You Can’t Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws
In a misguided attempt to eradicate every vestige of “discrimination” in our society, activists and courts are using antidiscrimination laws to erode civil liberties such as free speech, the free exercise of religion, and freedom of association. Civil rights laws today are being applied in ways that threaten free speech on campus and in the workplace, the right of local community activists to speak out against government policies, the rights of private associations such as the Boy Scouts to determine their membership policies, and even the rights of individuals to choose their roommates. David Bernstein argues that preserving our basic freedoms requires us all to be tolerant, even of those whose words and actions offend us. John Leo, the acerbic columnist for U.S. News, will comment.