has been released as part of the defense.
In the video, Manager of Student Life, Drew Hutchinson, confronts the students and what he says is incoherent, bigoted and just plain shocking.
He says that ‘rural students’ might not have ‘access to WIFI’, and since they’re all backward hicks they won’t know how to deal with people handing out pocket-sized copies of the Constitution.
Ok, so he doesn’t say it quite like that, but that is certainly how it comes across.
“We ask that you don’t do it in the middle of everything, and part of that is because if we obstruct the student’s ability to get an education then it kind of becomes counterintuitive to the whole, um, right to speak, kind of Second Amendment rights [sic],” Hutchinson explained, intending to cite the First Amendment.
Hutchinson went on to assert that the questions they were asking students—specifically, whether they “like freedom and liberty”—were too “provocative,” even suggesting that the interactions broke the Student Code of Conduct because they prevented students from reaching their “educational places.”
Asking people if they like freedom is ‘provocative’?
What the hell?
“You’re asking them a provocative question in which you are instigating whether they are American or not. It’s a very powerful question,” Hutchinson said, arguing that the “social pressures” of such a question would compel the students to stop…
…“A lot of these students who come from rural farm areas who, like, are, you know, they’re grown up—they’re—they’ve grown up to be ultra polite and to not just, like, ignore people or whatever else they might not feel like they have the choice to ignore the question,” he stammered, explaining that a lot students grew up without access to Wi-Fi.
“If you’re talking about Calhoun County, where a lot of these students are, like, growing up on the farm or they’re growing up where they don’t have Wi-Fi, they don’t have Internet you know it’s a very different situation,” he continued, saying that’s who he’s “trying to protect.”
Who the hell does this guy think he is?
He’s the sole arbiter of what students are permitted to say to each other now?
And apparently, the Constitution doesn’t fall on the ‘Acceptable’ list?
At one point Hutchinson confuses the Second Amendment with the First.
Which is pretty telling about what his stance likely is on both of them…
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed the lawsuit against Kellogg Community College for violating the students’ First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.
“Free speech is a right, not a privilege that can be censored by university officials on a public campus,” ADF commented in a press release. “If public universities silence free speech on campus, they deny their students opportunities for engagement and learning. If public universities stifle these learning opportunities on campus, they impair a student’s ability to function in the real world.”
Read more: Campus Reform
We can’t keep letting colleges get away with this censorship of conservative ideas.
But on the plus side, at least we know exactly where they stand.
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