A petition that circulated among Harvard University students and faculty from Nov. 17, attempted to bar Trump administration officials from teaching, speaking or attending the institution because of their connection to the president. The renowned university has been repeatedly criticized for serious censorship of conservative or traditional ideas.
Harvard University is once again being criticized for acts of censorship. Journalist Charles Gasparino of Fox Business, was the one who published about the controversial request that any official of the Trump administration attend, teach or speak at Harvard.
(1/3) SCOOP via @LJMoynihan: A group of @Harvard students is seeking to ban any Trump administration alum from attending, teaching, or speaking at Harvard, according a Harvard student with direct knowledge.
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 17, 2020
Carter Estes, a Fox journalist and student at Harvard University, commented disappointed in a recent article about his meeting on Zoom urging members of the Harvard Kennedy School Student Government to reject the effort to restrict Trump administration officials from speaking at Harvard.
While he said he was relieved that idea rejected the restrictions, he expressed concern about the existence of certain sectors within the institution that pose such acts of censorship.
“An education that is underpinned by conditions of censorship is not a real education. And those who seek an education should never demand protection from ideas,” Estes said in a strong statement critical of the university.
He went on to say, “I came to Harvard to learn. But institutions of higher education, which allow for restrictions on information and dialogue, whether imposed by students or administrators, forfeit the title of ‘educational institution’ in exchange for the title ‘indoctrination center.'”
In the attempt at censorship, the authors of the petition requested that President Trump’s officials be banned from the campus, arguing the ban on the grounds of “stopping the Trump administration’s subversion of democratic principles,” which is contradictory or rather cynical, considering that freedom of expression is itself a democratic principle par excellence.
“The authors of this letter seek to cancel debate and silence political opposition. They are terrified of having their world views challenged,” Estes said.
The culture of cancellation in the universities is on the surface, the leftist ideology has penetrated all areas and unfortunately academia is not excluded.
President Trump is very committed to the fight for freedom of expression and this is creating many enemies in the educational field, as can be seen.
President Trump signed an executive order on March 21, 2019, for the country’s universities urging them to provide the necessary means to guarantee freedom of expression, otherwise they could stop receiving federal funds.
This new regulation is motivated by the complaint of many university students who see their freedom of expression restricted on U.S. campuses and their opinions are considered “dangerous” or “harmful” especially if they are right-wing, Christian, or conservative.
For example, pro-life students face the most censorship on college campuses, Kristen Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told The Daily Signal.
“Even as universities have received billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers, many have become increasingly hostile to free speech and to the First Amendment,” President Trump said at a press conference when he signed the executive order.
The government currently gives universities more than $30 billion annually in research funding.