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Campus 'Free Speech' Law Shut Down By Kansas Senate

Mar 15, 2018
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An effort by conservatives to protect what they see as an assault on free speech on college campuses fell to defeat by the narrowest of margins Thursday in the Kansas Senate.

The bill — inspired by the canceling of conservative speakers’ appearances at some elite schools across the country in recent years — would eliminate “free-speech zones” designated for demonstrations. Some critics have seen such zones as a way of moving politically unpopular perspectives out of view.

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No restricting free speech, no matter the perspective. A bill backed by Republican lawmakers intends to send that message to college campuses in Kansas.

The Campus Free Speech Protection Act would insist that universities make clear that all of their outdoor spaces, not just “free speech zones,” embrace political outlooks and events regardless of how they fit with trends in academic thought.

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Kansas was the birthplace of Prohibition and an epicenter of the anti-abortion movement.

Historian and political analyst Thomas Frank — a Mission Hills native — wrote a whole book, What's the Matter With Kansas, about how politics in the state has been fueled by conservative social ideals.

Many remember the name Thomas Frank for his book, What's the Matter With Kansas, in which he details the rise of conservatism in the middle of the country. Now, he has his eye on Democrats' failures in his latest book, Listen Liberal.  

Thomas Frank will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. For tickets and information, visit rainydaybooks.com.

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