[Ed. – This was only a matter of time. Don’t think it will stop there. In a lot of people’s minds, it’s an expression of intolerance and hatred for a psychiatrist to tell a minor or his parents, “You should wait until you’re fully grown to decide if you want to cut off body parts in order to ‘change your gender.'” Any expression of a moral opinion, even the most mundane, can become hate speech. So can any expression of religious opinion, such as, “But I don’t believe in Allah. I don’t believe in ANY ‘God.'” Presto: Islamophobia. No matter who you are, you are not immune. Someone can call what you say “hate speech.”]
A Christian student leader is demanding an apology after a poster distributed by Kent State University asked if stating “You need Jesus“ could qualify as hate speech.
The public university’s Center for Student Involvement created and circulated the posteron Twitter last week. It was designed to promote an event on free speech issues as part of Kent State’s KENTTalks, which are intended to “provide a safe place for discussions and transformational experiences for our student body” and promote “civil discourse.”
Silhouetted activists on the posters hold a range of placards with messages, overlaid with the rhetorical question “free speech or hate speech?” Alongside provocative expressions including “No More Gays,” “Women Need To Serve Their Man” and “Build a Wall,” the fourth placard bears a nonviolent, basic expression of the Christian faith: “You need Jesus.”