Why This Filmmaker Will Testify Before Congress on Free Speech

Adam Carolla and others will let us know what's truly become of today's colleges and universities

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 17 Jul 2017 at 1:32 PM

When Congress invites a comedian and filmmaker to testify about free speech on college campuses — you know there’s a problem.

On July 27, Adam Carolla will address the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules, and the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs about the declining acceptance of free speech on college campuses in America.

Also invited to speak to members of Congress are conservative author and commentator Ben Shapiro and former ACLU President Nadine Strossen. The official title of the hearing is "Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses."

Carolla is actually a fitting person to speak to the groups, as he's currently working on a film called "No Safe Spaces," along with conservative commentator Dennis Prager. The two men go to college campuses that promote such notions as safe spaces to debate and dig into the truth of what's happening on today's college campuses.

Free speech is a serious problem on today's colleges. At University of California, Berkeley, riots broke out when commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was invited to speak — as well as when Ann Coulter's appearance was announced earlier this year.

College is meant to be a place at which young people learn more about themselves and the world, through the representation and discussion of free ideas and points of view. There should be endless amounts of talk and free forms of debate about a variety of issues.

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Unfortunately, the stories coming from today's college campuses tell the world these institutions of higher education are not truly preparing young people to exist in the real world.

There are no "safe spaces" in the real world — and young people need to get used to hearing and engaging in speech with which they disagree.

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