Exciting news this week from the Republican National Convention. No, I’m not talking about any of the speeches, nor anything having to do with the Presidential race. I’m not even talking about the guy whoproposed to his girlfriend on the convention stage. This week, the Republican Party adopted the following plank in its national platform (see page 12):
[W]e oppose governmental censorship of speech through the so-called Fairness Doctrine or by government enforcement of speech codes, free speech zones, or other forms of “political correctness” on campus.
Of course, FIRE is a proudly nonpartisan organization. We stand up for free speech on campus regardless of what part of the political spectrum the speech represents. We work productively withDemocrats and Republicans, and count many Libertarians among our friends too. (Does anyone really want to be censored?) And of course, we defend plenty of speech that isn’t political at all.
That said, you have to give credit where credit is due. No matter your political beliefs, this plank is worthy of praise. It’s a powerful endorsement of the concerns that lie at the heart of FIRE’s mission.