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WATCH: Steven Crowder Asks Students To Change His Mind That 'Hate Speech Isn't Real'

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In the latest installment of "Change My Mind," comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder asks college students, including a member of Texas Christian University's debate team, to convince him that he is wrong to believe that "hate speech is not real."
To tackle the controversial topic, Crowder decided to return to a campus where his previous appearance stirred up all kinds of controversy, including accusations of being a "rape culture apologist" and getting officially condemned by administrators, who even offered students "adversely effected" by his opinions counseling to help them deal with the "trauma."
Though he was sure to be branded a "hate speech apologist" this go-round, Crowder returned to TCU to have some more open, honest, and unedited conversations. After the university gave him several hoops to jump through, he and his team decided they'd just show up and see what happened.
Give me "one country that has better net results for human freedom and human rights by restricting speech," Crowder asks a student at one point. He gets no coherent response.
His first challenger, who is from Oregon, makes clear at the beginning that he is not interested in having his mind changed, but is rather there to change Crowder's mind. Crowder is game.
Crowder begins by defining the terms so they can both speak the same language. He underscores that he is not arguing that there is no such thing as hateful speech, rather, that he does not believe that we should legally label some speech "hate speech" based on its "level of offense or level of oppression," as is the case in some more left-leaning countries, like England or his home country of Canada.
"I feel there should be limits on what should be said on campuses, as in if there's someone saying blatantly racist things," the Oregonian says. "I think it would be better for all involved, just so there isn't that sort of hateful attitude just because it can lead to conflict that isn't necessary."
"So you're just talking about on a private campus?" asks Crowder.
"I'm talking in general," the student responds, though when Crowder presses him further on it, he eventually changes his view to limiting the rules to speech allowed on campus.
Crowder points out that on publicly funded campuses, the administration cannot take partisan positions on speech. He then brings it back to the country at large: should the government limit speech across the board? "For the country at large, I think it should be more of a taboo," the student replies, indicating he actually agrees on one level with Crowder.
"It already is a taboo," says Crowder. "So how are you changing my mind?...That's just offensive speech, but it's protected under the First Amendment, right?"
"That's true," the student concedes. "So you agree that racism is bad and that no one should say that?"
"I agree," Crowder responds. "I agree that racism is bad. Do I think people should be allowed to be racist? Sure. ... You just coupled two very different questions."
The next challenger is a girl who introduces herself as a member of the speech and debate team at the university. They begin by again establishing their terms. "I believe that any speech that would be differentiated out from the umbrella of free speech doesn't exist," says Crowder. "I don't think there's speech offensive enough or egregious enough to warrant any kind of legislation."
"So unequivocally, all speech is protected?" she asks.
"Yes," he says.
"I 100% agree with you that free speech should be protected," she says, noting that she's from Russia and it's "terrible" over there. But then she adds, "I just wonder, what about fear-mongering, any speech that is a call to action for violence to occur?"
After she cites the Pulse night club massacre as being prompted by religious hate speech, Crowder presses her to try to actually define hate speech legally. She attempts to, but Crowder points out that she's actually talking about "direct" calls to violence, for which there are already laws on the books and is not the same as expressing offensive opinions which are covered as free speech. She then attempts to argue that "indirect" promotion of violence should also be restricted, an argument Crowder counters.

Inside the abandoned hospital where selfless vets have set up a makeshift clinic to save wild animals and pets left for dead in the California wildfires (64 Pics)

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  • The defunct Del Oro Old County Hospital building in Oroville is housing hundreds of stranded animals
  • Vets and nurses from the North Valley Animal Disaster Group are caring for them there
  • They are just some of the thousands of animals which have been burned alive in the California wildfires 
  • Other larger animals have been taken to the Butte County Showgrounds in Gridley 
  • 51 people have died in the fires and the number of animals killed is unclear 
  • Sandra Bullock has led stars supporting the work to save animals, donating $100k while animal lover and local Kaley Cuoco has called on fans to support the work of shelters 
Vets have filled the defunct Del Oro County Hospital building in Oroville to care for stranded animals that were left for dead in the Camp Fire last week and over the weekend
A veterinary assistant tend to animals in their cages in the animal hospital in Oroville on Tuesday 
In addition to the dogs, cats and geese were chickens and exotic birds. Some are wild and some are pets which were left behind or whose owners perished
The shelter has been set up inside the Del Oro County Hospital building in Oroville which has not been used for years
A cat with charred paws is among the hundreds of animals being looked after inside the hospital by volunteer nurses and vets
The cat had its singed paws treated before they were wrapped up. Hundreds of animals died in the fires 
The staff had to gently clean the cat's charred paws of debris and treat the burns before wrapping them up 

