Denying people their right to an opinion different from the majority causes polarization and hate. Only the most extreme viewpoints will be heard, and the moderates will be forgotten.
The news about the Program for Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse (“the conservative center on campus”), has started a debate about intellectual diversity. We think it’s important that conservatives feel comfortable voicing their beliefs, too. It is a general problem at UNC that there are very few opportunities for conservatives to express their viewpoints.
Most students and faculty are liberal, and that is difficult not to notice. In class debates, it is common to hear liberal statements that are communicated in a way that makes it impossible to disagree — unless you want to be excluded from the group.
The students that are part of the political minority should not fear being outcast. Otherwise, the moderate voices will die out, and only the radicals will be passionate enough to risk defying the norm. The moderates that feel like their opinion isn’t legitimate will also become more extreme, as is natural when you’re rejected by society — you become angry at those who excluded you.
The consequence is a polarization of views and possibly inflamed tension between the groups. We need to be better at tolerating different views, to remember that all aspects of conservatism exist, not just the loudest kind.