Rob McCoy:  “We see the decline of freedom in speech in America”

By Michael Hernandez

(Editor’s Note:  The Community Legacy Series continues with a lecture every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 14, Newbury Park.)

NEWBURY PARK–“We see the decline of freedom of speech in America,” said Councilman Rob McCoy at the Community Legacy Lecture Series.   “It is the quickest way to silence our next generation.”

Today, “we condemn freedom of speech that hurts other people feelings.”   George Orwell said, ‘if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’   William Douglas said, ‘the most important aspect of freedom of speech, is the freedom to learn.’”

According to McCoy, “all education is a continuous dialogue with questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon.”

McCoy spoke on Amendment One which was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791:   “Congress  shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;  or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

America guarantees us the right to enjoy “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said McCoy.  “Once we create an institution that will suppress the freedom of another being; you suppress inalienable rights.”  According to McCoy, “We have a problem when we believe the government gives you rights.”  He said the government then; can take away those rights.

“A generation is being raised not to believe in freedom of speech; but rather that they should have freedom from speech,”  said Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE) in America.

McCoy said this could be called “sensitivity based censorship” which can be seen in American colleges and universities where speech is suppressed due to “political correctness.”

FIRE reports that 54 percent of public universities and 59 percent of all universities now impose “politically correct speech codes.”  Speakers that are viewed as “politically incorrect” are disinvited from campuses; and campuses are now insisting on “trigger warnings” for any person who might have a “negative emotional response” so as to “promote campus safety” and “the right to always feel comfortable.”

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the author of the books Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech. He is also co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Additionally, Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, co-authored FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.

McCoy shared that free speech allows dialogue.  “If you can shout them out so only one idea is left, then how can we come to understand the truth?   Our society needs candor and freedom of speech; not freedom from speech.”

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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  1. Citizen Reporter January 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm



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