Lawmakers: Campus ‘safe spaces’ violate free speech

A new report by lawmakers in the United Kingdom concludes university campus “safe spaces” violate free speech and educators “cannot cover the whole of the university or university life without impinging on rights.”

The report by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights said it is “unacceptable” that certain political and religious perspectives are being suppressed.

The issue repeatedly has developed on American campuses, as well, where pro-life demonstrations have been subjected to bans and vandalism. The so-called Black Lives Matter movement also has triggered riots in response to conservative speakers or intimidated officials into canceling speeches.

The U.K.’s Christian Institute noted the report from both houses of Parliament states university students should be free to air opinions on controversial issues such as abortion and transsexualism.

The report said it is “unacceptable” that certain topics are banned, warning it “could be having a ‘chilling effect’ on the exercise of freedom of speech more widely.”




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