Tag Archives: free speech

STAFF EDITORIAL | Respectfully Agree TO Disagree

Last week’s election and the entire year’s campaign cycle absorbed people’s interest people across the nation. A tidal wave of posts took over social media outlets. Voters and non-voters alike took to message boards, walls and Twitter feeds to air their unfiltered opinions. Some veered into disrespectful, uncivil speech. While freedom of speech is a

OPINION | SOPA and PIPA cause website outburst

Unless you have been living under a rock or have been hit by an electromagnetic pulse and electronic devices are not working, surely you have heard or seen something about the bills that the government is trying to pass. Those bills are commonly referred to as SOPA and PIPA. SOPA stands for ‘Stop Online Piracy

OPINION | Students need to embrace civil discourse

Persuasion, yelling and calling into question the moral character of an opponent are all interesting and predictable components of a modern argument, especially one between young adults. In the hustle and bustle of college, it seems that students are losing the perspective that comes with civil discourse. Instead of arguing from a logical standpoint and

OPINION | Free speech privileges not worldwide; use them wisely, often

As a journalist, there are few words more important to me than those in the First Amendment. It’s that lovely set of 45 words that keeps people from being persecuted for speaking against the majority, for explaining why they think the way they do or for simply disagreeing with a public official. My favorite week

STAFF EDITORIAL | Free speech for Westboro

Westboro Baptist Church, established in 1955 by Pastor Fred Phelps, has gained recent publicity due to their members protesting at fallen soldiers’ funerals with signs that read “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.” The case of Westboro Baptist Church protesting at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder has now reached

STAFF EDITORIAL | Independence, free speech necessary for student organizations

We at the Butler Collegian believe it is the right of all active student organizations to exercise their First Amendment right of free speech and to act as the independent organizations they are. We are outraged that members of the Butler University faculty and staff would take it upon themselves to regulate the planned activities