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Marshall Breger, professor, law, was quoted in a Catholic News Story on a panel discussion on free speech on college campuses. See below.

Freedom of speech gets bumpy ride on U.S. college campuses

From: Catholic News Service (via Catholic Philly)
Date: March 28, 2016
Author: Carol Zimmermann

... There is no doubt college campuses need to find a balance between free speech and efforts to curtail hate speech while combating racism and sexism on their campuses. But the group of law experts at the Newseum’s panel — sponsored by The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, Moment Magazine and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute — argued that the balance shouldn’t come at the cost of restraining free speech.

In wondering how schools came to this point, moderator Marshall Breger, Catholic University law professor, said it might even have something to do with the sheer expense of a college education.

He said universities used to be places to “be challenged and get outside your comfort level to learn new things.” Now people don’t want that, “maybe it’s because they’re paying $50,000 a year” and feel they shouldn’t have to put up with being offended.

The problem with the overriding fear on many campuses today, panelists argued, is that students’ own beliefs are reinforced, but they don’t develop the ability to dialogue with each other. ...

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