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  • Supreme Court backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument [Bloomfield NM]

    10/16/2017 11:34:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 2:22 PM EDT
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a “strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.” However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of...
  • Chief Justice Roberts urged to punish Gorsuch over address at conservative gathering

    10/12/2017 12:55:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Free Speech For People, a non-profit progressive organization, sent an open letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Thursday, asking him to reprimand Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch for giving a speech at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. last month, saying it violated the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges.
  • Does Our Society Still Support the Right to be Wrong?

    09/27/2017 1:30:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the "modern" era, its status as one of the defining ideas of Western civilization can be traced to the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. After a century of bloody religious wars between Catholics and Protestants -- with Jews often getting caught in the crossfire -- the...
  • The Idiot’s Guide to Censorship

    09/26/2017 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: All proceeds from the following column will be spent on me.Some college students know nothing about the First Amendment. I mean that literally. For example, a student recently complained to me that the police had violated his First Amendment rights by pulling him over without a warrant. First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, whatever! As annoying as the complete constitutional illiterate can be, I am perhaps more annoyed by those who have some familiarity with the First Amendment and therefore conclude that they are constitutional scholars. These semi-literate clowns email me pretty often. Just last week, one of them wrote...
  • Survey: Just A Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Government

    09/25/2017 11:25:29 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 35 replies
    StudyFinds / Annenberg Public Policy Center ^ | 09/25/17 | Daniel Steingold
    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace.... “Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release. “These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”
  • NYT's Fuller's Bizarre Take on First Amendment at Berkeley: 'Can Cause Physical Pain'

    09/23/2017 9:26:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 23, 2017 | Clay Waters
    At Berkeley, there are both unequivocal voices championing the importance of free speech, no matter how inflammatory, and professors who say lines need to be drawn on campuses. These professors argue that the First Amendment needs to be reassessed for reasons that include the rise of internet trolling and cyberbullying and that some scientific research now shows that hateful speech can cause physical pain.
  • The End of the First Amendment

    09/20/2017 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley. The preparations for the visit were patently insane. First, the school charged the sponsor group, Young America's Foundation, a $15,000 security fee. Then, the school blocked off the upper level of the auditorium, fearful that radicals from the violent far-left-leaning group Antifa would infiltrate the speech and begin hurling objects from the balcony onto the crowd below. Finally, the school ended up spending some $600,000 on additional policing, including the creation of cement barriers and hiring of hundreds of armed police officers for a prospective riot. All this so that I...
  • Antifa Communists Plan Violence at Berkeley to Disrupt Ben Shapiro Visit Tomorrow

    09/13/2017 9:48:37 PM PDT · by Signalman · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | 9/13/2017 | Ray Starmann
    Over the past few weeks a number of things have been revealed about Antifa groups, people that use fascist methods to suppress any opinion or speech that does not conform to their own ideology, yet call themselves “anti-fascist.” After the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, Antifa massively overplayed their hand in a subsequent event in Berkeley California, where viral images finally exposed what the MSM had been trying to hide, that so-called Antifa groups were inciting violence with planned events, then dressing up in black, with masks, carrying sticks, clubs and mace, and proceeded to instigate violence against peaceful rally...
  • If You Feel Like Your First Amendment Rights Are Being Trampled On, This Could Be Why(poll results)

    09/13/2017 5:54:36 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 21 replies
    RedState ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jon Street
    If you feel like your First Amendment rights as an American are being trampled on, it might be because a staggering number of people don’t know what they are. According to a recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a mind-boggling 37 percent of respondents either didn’t know or couldn’t name any of the five First Amendment rights guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution: speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. The survey was conducted August 9-13 among a group of 1,013 U.S. adults who were 18 years old and older. Respondents were from...
  • Dem rep planning bill to define 'acceptable speech' on campus

    09/07/2017 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Fox News
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown reportedly plans to introduce a bill that would require universities and colleges to define “acceptable speech” on campus. The Maryland congressman announced the plans during a speech last week, according to The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper. Brown reportedly said he wants colleges to demonstrate they have initiatives that define to students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech.” Further, the bill reportedly would offer grant money to create these programs while pushing universities to report hate crimes. The proposal comes as campuses across the country have been accused of curbing...
  • How The Republicans Beat Campus Censorship

    09/07/2017 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Back in January of 2016, I sent a letter to UNC-Wilmington President Jose Sartarelli, which was copied to all 16 members of the Board of Trustees. I later published the same letter on Townhall.com. In my letter, which you can read here, I accused the university of having at least two policies that clearly violated the First Amendment. I then asked the administration to work with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to do an audit of our policies and then revise them towards the goal of attaining a coveted green light rating from FIRE. For those not...
  • Give B.S. a Chance

