Ex-ACLU head: Don’t censor speech; correct behavior

Nadine Strossen argues that banishing speech denies listeners the knowledge of what hatred fills other hearts and the ability to refute or correct it. Quizzing her is Ripon College communication professor Steve Martin.

Sssshhh?

No.

Speak up, argues Nadine Strossen.

The former president of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991 to 2008) explained America is too hung up on trying to silence speech.

Strossen made her claim Friday afternoon during a talk at Ripon College. Her 70-minute visit, moderated by Ripon College communication professor Steve Martin, was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations.

She explained that words are but “superficial manifestations” of speakers’ deep-seated hatred that may be reflected in discriminatory if not violent actions.

It’s that conduct that should be concerning, Strossen said, more than the thoughts that the actor expresses.

Read the full story in the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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