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Professors At Elite College Want To Impose Limits On Free Speech To Protect Student’s Feelings

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An influential faculty committee at Wellesley College, a prestigious women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, is calling for the school to stop inviting speakers they say cause students “harm” by presenting their ideas.

In an e-mail sent throughout Wellesley College, Wellesley’s Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity (CERE) says it opposes allowing speakers with “controversial and objectionable beliefs” to speak at the college, even though the committee says it believes free speech “is essential to a liberal arts education.”

The e-mail was obtained by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a group that promotes free speech on college campuses, and has been posted on the organization’s website.

CERE said in the e-mail speakers with controversial ideas “impose on the liberty” of members of the Wellesley community.

CERE also said the alleged harm done to students by speakers invited to the college could be avoided if free speech were limited.

Read more at: TheBlaze

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