    09/03/2017 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2017 | Paul Jacob
    “Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet,” read the subject-line of Tim Eyman’s email.Eyman is a practitioner of the art of the voter initiative, foremost in his state, Washington, and one of the most effective nationwide. In fact, he was once dubbed “America’s No. 1 Freedom Fighter” . . . in this very column. His 16 statewide initiatives beginning in 1998 — 10 of which voters approved — have cut taxes, blocked tax increases, directed the state auditor to conduct performance audits and ended racial and gender preferences in state education and employment. Washington state citizens have saved $35.65...
  • Kid Rock to watchdog group: Go f- - - yourselves

    09/02/2017 9:24:27 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 53 replies
    AV Club ^ | 9.1.17 | Todd Spangler
    Michigan resident Robert Ritchie—known to fans as that Cicero of shitty country-rap, Kid Rock—has fired back at watchdog groups suggesting that his near-constant comments about running for office might actually make him subject to the U.S.A.’s electioneering laws. Faced with accusations that selling signs with slogans like “Kid Rock For Senate ’18" makes him a candidate—and thus beholden to the Federal Election Campaign Act, which requires candidates to track and report donations and campaign contributions—Ritchie fired back with the same sort of measured response that the Michigan electorate can probably hope to see from him if they get blazed out...
  • United Nations Urges U.S. to Give Up Free Expression to Combat Racism

    08/29/2017 3:39:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    LifeZette ^ | August 25, 2017 | Margaret Menge
    The U.N. issued an “early warning” Wednesday for the United States, urging that the government take immediate action to confront white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. But the warning and call for the U.S. government to act contained a little-noticed last paragraph, urging the U.S. to make sure that the “rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly” are not exercised to deny rights or freedom to others and pressing the U.S. government to “ensure that such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”
  • Tillerson to abolish most special envoys, including climate

    08/28/2017 10:35:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2017 8:45 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    Most of the United States’ special envoys will be abolished and their responsibilities reassigned as part of the State Department overhaul, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress on Monday, including envoys for climate change and the Iran deal. Special envoys for Afghanistan-Pakistan, disability rights and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center will be eliminated under the plan. But President Donald Trump’s administration plans to keep envoys for religious freedom, fighting anti-Semitism and LGBT rights, despite speculation from critics that it would seek to downgrade those priorities. Lawmakers of both parties, think tanks and even the diplomats’ association have long...
  • California Catholic School Removes Statues of Jesus, Mary to Be More ‘Inclusive’

    08/26/2017 6:24:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    An independent K-12 Catholic school in the San Francisco Bay Area has removed religious statues from its campus in order to appeal to those of other faiths. Parents and alumni are concerned about San Domenico School's decision to remove a number of statutes and religious icons, especially those of Jesus and Mary, the Marin Independent Journal reported. "Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico's 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one's heritage and beliefs," wrote parent Shannon Fitzpatrick in an email to school decision makers. "In our time...
  • ACLU backs down in face of Twitter’s wrath for pic of white baby holding US flag

    08/24/2017 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | August 24, 2017
    The ACLU got a big lesson in political correctness after posting a photo of a white baby holding an American flag to its Twitter page — and has backed off after social media trolls accused the free-speech group of promoting Nazis. “This is the future that ACLU members want,” the ACLU captioned a photo of a blonde baby wearing an ACLU “free speech” onesie and holding a small American flag.
  • Trump wants atheist group's suit over church order dropped

    08/22/2017 9:52:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 22, 2017 7:24 PM EDT
    The Trump administration wants a judge to nix a legal challenge to a presidential order easing enforcement of an IRS rule that limited religious organizations’ political activity. The Justice Department on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in May by a Wisconsin-based atheist group. The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues President Donald Trump’s order is unconstitutional because it grants preferential treatment to religious organizations while secular groups must still abide by the law. …
  • The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech

    08/19/2017 8:26:23 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 17, 2017 | K-Sue Park
    The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va., last week on behalf of a white supremacist rally organizer. The rally ended with a Nazi sympathizer plowing his car into a crowd, killing a counterprotester and injuring many. After the A.C.L.U. was excoriated for its stance, it responded that “preventing the government from controlling speech is absolutely necessary to the promotion of equality.” Of course that’s true. The hope is...
  • Freedom for the Speech We Hate

    08/17/2017 6:18:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public place. For some, Lee is associated with the military defense of slavery. For others, he is associated with the military defense of the right of states to leave the union -- a union they voluntarily joined. For the organizers of the Charlottesville rally, the removal...