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Friday, January 22, 2016

Safe Spaces Are Un-American

Liberal students on U.S. college campuses insist that their schools should have so-called “safe spaces.” That means places where the free speech rights of students are ignored because other students might get their feelings hurt by what somebody says. In reality, safe spaces do not allow for any opinions that are not in line with liberal ideas of political correctness. Sometimes even the Constitution itself is considered not appropriate for safe spaces.

The student government organization of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities decided that a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 would “make a space that is unsafe for students.” David Algadi, the university’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, said that remembering 9/11 might spark incidents of racism and Islamophobia. He said that a moment of remembrance should only be allowed in a safe space if “we start having moments of silence for all of the times white folks have done something terrible.” The true purpose of safe spaces is and to promote a liberal agenda and to prohibit anything pro-American.

This idea of safe spaces is a tool of the liberals, and thankfully it can be overcome. Seattle Pacific University tried to remove the Pledge of Allegiance and a Presentation of the Colors from voluntary special chapel services honoring Veteran’s Day because it would make some students “uncomfortable.” However, after widespread resistance by individuals and student groups, the university agreed to reinstate the pledge and apologize for its bad decision. Conservatives should resist any attempt to restrict free speech on college campuses for the sake of the feelings of a few overly-sensitive students. College should be a place where students can freely present and exchange differing opinions.

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