Freedom of Speech: It’s more than a legal concept.

It’s a bedrock principle that allows America’s diverse 330 million citizens to coexist and flourish.

American universities once valued robust inquiry and intellectual debate that are the hallmark of free expression.

Sadly, today, those universities are in the midst of a free speech crisis.

College administrators routinely suppress speech that they regard as controversial. They do this through the use of free speech zones, “bias response teams,” and unequal treatment of speakers.

Some students have successfully sued their universities for First Amendment violations.

But those victories have done little to change the culture of censorship that permeates college campuses.

Until serious money is at risk, college and university administrators will continue to ignore pleas to protect speech on campus.

It’s time the federal government made funding of public higher education contingent upon honoring the First Amendment.

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