CATO SURVEY—MOST AMERICANS AFRAID TO EXPRESS CERTAIN VIEWS
November 30, 2017
Ask the Lord Jesus for the ability and courage to speak the truth in love. Intercede for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are attending or work for colleges and universities. Pray for God’s truth to come out despite the systemic chilling of free speech.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 Jn 3:18)
Two-thirds of Americans believe that colleges and universities aren’t doing enough to teach students the value of free speech, according to a new survey by the Cato Institute.
The wide-ranging survey captured American attitudes on a variety of topics surrounding free speech and tolerance.
“Two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans say colleges and universities aren’t doing enough to teach young Americans today about the value of free speech,” the survey report reads. “When asked which is more important, 65 percent say colleges should ‘expose students to all types of viewpoints, even if they are offensive or biased against certain groups.’ About a third (34 percent) say colleges should ‘prohibit offensive speech that is biased against certain groups.’”
Also revealed through the survey, 65 percent of Americans say that public colleges shouldn’t advise students on how to avoid offensive Halloween costumes. 65 percent said that universities should discipline students who shut down invited speakers. 61 percent say people call others racist or sexist to avoid debate. An overwhelming 70 percent of respondents said that America has a big problem with political correctness. 58 percent also said that the politically correct climate restricts them from saying what they believe. (Excerpted from Breitbart. Read the full report HERE.)