The students are running the University of Missouri which means they are being mis-educated. University President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned under pressure from students which proves the faculty has been doing a lousy job educating the students. People on campus have abdicated their Right to Free Speech as they have been taught to do by the faculty who refuse to grasp that in America government must support the ides that people can say they don’t like the President of UM and the President can tell the students to stuff their ideas. Incredibly, the local police are supporting the student anarchy instead of protecting the Right to speak freely.

The Missouri University Police Department (MUPD) in violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment sent an email to students Tuesday morning urging them to call them and report any hurtful speech they encounter on the campus.

In an email that was flagged by several Missouri-based journalists, the MUPD asked “individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions” to call the department’s general phone line “to continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe.” They suggest that students provide a detailed description of the offender, their location or license plate number, and even to take a picture if possible. The police are supposed to encourage and protect speech which is not a clear and present danger, not instruct people how to prosecute other people who have a First Amendment Right to say what they want to say if it’s not telling people to riot.

In his introductory remarks to a 2006 debate in defense of free speech, writer Christopher Hitchens parodied the Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes ruling against yelling FIRE! in as crowded theater when there was no fire by opening “FIRE! Fire, fire… fire. Now you’ve heard it,” before condemning the famous analogy as “the fatuous verdict of the greatly over-praised Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.” Hitchens argued that the imprisoned socialists “were the ones shouting fire when there really was a fire in a very crowded theatre indeed… [W]ho’s going to decide?”
Critics have argued that the term “hate speech” is a contemporary example of NEWSPEAK from the dystopian novel “1984” used to silence critics of social policies that have been poorly implemented in a rush to appear politically correct.

It is generally agreed the best way to fight hate speech is through additional speech promoting tolerance, as opposed to government regulation.The University needs to learn that lesson and unfortunately and especially so does the local police department which has decided to prosecute speech because of it’s content.

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