Great article by Kirby Anderson

Censorship and Intolerance: by Kirby Anderson

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has been on talk shows expressing his concerns about the censorship that is taking place on college campuses. As I have mentioned in previous commentaries, it is helpful when someone who would disagree with you on everything from politics to theology at least agrees with your concerns about what is happening in the universities these days.

He was on Fox & Friends last week to comment on the growing intolerance of the left and began by reminding us of our history. He said that when he was teaching back in the 1950s, “there were attempts to censor speech by Senator McCarthy. The right wing was trying to censor left-wing speech. Now it’s the hard left that’s trying to censor . . . conservative speech, Christian speech, pro-Israel speech, you name it.”

He took on the latest campus fad about safe spaces. He said, “We have to distinguish between safe spaces for ideas, there should be none, and physically safe places where you’re not intimidated or you’re not threatened. And Christian speakers, pro-Israel speakers, speakers that are not politically correct today, have their physical safety endangered.”

He lamented that when he speaks on college campuses in favor of Israel, he needs armed guards to protect him “from radical leftist students who would use physical intimidation. They won’t give me a safe space. They won’t give pro-Israel students a safe space, they won’t give Christian students a safe space.”

He also talked about a group of pro-life Christians who were attacked for saying that all lives mattered. “They were told to be subject to training, and sensitivity, and the president of Smith College had to apologize for using that term.”

Alan Dershowitz is right. I applaud him for speaking out about censorship and intolerance on campus. We need others to join him and speak out.