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University of Maryland Newspaper: Censor Speech That Makes Students ‘Feel Unsafe’

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A writer for the University of Maryland’s stuent-run newspaper penned a piece advocating for the censorship of speech that makes listeners “feel unsafe,” as he put it.

Are college students really being trained in the ways of despotic countries?

Truly, the upcoming generation has been brainwashed by the far left into thinking life is all about personal comfort.

Linda Sarsour’s controversial rhetoric has raised a question in one University of Maryland student’s mind about censorship of speech.

Here’s what student Moshe Klein wrote: “When is something outside the parameters of acceptability? Where does free speech and offensive rhetoric begin?”

Well, Moshe, the Founding Fathers already answered that question. It’s called the First Amendment — the part about government not being able to make laws abridging the freedom of speech.

Breitbart has more:

Klein writes: “When is political correctness appropriate, and when is it used to avoid what makes us uncomfortable? These are pressing questions that college campuses around the country are struggling to answer.”

Klein goes on to argue that a controversial figure like Linda Sarsour should be able to speak on campus unless students take issue with her association with Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted in Israel of killing two Hebrew University students in 1969.

Sarsour’s case is where the line between feeling unsafe and uncomfortable becomes blurred. On the one hand, Sarsour should be allowed to speak even if she says things that make people feel uncomfortable. As a student who has openly condemned the BDS movement, I believe her view should not invalidate her ability to speak.

While I do not agree with it, support for BDS falls within the realm of acceptable discourse because it does not explicitly target a group. On the other hand, because of her connections to Odeh, she could genuinely make people feel unsafe. At that point, the discussion isn’t about Sarsour’s personal opinions but whether people will feel genuinely unsafe because of her connections.

Comments on the article question how Klein’s proposal for censorship would play out. Breitbart reported on this phenomenon is a previous article as “the tyranny of the anointed,” which described it as “the concept that there exist individuals wise enough to appoint themselves the arbiters of tolerant and intolerant speech.” Who at the University of Maryland is wise enough to determine which forms of speech are truly pose a risk to student safety?

“Moshe Klein’s opinion makes me feel unsafe,” one commenter wrote. “So he should be the first one who is censored, banished from campus and jailed…see how that works?”

“Feelings make for a poor standard,” another added. “Under that system, whoever is the most brazenly irrational can silence everyone else on campus. Just claim that you feel threatened by any opposing viewpoint whatsoever. In fact, that’s pretty much exactly what people try to do on every campus in the free world today.”

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