As college campuses across the country, especially in California, suppress free speech to protect liberal students’ feelings, the state of Tennessee just passed a landmark law to ensure no students are shut down because of their political beliefs.
On May 9, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) signed the Campus Free Speech Act, allowing the strongest free speech enforcement bill in the country, reported the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Under the law, all college campuses must adopt policies consistent with the University of Chicago’s Free Speech Policy Statement. It states that the colleges must be fundamentally committed “to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”
The new law also bans “free speech zones” considering every part of the U.S. is guaranteed the First Amendment and forbids institutions from rescinding invitations invited by students and faculty.
Faculty are also protected under the law from liberal activist students who try to oust professors for triggering them.
Only seven of the 122 state legislators in the House and Senate voted against the bill, enjoying broad support from both parties.
A similar bill failed to pass the State House in Louisiana on Thursday.