A prerequisite of public relations is freedom of speech, the ability to take popular and unpopular positions and argue for them persuasively.  That is why this trend on college campuses is disturbing.  One can no longer voice one’s opinion, wear a costume or publish anything that might offend a student’s view of what is correct.   The prohibition has reached the level of absurdity and has created a generation of students for whom the First Amendment is only acceptable if it fits their values.  What is worse is that campus administrators are bowing to their demands rather than affirming the need for many types of opinions.  College is a time to study a broad range of ideas — some innocuous, some dangerous and some dated.  Students should finish their studies with a well rounded view of the world.  The sad part is that is no longer happening on many campuses. We’re creating a generation for whom freedom from speech is the ideal.

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