A new survey found that a majority of college students agree that it’s OK to disrupt a speaker “by loudly and repeatedly shouting” so they can’t be heard. The researcher conducting the study found this result “highly concerning.” The nationwide survey of college undergrads found that a shocking 44 percent of students said that the First Amendment does not protect hate speech.
What’s a constitutional response to speech that’s hateful?
Basically anything except physically shutting it down … e.g., shouting so a speaker can’t be heard or vandalizing property and assaulting people. Peacefully protesting, using your own platform for more speech and ignoring speech you disagree with are all options.
“You might find the speech totally disgusting, totally revolting, absolutely wrong, but hate speech is indeed protected by our Constitution,” Glenn said definitively on Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
If you dislike a speaker, you are free simply to avoid them.
“You have the right to not listen to speakers that offend you,” Glenn said.