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Sessions Condemns 'Political Correctness' On College Campuses

28 September 2017, 12:19 | Darrell Baldwin

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to blast PC culture at a university speech Tuesday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to blast PC culture at a university speech Tuesday

On September 26 he spoke at Georgetown University about free speech on college campuses.

"University leaders at Boise State could not agree more that a "university is about the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor, ' as Attorney General Jeff Sessions said".

"What about the football field?" host Abby Huntsman asked, referring to the hundreds of NFL players who had begun taking a knee or linking arms during the national anthem, in protest over police brutality against the black community.

"The president has free speech rights, too", Sessions said.

Sessions cited cases of students being stopped from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution, which administrators deemed "provocative" literature, as well as the proliferation of campus speech codes and "free speech zones" that limit how and where students can exercise their First Amendment rights.

As Sessions read prepared remarks about plans to "defend free speech", as attorney general, some students managed to silently protest him inside the auditorium by duct-taping their mouths shut. "But it is transforming into ... a shelter for fragile egos". "We will enforce federal law, defend free speech and protect students' free expression from whatever end of the spectrum it may come".

Mr Sessions indicated his Department of Justice would intervene on behalf of people who sue colleges claiming their constitutional rights to express their views were violated.

While many did not condone the demonstrations during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, several others said the players had a right to protest. According to the Washington Post, a group of more than 130 students had initially applied from the school to sit in on Sessions' speech, only to be told later that the would not be allowed to attend as they were not part of the invited list of guests.

Jeff Sessions needs to find a dictionary and look up the definition of the word "irony", because banning protests at a 1st Amendment speech would be a flawless example of that word. "It has always been my understanding that the fearless men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest".

The result, he said, 'has spawned a cottage industry of protesters who have quickly learned that school administrators will capitulate to their demands'. I mean, I know conservatives like to call liberals "snowflakes who love their safe spaces", but isn't that exactly what Jeff Sessions just proved to us that he is? Sessions mentioned the filing in his speech, adding that similar filings could be expected in "the weeks and months to come". He reserved particular vitriol for left-wing activists, comparing demonstrators at Middlebury College - where violent protests broke out in March over a talk by conservative social scientist Charles Murray - to the "detestable Ku Klux Klan".

Yiannopoulos held his own forum on Sunday after organizers nixed an event. The very fact that Sessions' address was opposed at all is a damning indictment of how a certain section of the nation has chosen to interpret the idea of free speech.

"We celebrate the diversity of opinion", Sessions said.

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