While Kansas State has not used those two words in response to whiny college students, they are pushing back against the little Stalinists
“The whole campus is a free speech area,” the K-State Office of General Counsel states in its October legal briefing, noting that as a public university, the school cannot and will not require anyone to register with the university prior to having a public demonstration or protest.
“As a general rule, there is no right to not be offended,” they point out, arguing that “if the government started shutting down speech that is offensive to some, it would end up shutting down all speech, because virtually everything can be offensive to some.”
“As the U.S. Supreme Court stated in 1989 in Texas v. Johnson: ‘If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because it finds it offensive or disagreeable,’” the briefing notes.
“Everyone has their First Amendment rights so we’ve got to protect their rights whether we’re for or against the protest,” Lt. Bradli Millington, coordinator for support services at the K-State Police Department, told The Kansas State Collegian.
In fact, not only does the legal briefing affirm unequivocally that offensive speech is legally protected, the document even states that controversial remarks and robust debate “are expected and valued” on college campuses in our society, and are deserving of special protection because unpopular viewpoints are the most likely to be targeted for censorship.
AMEN! I wish every university would take this stance, and would tell every whiner who thinks they must never hear a different viewpoint to not let the door hit them on the way out! Here is to those whiners