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Jordan chairs college free speech hearing with Adam Carolla, Ben Shapiro

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Lima, July 27, 2017 | Darin Miller (202-225-2676) | comments

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) chaired a joint subcommittee hearing today examining free speech on college campuses.

Featured witnesses at the hearing included comedian Adam Carolla and commentator Ben Shapiro, who testified about their first-hand experiences being the targets of activists on college campuses. They testified with law professor Nadine Strossen, college administrator Dr. Michael Zimmerman, and Fred Lawrence with the Anti-Defamation League, about the increasingly alarming attacks on the First Amendment by faculty, administrations, and students alike on college campuses around the country.

During the hearing Rep. Jordan said:

“College is a place for young minds to be intellectually bombarded with new, challenging ideas. Unfortunately, today on many campuses, students and faculty are forced into self-censorship out of a fear of triggering, violating a safe space, a micro-aggression, or being targeted by a bias response team. Restricting speech that does not conform to popular opinion contradicts the First Amendment’s principles and the right to speak freely.”

READ Rep. Jordan’s op-ed in The Daily Signal about college free speech issues: http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/26/must-protect-free-speech-college-campuses/

VIDEO of Rep. Jordan’s opening statement: https://youtu.be/7EnXdmIowbU?t=4s

WATCH the full Joint House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing entitled, “Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOoHS6C-AUY

For more information, visit the hearing’s webpage: https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/challenges-freedom-speech-college-campuses/

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