As published in the New York Times: The Campus Clash of Free Speech and Antisemitism

Posted on December 14, 2023 In Archives, Press Releases, Op-ed

To the Editor:

Re “Censorship Can’t Help University Presidents,” by David French (column, Dec. 11):

Mr. French argues that what American campuses need is more viewpoint diversity and true freedom of speech — not the current hypocrisy of some speech being favored and other speech censored.

But what Mr. French does not mention at all is the need for morality and truth to be part of the curriculum. President John F. Kennedy, a Harvard alumnus, said “the goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”

The university presidents’ failure before Congress to unambiguously repudiate calls for “the genocide of Jews” reflected how far these schools have strayed from that purpose. Allowing more speech on campus without a moral compass will yield only more noise and little else.

Nathan J. Diament

The writer is the executive director for public policy of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Source: The New York Times