[Ed. – This was always the inevitable outcome of allowing the perception to grow that there is such a thing, in U.S. law, as “hate speech.” It’s the Trojan horse for gutting the First Amendment. Ann Coulter can be weird and annoying, but she’s 100% right about this: there’s no such thing as “hate speech.” There can be speech that misrepresents (libel, fraud) and speech that incites, but “hate speech” is indefinable, and cannot be a controlling premise for the application of law.]
A new report has revealed that support of the First Amendment among college students seems to be decreasing, as nearly half of students believe that hate speech should not be protected.
Conducted by the Knight Foundation, the survey reveals that 41 percent of college students believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment, while 58 percent believe that it should be protected. While the majority of students believe that hate speech should be protected, 53 percent of college women contend it should not be protected, as well a majority of black students.
Over half of college students agree that shouting speakers down is “always” or “sometimes” acceptable. At the same time, 83 percent of college students agree that using violence to end an event is “never acceptable.”