The Notre Dame students who walked out during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech were expressing their political beliefs, which has to be respected as their freedom of opinion, writes Matthew Tully of the Indianapolis Star. In his view, their right to self-expression should be defended, as should anyone’s. Whether or not one agrees with the students' stance, they were justified to stand up for what they believe in. Tully dismisses accusations that they were trying to stifle Pence’s right to expression since they went about their protest in a non-disruptive, quiet and respectful manner.
The fact that Notre Dame students walked out during Mike Pence’s speech is representative of a larger trend of suppressing conservative ideas across the country, argues Charlie Kirk for Fox News. He claims that similar examples have manifested themselves on university campuses, where conservative speeches have been shut down because they contradicted liberals’ opinions. Many universities enable the creation of liberal bubbles, where foreign concepts are blocked out. Kirk suggests that universities should teach their students how to engage and debate ideas that they disagree with, rather than just avoiding them.