Cardiff University, Chicago, and Purdue

unknown2None of those schools is very good at American football, lately. But they are good at something else, they are good at freedom, especially of speech.

Jonathon Turley is one of the most passionate about free speech, real free speech. Maybe he picked it up at the University of Chicago, where he studied, as I reinforced mine at Purdue. Both schools are outspoken champions of free speech. There are some others, sadly far too few.

But America has a plethora of champions of free speech compared to the UK. That is why is so wonderful to see a UK university join in on the movement. From Turley

Cardiff took a strong stand for free speech in breaking away from other schools which have have imposed stringent speech codes and regulations. The university pledged to end its past censorship and platforming rules. It declared that it would not bar controversial speakers and that “censorship is not the answer.”

Instead, Cardiff passed a motion that was entitled “Challenge, Don’t Censor.” The motion declared that “students are capable of challenging intolerable views through rigorous debate; censorship is not the answer.”

Amen. This is particularly impressive in Europe where free speech is being sharply curtailed.

via Cardiff and Tufts Universities: Two Divergent Paths On Free Speech | JONATHAN TURLEY

Amen, indeed. May their number grow quickly.

Even more amazing,

The stand against being told what they can hear and think echoes the response of a group of sixth-form students, who were due to hear from Milo Yiannopoulos before his speech was shut down by the UK Government.

In an open letter to censorious authorities, pupils from Simon Langton Grammar School expressed their dismay, saying “we do not need to be protected” from controversial speakers.


Those students at the Cardiff Student Union and at Simon Langton Grammar School are heroes of free speech, and that is to all our benefit without regard to our, or their politics. Free and unafraid speech is one of the keystones of freedom itself.

Outstanding to all hands, and remember:

Adfyd a ddwg wybodaeth, a gwybodaeth ddoethineb.


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2 Responses to Cardiff University, Chicago, and Purdue

  1. the unit says:

    Ah, universities, football, and free speech. I don’t go to a lot of blog sites. Of the few a couple has commenters who identify themselves as from New Jersey. Their comments and the fact that my wife was born there, although was moved with family to Florida at an early age and was raised there, has led me to sort of pay particular attention to the goings on in New Jersey.
    Monmouth University in NJ seems pretty open to free speech. Various professors have noted that there are limits though in every society. Their campus magazine, The Outlook, has published some articles and viewpoints relevant to discussion and challenges to certain verbal expressions. So open discussion is going on.
    Which brings me to football. They not so good at 4 wins and 7 losses. But free speech is open and thriving in New Jersey. I visited online from googling “New Jersey Jokes.” I guess it’s freedom of jokes there. This one for example: Q. – “Why doesn’t Monmouth University allow their cheerleaders to do splits?” Ans. – “They stick to the ground.” Well duh? 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Sounds pretty good, at that. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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