After it was announced that former Vice President Mike Pence had been scheduled to speak on the University of Virginia campus the school’s paper published a scathing piece calling for administrators to ban the speech. In response to the publication, faculty members are stepping up and calling the paper’s attempt at censorship ‘simply wrong’.
Faculty members, including founder of the school’s Center for Politics Larry Sabato, sent a letter to The Cavalier Daily voicing their opposition to the ban. “What saddens us about the mindset of The Cavalier Daily editorial is its assumption that the editors should enjoy the freedom to say what they want but others with whom they disagree should not,’ they wrote. ‘The First Amendment protects not just those whose views the editors deem harmless. The letter continued ‘Those of us who support free speech do so, in part, because, in a democratic society, none of us can see the whole truth and all of us benefit from being exposed to perspectives that may comprehend some aspect of the truth better than we do.’
Despite the back-and-forth between the paper and faculty the speech is currently scheduled to take place next week on campus. The speech is not sponsored by the school and will be hosted by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF). YAF’s UVA Chairman said “The political climate at the University of Virginia has grown to become nearly inhospitable towards conservatives.”
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