Looking to understand just how controversial the debate over free speech on our college campuses really is, filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz recently traveled to Yale University, one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, to speak directly to students.
“I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion,” said Horowitz, who asked students if they’d sign a petition calling for an outright repeal of the First Amendment. “The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity.”
In fact, Horowitz discovered a solid majority of the students asked willingly signed the petition, with several expressing their enthusiastic approval for his anti-First Amendment efforts.
Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign 'petition' to repeal First Amendment
Published December 16, 2015
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Horowitz says in another exchange with a different student: ''Cause you shouldn't be exposed to things you don't want to hear. You know, that's not right.' 'Yeah,' the female student he's speaking with says.
In voice-over narration, Horowitz explains 'Just as a reminder, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press -- and oh yeah, freedom of petition.'
A male student tells Horowitz in the video 'I think this is fantastic. I absolutely agree.'
'Excellent. Love it,' another woman says in the clip.
In one exchange with a student, Horowitz says ''Cause I think it's a living, breathing document, the Constitution, it was literally not made in stone.
'And the guys who wrote it - they were slave owners.
'What do they know about how we live today?
'So we want to change it.'
America's brightest? Comedian gets Yale University students to sign petition for the First Amendment to be repealed
Ami Horowitz appears in the footage, speaking with students on campus and asking for their signatures
The students' faces have been blurred out
Horowitz claims in the video to have gotten more than 50 signatures in under one hour for the measure
By ZOE SZATHMARY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 22:25 EST, 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 01:01 EST, 17 December 2015