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  • Who Are the 5 Pastors in the Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal? Here are their names and background

    10/23/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.Although those five pastors, Steve Riggle, David Welch, Hernan Castaño, Khanh Huynh and Magda Hermida, were not technically parties of the lawsuit against the city's new equal rights ordinance that sparked the need for the subpoenas, they all participated in the coalition...
  • Houston Mayor Trashing the First Amendment With Alinsky Tactics

    10/23/2014 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 14 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ben Carson
    The recent arguably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Liberals attack First Amendment in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Idaho

    10/22/2014 5:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Speech isn't free if politicians don't like it.The Wall Street Journal has lately been performing a real public service by chronicling the efforts of Wisconsin lawmakers, prosecutors and some judges to basically obliterate the First Amendment as it pertains to political speech. No one has passed a law saying you can be arrested for what you say. The usurpation of liberty never works like that. Rather, a complicated web of bureaucracies and legal authorities have established regulations in the name of "fairness" or "good goverment" or "transparency" or what-have-you.The real-life impact is set traps for advocacy groups who aren't trying...
  • Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge

    10/21/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it. Five pastors, members of Houston's conservative, evangelical base, oppose HERO, as does the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and...
  • Gov to Ministers: Marry Gays or Go to Jail

    10/20/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    …and the distinction between gay rights and religious persecution just vanished. It begins with equality and ends with everyone losing their freedom.But I love all these new freedoms we’re getting. We now have the freedom to do what various pressure groups want or go to jail. I hope we don’t get too many more new freedoms or we’ll run out of jail cells. Officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are threatening an elderly couple who run a wedding chapel with jail time unless they perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching...
  • Court allows First Amendment claim based on alleged professor retaliation (Shortened Title)

    10/20/2014 7:17:03 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Pompeo v. Board of Regents (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2014, but apparently not substantially publicized until Thursday): The University of New Mexico offered a class and Plaintiff enrolled in that class. The subject matter of the class (Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts) as set out in [the Complaint] was chosen by the class instructor, Defendant Hinkley, to spark incendiary class discussions. The syllabus assured students that its quite clear that we do not expect anyone to necessarily agree with the positions and arguments advanced in our work. Theres controversy built right into the syllabus, and we cant wait to...
  • Religious Liberty Under Attack as City of Houston Subpoenas Church Sermons

    10/19/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by Red6 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The battle over Houston's non-discrimination ordinance has moved from the ballot box to the church pulpit, as a group of pastors fights efforts by the city to subpoena their sermons and private communications with church members. The law, passed last June, was criticized because it could be used to allow men to use women's bathrooms, among other objections. Opponents to the law had collected more than 50,000 signatures to place a repeal measure on the ballot this November, far more than the 17,269 required. However, the City of Houston moved to invalidate the majority of the signatures,...
  • New America: Ordained ministers threatened with jail unless they perform same sex marriages

    10/19/2014 4:13:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    City officials in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples. The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp...
  • Christians Cant Accept Houstons Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/19/2014 10:20:32 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 16, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

    10/17/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I dont mean to point out the obvious herebut what do those attorneys think a sermon is? Its a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the citys attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise ParkerHoustons first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • Texas Attorney General Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Bullying Christians

    10/16/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Thats the bottom line of a harshly-worded letter written by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to Houston City Attorney David Feldman.</p> <p>Feldmans office sent subpoenas to five Houston pastors last month demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues. They also wanted sermons or correspondence that referenced Annise Parker, the citys first openly lesbian mayor.</p>
  • Houston mayor, city attorney: On second thought, maybe those sermon subpoenas were a wee bit broad

    10/16/2014 7:39:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Quelle surprise. After news of their subpoenas for sermons given by religious leaders went viral yesterday, Houston’s mayor and city attorney backpedaled away from its “wording,” although the city attorney initially attempted to defend the demand. Later, he shifted the blame to outside legal representation: Amid outrage from religious groups, Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman on Wednesday appeared to back off a subpoena request for the sermons of certain ministers opposed to the city’s equal rights ordinance, with Parker calling it overly broad.The subpoenas, handed down to five pastors and religious leaders last month, came to...
  • Houston city attorneys subpoena sermons from pastors opposed to rights law

    10/15/2014 8:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2014 | Rick Moran
    Conservative Christian pastors in Houston who opposed an equal rights ordinance had their sermons and other private communications subpoenaed by city attorneys fighting to keep a repeal referendum off the ballot.Houston Chronicle: Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use womens restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the citys legal defense of a non-discrimination measure that allows gender-confused people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houstons move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • Lawful open carry and the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments

