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Taxpayer-Funded University Grants Students Just 2 Hours of Free Speech Per Week

(Photo: Northwestern State University Facebook)

What happened to the Bill of Rights?

A public university in Louisiana has a speech code that permits students to express their beliefs freely for two hours per week at three predetermined locations.

The Northwestern State University policy requires students to apply 24-48 hours in advance before holding a public demonstration or assembly, and limits such activities to “one, 2-hour time period every 7 days, commencing on Monday.”

Once places that young people went to be exposed to new ideas, many American universities are now almost Soviet in their approach to free thought and speech. From “safe spaces” to arbitrary and punitive “bias response teams,” campus life has become more about onerous speech control than anything resembling freedom.

Thankfully, this isn’t the case at every school, so there is still hope. Campus free speech advocates also have a champion in the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE does phenomenal work not only keeping and eye on, but legally combating the abuses against free speech on college campuses. I’ve long advocated for a coordinated legal push back to rattle unhinged leftist academics, and FIRE is doing just that.

With any luck, and some money, we can wrest American colleges from the thought police and make them eye- and mind-opening places for young adults again.