A dog with a burned paw and nose was also treated at the clinic on Tuesday. The vets said the animals burned themselves trying to flee from the flames 
Sara Anderson cradles a small dog whose four paws were singed in the fire. She is one of the selfless volunteers from the North Valley Animal Disaster Group
A dog with a burned nose rests on blankets inside the clinic. In addition to the 51 people who have died in the fires, California's pets and wildlife have been under immense threat 
Sara Anderson feeds a cockatoo inside the animal hospital. In addition to the hundreds of cats and dogs that have been rescued, there are 41 birds inside the shelter
A dog looks forlorn in its cage in the animal hospital in Oroville. It is one of thousands around California that have been displaced 
A parrot nibbles on feed inside its cage in the overrun shelter on Tuesday while assistant Sara Anderson tends to others 
A litter of puppies fight for food inside their cage at the hospital. They did not appear to be seriously injures but had been left 
A parrot in its cage squawks for attention at the Oroville animal shelter on Tuesday 
The staff sprang into action when the fires took hold last week . They have since received help from the California Veterinary Medical Corps 

Karen Falconer, a volunteer in the disused hospital, dotes on a small dog that is one of the hundreds in the shelter 
Cody Hilgenberg donates animal food at the Chico Municipal Airport
A woman cradles a dog at the airport. People have been both dropping animals off there and going to look for their pets 

People walk dogs on leashes at the Chico Municipal Airport in California on Tuesday 
Volunteers stack up donated dog food, blankets and pillows at the Chico Municipal Airport on Tuesday 
Paradise resident Jeff Hill was scouting his neighborhood this weekend after returning home. He discovered this helpless horse trapped inside a backyard pool
Hill said: 'As I was checking to see if someone’s house was standing, we stumbled upon this girl who had given up and had the look of defeat in her eyes'
Hill is pictured assisting the horse to the shallow end of the pool and out of the water 

Thanks to Hill's efforts, the horse survived. Hill said: 'She got out, shook off, loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you and walked off assuring us that she was OK'
A traumatized kitten is pictured after receiving treatment through the Little Angels Project, which is helping animals hurt in the blazes
The kitten's burnt paws are seen in this close-up shot. An unknown number of pets and wild animals have died in the flames
Another heartbreaking photograph taken from inside the animal hospital shows the severity of the kitten's injuries
This black and white cat survived the deadly wildfires. Others were laid to rest 
This German Shepard was found hanging from a fence with badly burnt paws this week in the California wildfires
The dog is seen laying in his recovery bed with casts covering all four legs
A terrier is also seen as it is readied for an operation to fix its jaw which was broken when the pooch was hit by a car fleeing the fire
A cat is treated for its injuries caused by the Woolsey Fire in Woodland Hills, southern California
Dakota Semler stands with 'Stanley' the giraffe at the Malibu Wine Safari in Malibu on November 13
Los Angeles County firefighter Aurelio Sanchez feeds a camel stranded by wildfires in Malibu on November 13
Deer walk through an area destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California on November 13
An injured swan is pictured inside its cage after being rescued this week from the wildfire aftermath
Rest in peace: The badly burned cat was pictured cowering in agony before animal rescuers could take it to a veterinary center, after it was discovered near a residential block in Paradise, California on Sunday
A rabbit suffering from burns struggles to find safety, as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn near Malibu in California
A badly burned bunny was rescued from the fires and treated for its wounds
A dog is treated for severe burns on its paws from the Woolsey Fire. Volunteer veterinarians with Veterinary Angels and The Little Angels Project, created a mash tent at Pierce College to treat animals injured or displaced by the fires

Shiloh, a two-year-old golden retriever, has suffered burns to her face and needs veterinarian treatment, but her owner, Cathy Fallon is refusing to leave her property because authorities will then not allow her to return due to the evacuation order

A cat is treated by workers at the Little Animals Project in LA after they were found with burns in the Woolsey fire
Equine veterinarian Jesse Jellison carries an injured goose to a waiting transport during the Camp Fire in Paradise
Dr. Maritxu Ravenscroft with Veterinary Angels and The Little Angels Project, looks over treatment notes for animals displaced by the fire

These two cats were injured in the wildfires and volunteers posted these pictures of them to try and reunite them with their owners
Members of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Ashley Nola, left, and Catherine McFarren, right, tend to burns on a dog that was brought in to the Butte County Fair Grounds where large animals are being sheltered during the Camp Fire
Many larger animals have been taken to the Butte County Fair as nearby communities are ordered to evacuate
Horses are evacuated by members of the Humane Society of Ventura County from an area affected by a wildfire in Malibu, California
A horse is seen as members of the Humane Society of Ventura County evacuate animals from an area affected by a wildfire in Malibu
A donkey rests on a roadside as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, California
Stanley the giraffe, one of several exotic animals at Saddlerock Ranch, is shrouded in smoke in the aftermath of the Woosley Fire. The animals on the ranch survived, but several buildings on the property we destroyed or damaged by the fire