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FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

James Simpson and Henry Mitchell

November 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

James After a continuing education student, Wesley Richter, was charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of using racist and threatening language, the debate of free speech versus hate speech is in the spotlight. It is undeniable that the First Amendment protects even the most hateful stateme...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

James Simpson

September 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I am not going to argue whether it would be just to deport illegal immigrants who came here as children. The fact is deporting every single illegal immigrant would be cost-prohibitive and impossible. I also will not deny that many illegal immigrants contribute to the economy, and removing al...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Matthew Hagberg

September 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Immigrants have been and continue to be the backbone of the nation. Still, Donald Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But why? DACA is a just and beneficial program. Rather than judge the undocumented children of undocumented workers, called Dreamer...

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

Alexander Collingsworth and Jim Simpson

April 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

AC: Believe me, I grasp the irony that two men are debating abortion. Pro-lifers take the philosophical stance that life is sacred. Pro-choice advocates argue that women should have control over their own bodies, empowering them socially and economically. In a sense, these are both mora...

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