First Amendment repeal video ‘a sad commentary,’ Yale professor says

Dec 17, 2015 by

Yale University officials are apparently choosing not to exercise their free speech rights and aren’t responding to a new viral video that shows students there freely signing a petition calling for the repeal of the First Amendment.

Just a single Yale Law School professor replied to more than two dozen calls and emails from sent to various member of the Ivy League school’s administration, faculty and noted alumni asking for reaction to a piece by filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz, first reported on, showing members of the school community expressing support for his mock repeal petition.

“It’s a sad commentary on the present state of public opinion,” Professor Bruce Ackerman told “This is a moment at which fundamental principles are under assault from both the left and the right.”

But even the lone Yale voice to respond said he felt the First Amendment debate wasn’t as important as more pressing issues.

“It does not remotely pose the same danger as the support of all Republican candidates, with the exception of Rand Paul, for President Obama’s unilateral war against ISIS in plain violation of the Constitution,” Ackerman added.

That part of the professor’s response didn’t sit well with Horowitz.

“The collection of 50 Yalie signatures for a petition to repeal the First Amendment is a sad commentary on the present state of public opinion.”

– Bruce Ackerman

“This is exactly part of the problem. Why would Yale students, or university students anywhere in this country, feel a fidelity to our fundamental beliefs, when their professors try to shoehorn in anti-American sentiment at every opportunity.”

In the video, first published on Wednesday, Horowitz is seen talking to various members of the Yale community about his mock petition. He was able to quickly collect nearly 60 signatures in less than an hour, and predicted he could have easily collected hundreds more. Among those who signed were students who appeared to enthusiastically support the abolition of their First Amendment rights.

“I think it’s really awesome that you’re out here,” one man says in the video.

Horowitz said he shot the video at Yale in an effort to gauge the true level of anti-free speech sentiment on college campuses. Yale is among a number of schools around the country where students or faculty members have lobbied for “safe spaces” where ideas, statements and persons deemed disagreeable or offensive aren’t welcome.

Source: First Amendment repeal video ‘a sad commentary,’ Yale professor says | Fox News

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