For the first time in American history, free speech is in jeopardy. That's what popular conservative talk show host Dennis Prager believes—and I'm inclined to agree with him. To expose this frightening battle in our nation, Prager and comedian Adam Carolla star in a new film that's coming out this Friday called No Safe Spaces.
The documentary-style film features several cultural experts who shed light on the assault on free speech, particularly on college campuses. I invited Prager onto my "Strang Report" podcast to explain why this film is so important right now.
This is not a pro-Republican film, he says. It's a pro-free speech film.
"This is the first time in American history that free speech is in jeopardy," Prager says. "That's one of the few things all Americans virtually always agreed on. And it's almost unbelievable, but almost half of Millennials don't believe in free speech for 'hate speech,' which means they don't believe in free speech because everybody thinks the other guy has hate speech."
Prager says when he was a young boy, the American Nazi Party marched in Skokie, Illinois, because they knew many Holocaust survivors lived there. As sickening as that march was, Jewish groups and liberal groups still defended the American Nazi Party's right to march because they believed in free speech.
But now that right to free speech is under assault, Prager says. And No Safe Spaces reveals that assault for what it is. And it's no wonder—universities have become increasingly liberal over the years.
That's why I'm grateful for conservative education sources like Prager U, which Prager tells me gets as many as almost 35 billion views a year. About 35% of those views are from people under 35, and if that's not moving the needle, Prager doesn't know what will.
You know Prager's videos are making a difference, though, because the big left-wing social-media platforms are making it difficult for him to spread his content.
"We come out with a video a week," he says. "We have over 400 of these five-minute videos. Four prime ministers of countries have given videos. Three Pulitzer-Prize winners [have given videos], and [these platforms] still put 80 of the videos on the restricted list, one with pornography. I have a talk on the Ten Commandments, and it's lumped with pornography on YouTube."
I asked Prager why he thinks YouTube and Google are trying so hard to hide his videos. He said, "If it's healthy, the left hates it. That's the way to understand it."
That's why Prager believes No Safe Spaces is so important right now. He encourages conservatives not just to go see it themselves, but to bring their liberal friends.
"The movie is very powerful," Prager says. "You'll laugh. You'll cry. But even if it weren't good, conservatives need to support movies that express our values. But it's a great movie. Adam Carolla alone is worth the price of admission. ... It's extremely well-done. The people who brought you Dinesh D'Souza's movies are behind this producing, and the writing is first-class."
I hope you will go see the film this Friday. As Prager suggested, bring your friends, your spouse, your kids—anyone who's willing to come! You can learn more about it at nosafespaces.com or on the movie's Facebook page.
And while you're on Facebook, be sure to share this article with your friends and followers. Listen to my full interview with Prager by clicking here!
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