Representative Dean Dohrman, R., cited the results of a Pew Research poll, which reflect what he calls, a “disturbing trend”.
Dohrman refers to the First Amendment definition of free speech. Poll results suggest an increasing trend. The results found 40% of millennials polled believe speech should be restricted or suppressed if it would be considered offensive to minorities. Older generations who held similar beliefs constituted 25% of their age group. Seniors of like mind made up only 20% of that category. Dohrman believes these results indicate a trend toward an ideology which fosters censorship.
A press release from Dohrman’s office states: “All Missouri graduates will receive and pass a course in the Founders motivations for including freedom of speech in the First Amendment. ” The bill, if passed, would make this a requirement.
Dohrman’s constituents in Missouri District 51 include residents of Pettis, Saline, and Johnson Counties.