“If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.”
What I love about working on a college campus is that it is an excellent venue and time for students to become more aware of the world around them....it is a time to discuss controversial issues and to learn to really listen to each side. As a result some minds are opened. And maybe the discussion(s) will lead to a clearer understanding and maybe the discussions will not lead to anything but what is most important is that each person was respectful of each person's beliefs, opinions, and ideologies.
Controversial issues should not be feared but embraced as an opportunity to learn. Students need to feel free to ask challenging questions and to express controversial opinions without fear of censorship and if they want to form a club to discuss political issues - so what?
Shouldn't we be happy that our students want to join together and work towards a common cause? How many important skills are these students gaining while working together as a team?
For me, the skills gained far outweigh the club's mission - the skills they gain are skills that can be transferred and used in their futures...(lobbying, debating, communicating, picketing, etc.) My initial reaction to the club's creation was exactly that - what a great learning opportunity!
My federal and local tax money goes to support programs that I may not support and I also pay taxes to schools and have no children. Big deal. That is what it is about, isn’t it? Living in a democracy.
Start an anti-cannabis club – that is the great thing about living in a democracy.