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Crofts: Free Speech Does Not Exclude Hate Speech

Crofts: Free Speech Does Not Exclude Hate Speech

By Porter Crofts, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

  There is a growing misconception on college campuses, in the media and among the left that hate speech is not free speech. The belief that there should be restrictions on free speech is a dangerous one but not particularly unexpected. If you are ever wondering what agenda is shared by both...

Reese: Hate Speech Creates True Threats

Reese: Hate Speech Creates True Threats

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

January 15, 2020

  “Hate speech is not free speech” is a common refrain in debates over the protections and limitations of the First Amendment. Most hate speech, however, is decidedly protected by the First Amendment and the Supreme Court’s past verdicts. In order for hate speech to be unprotected by t...

Dalley: Universities Should Not Host Speakers Who Play Fast and Loose With Facts

Dalley: Universities Should Not Host Speakers Who Play Fast and Loose With Facts

By Nathan Dalley, Opinion Writer

November 20, 2019

Our commitment to freedom of speech is directly tested when that speech is coming from someone we disagree with. The University of Utah felt this in 2017 when Ben Shapiro was invited by the group Young Americans for Freedom to speak on campus. Shapiro was met with protests and many student groups called for him...

Scott: Want to Reduce Online Hate Speech? Stop Spreading it From Your Own Account

Scott: Want to Reduce Online Hate Speech? Stop Spreading it From Your Own Account

By Elise Scott, Opinion Editor

September 11, 2019

I generally make it a point to not engage with hate groups online. While I believe it is vital to be aware of their movements and tactics, doing so does not necessitate adding to their follower count. Despite having no aversion toward discussions of hate speech and American ideological extremism, I try to...

Letter to the Editor: President Trump’s Campus Free Speech Executive Order is Needed

Letter to the Editor: President Trump’s Campus Free Speech Executive Order is Needed

By Guest Opinion

August 26, 2019

Earlier this year, President Trump signed a free speech executive order calling colleges and universities to improve free speech on college campuses or risk losing federal funding. I am usually against executive orders — no matter who is the president — but I believe this one is needed. Unive...

Video Games and Sexual Violence: How Pervasive is Sexual Assault in Video Games?

Video Games and Sexual Violence: How Pervasive is Sexual Assault in Video Games?

By Christopher Payne and Ray Gill

April 15, 2019

  We’ve come to expect a degree of controversy surrounding video games. As a newer, popular form of art and entertainment, they continue to provoke heavy analysis and even attacks over social media. The interactive element inherent in gaming brings up questions about what content is acceptabl...

Legal Panelists Focus on Free Speech Rights at Bennion Service House Dialogue

Legal Panelists Focus on Free Speech Rights at Bennion Service House Dialogue

By Miacel Spotted Elk, News Writer

March 7, 2019

  Students gathered together at the Bennion Center's Service House located in the U's Officer's Circle this past Tuesday to learn about the topics of first amendment rights and the protections of free speech and hate speech. These topics apply to discussions surrounding recent news on the U’s campus...

Scott: Radicalized in Your Own Basement

Scott: Radicalized in Your Own Basement

By Elise Scott, Opinion Editor

September 12, 2018

Many people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. There are plenty to go around, from innocuous oddities to insensitive denials. The “conspiracy theory” is an amorphous term that covers the gamut of counter-culture beliefs. They preach that celebrities are killed and replaced by clones, that s...

Barber: It’s Not About Free Speech, It’s About Respect

Barber: It’s Not About Free Speech, It’s About Respect

By Shaelyn Barber

February 18, 2018

Political correctness is not about free speech, it is about respect. Tensions have been rising between those who argue for political correctness and those who decry it in the name of free speech. Arguments, anger, protests and counter-protests rage on, each side arguing vehemently for their point...

Richards: What I Saw at the Ben Shapiro Protest

Richards: What I Saw at the Ben Shapiro Protest

By Connor Richards

October 2, 2017

There have been mixed accounts of what happened at the University of Utah on the evening of September 27 at a protest outside conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's speech. It was reported by national outlets, including The Washington Post and New York Post, that two people were arrested following scuffle...

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