Vice President Mike Pence gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame on Sunday.
Pence praised Notre Dame as a “vanguard” of free speech and the interchange of ideas at a time “sadly when free speech and civility are waning on campuses across America.”
From Young Conservatives
He blasted “speech codes” and “safe spaces” as inimical to the concept of free speech and the principles upon which the country was founded.
From Free Beacon:
“But Notre Dame is an exception, an island in a sea of conformity so far spared from the noxious wave that seems to be rushing over much of academia,” he said. “While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness, all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech.”
Here are just a few examples of the closed ming to which Pence was referring.
Recent examples of intolerance for opposing views have included Middlebury College students violently shutting down a speech by writer Charles Murray, riots at Berkeley over the appearance of alt-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos, and the shutdown of a planned speech by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna due to her opposition to Black Lives Matter.
Pence said this betrayed our basic understanding of ourselves as a nation and the idea of a university as a place for the free exchange of ideas.
These all-too common practices, Pence said, were “destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge, and they are wholly outside the American tradition.”
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