Skip to comments.Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal? [video only]
Posted on 07/18/2013 4:29:04 PM PDT by servo1969
In May 2013, John Rosemond America's longest running newspaper columnistreceived an astonishing order from the Kentucky attorney general: Stop publishing your advice column in the Bluegrass State or face fines and jail. The attorney general and Kentucky's psychologist licensing board believe that John's column, which is syndicated in more than 200 papers nationwide, constitutes the "unlicensed practice of psychology" in Kentucky when it appears in a Kentucky newspaper. Kentucky's crackdown is part of a national surge in the abuse of occupational licensing laws to censor advice.
On July 17, 2013, John joined the Institute for Justice to fight back in federal court. His First Amendment lawsuit defends freedom of speech and freedom of the press from government officials who believe that it can be a crime in America to express an opinion in the newspaper. John's challenge addresses one of the most important unsettled questions in First Amendment law: Can the government use occupational licensing laws to trump free speech?
My two favorite books on parenting are by John Rosemond:
A Family of Value
So offering friendly advice to a friend, neighbor, or even a loved one is illegal? I mean, just how far does Kentucky want to take this? I think they’re already past the “extreme” part...
[rolls eyes] So if your new neighbor asks you about what kind of grass is best in your area, you’re supposed to say “Oh, I’m not licensed to advise you in that matter, please consult a professional” or face jail time??? Morons. Actually, it’s an insult to morons to compare them to these people.
I guess this means that you can’t give anyone advice even if it is asked for. This would include friends, strangers and even bosses. You would be fined and they would be warned that you’re not licensed and therefore not entitled to give your advice.
....because only ignorants like state-employed bureaucrats can tell when a person is qualified in a given field. Oxygen thieves.
I went through something similar in the 80’s.
I was a very successful activities director in a New England Kosher Nursing Home. My residents had full, enjoyable lives as we covered all types of religious, entertainment, cultural, and artistic activities as well as therapeutic programs that promoted orientation, memory awareness, and personal histories in the context of recreation. We had an Opera Club, Current Events Discussion Groups, Arts and Crafts, a Book Club, a room that was a mock-up of a late 19th Century New York Apartment complete with Sabbath Table and treadle Sewing machine, etc. We even did an abridged production of “Fiddler on the Roof” complete with costumes and props.
In spite of this, when the STATE decided to embark upon a path to licensing, one of the criteria was a liberal arts degree, which I lacked. I was “let go” in favor of a recent college graduate, of a minority persuasion, who neither knew nor cared anything about Jewish People and didn’t give a rat’s ass about their personal and unique cultural history. (I had lots of Holocaust Survivors as residents...and I don’t think my successor even KNEW what that meant!)
I have since had a successful career as a solo musician and music teacher, and do not have advanced degrees in THOSE disciplines EITHER.
HAH! So THERE!
What about Lucy in Peanuts comic strip?
“The Doctor is In” 5 cents
Licensing requirements for Journalists would please the regime no doubt.
This is sick. But what do you expect from government?
What if that book is sold in Kentucky, is that also a violation of their licensing laws? By the way this is not about occupational licensing which is simply a tax levied to do business in a certain location. This seems to be about professional licensing from the appropriate State board. Either way it is BS.
Well, maybe the good side of this is that the next time we have a national tragedy, we won’t have to listen to Obama’s nauseating “comfort” speeches because he isn’t a licensed therapist.
It would be hard for me, I guess I’m one of those white Hispanics since a great grandpa was a Mexican Indian. Now, some of his ancestors were probably slaves but since they didn’t come from Africa it doesn’t count. The same goes for my Irish ancestors who, horror of horrors, came from Europe. Maybe I could take the route preferred by most “white” journalists and become a practicing hypocrite. There is a church for that, Unitarians?
HAH! So THERE!"
Not only that, you have the most complete knowledge of the Bible - more than any preacher, minister or priest that I have ever met!
Every story, every parable, every promise - you know it!
And you don't even have a Doctorate in Theology!
You have a deep understanding of the Torah, and Jewish Tradition.
And you host a prayer thread for Jerusalem EVERY day, (yet you are a strong Christian!)
HAH! So THERE!
I am proud to call you my FRiend!
Awww...Thank You, Dear Sweet FRiend!
Your kind words have made my day.
(And today was a tough one...such words before I hit the pillow are like apples of gold in settings of silver(Proverbs).
Thank you for such kind words, my friend.
May you have a restful slumber, and peaceful dreams.
Haven’t gone to bed yet...still have jet lag I guess.
I believe there is a personal aspect to this action.
John Rosemond is very unpopular with many child psychologists because he calls them out on their pc - ADHD - don’t spank your kids - medicate them B.S.
What better way to silence him and curtail his influence than to sic the state licensing board on him?
There is a good chance many influential board members despise him.