Out of all the ways that freedom of speech is being chilled worldwide, the campaign in the U.S. to shut down the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is just another example of how champions of censorship are willing to throw the baby out with the bath water. The petition New York State Senators handed to the City University of New York just last week typifies this. On the charge of BDS advocates creating a “hostile environment” on campus, the petition’s backers are signing up to sacrifice freedom of speech and undermine the very academic freedom that universities live and die by in order to promote a very narrow political agenda. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, you can say what you want about the effectiveness of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, but no reasonable person can say that individuals and companies don’t have a constitutionally protected right to boycott if they so choose. Oh wait, a few people we definitely expect to be reasonable are not only saying it, but are threatening to criminalize BDS (we’re talking about you, Ted Cruz).