    10/07/2014 2:31:52 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 7, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    From Northrup v. City of Toledo Police Div., 2014 WL 4925052 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 30, 2014): On the evening of June 16, 2010, Northrup was walking down a street in his neighborhood, with his wife, daughter, grandson, and their Yorkshire terrier, and a handgun holstered on his right hip, when Alan Rose drove by on a motorcycle. Northrup and Rose did not know each other, but Rose stopped his motorcycle and began telling Northrup that he could not walk around in public while openly carrying a handgun. Northrup and his wife told Rose that open carry of a firearm is...
  • Twitter sues U.S. Justice Department for right to reveal surveillance requests

    10/07/2014 1:58:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/7/14 | Alexei Oreskovic
    Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, intensifying its battle with federal agencies as the Internet industry's self-described champion of free speech seeks the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance. The lawsuit, which Twitter said follows months of fruitless negotiations with the government, marks an escalation in the Internet industry's battle over government gag orders on the nature and number of requests for private user information.
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • Public school 'purges' Christian authors from library

    09/29/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for purging Christian books from its library. snip ....Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was The Hiding Place, the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape. Dacus said PJIs legal team and the district have exchanged letters already. snip Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued. Dacus said an immediate correction of the schools policy would prevent a...
  • Pride and Perjury

    09/25/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the fourth column in a series. The first three installments, “This is Providence,” “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” and “Prayers and Preparation,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. Defendant Kimberly Cook is not your ordinary sociologist. Before she even opens her mouth she comes across as an attractive and confident person. When she starts to talk it doesn’t take long to...
  • Student Bullies Trump 1st Amendment

    09/23/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court let stand a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that school officials of Live Oak High School can prohibit American students from wearing to school clothing featuring the American flag because of threats made against the American students. You read that right: not threats made by the American students but threats directed at them by others. Admittedly, it's hard to surprise sane people anymore with...
  • Is there a right to contribute to out-of-state elections?

    09/22/2014 12:25:05 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 22, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Josh Blackman links to an interesting new speech by (retired) Justice Stevens about the Courts campaign finance jurisprudence. Among other things, Justice Stevens argues that there ought to be little protection (or no protection?) for campaign contributions made across state lines. He begins . . .: In the first sentence of his controlling opinion [in McCutcheon v. FEC] the Chief Justice correctly states that there is no right more basic to our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders. 188 L. Ed.2d 468, 482. And in his concluding paragraph he correctly describes that right as the...
  • On Constitution Day, FIRE Mails First Amendment Warning to More Than 300 Colleges

    09/19/2014 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2014 | Will Creeley
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2014In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nations largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. The letters are being mailed from the main post office near Independence Hall in Philadelphia today to mark the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. liberty bell 58 percent of our nations public colleges and universities restrict student and faculty speech with blatantly...
  • ASU reverses decision, players can display crosses

    09/18/2014 7:45:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fred Jackson
    The Christian legal group Liberty Institute says the university has reversed an earlier decision in which it ordered the school's football players not to display a memorial cross decal on the back of their helmets. The football players decided to include the crosses to honor Markel Owens, who was killed in a home invasion, and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who died in a car accident. Liberty Institute calls it a "great victory for the players."
  • Dinesh D'Souza Is Planning His Prison Memoir

    09/16/2014 6:31:37 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sam Tanenhaus
    On September 23, Dinesh DSouza will appear before a federal judge in Manhattan to learn whether he will do jail time for violating campaign-finance law. (He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of funneling $20,000 to a friends Senate campaign via straw donors.) It will be the latest turn in a remarkable life that has embodiedperhaps more than any otherthe passions and commitments of the modern conservative movement. DSouza leapt to prominence during his student days as editor of The Dartmouth Review, then emerging as a first-read for pro-Reagan provocation. Those were heady times for the youth corps of...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Moms Demand Action making fudge with facts

    09/13/2014 9:48:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | unknown
    Miguel at Gun Free Zone has a great post about how Moms Demand Action are busy making fudge. Fudge as in fudging the truth into some bastardized facts to promote their flawed message. What flavor of fudge are the Mommies making up in the kitchen? Theyre trying to claim that most every mass shooting incident has not occurred in a gun-free zone. How are they coming up with that? They arent relying on the FBIs definition of a mass shooting, but instead counting crime scenes in private homes.
  • Upstate New York braces as Remington Arms packs up to leave

    09/13/2014 8:32:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 99 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/8/2014 | Raquel Okyay
    An upstate New York lawmaker said the loss of manufacturing jobs in the state last month is due to an anti-gun administration that has ignored pleas from local officials to be involved in the negotiating process. Remington talks have come to a halt, said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R.-Newport), whose district includes the Village of Ilion, where the Remington Outdoor Company has been located for almost 200 years. We are losing 105 jobs at the Ilion primary plant, said Butler. In February he predicted long-term consequences of Remingtons decision to expand to Huntsville, Ala., instead of Ilion, N.Y. The small...
  • After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits Assault Weapons Are A Myth

    09/13/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Bob Owens
    In a stunning op-ed released Friday, the NY Times finally admitted that assault weapons are a made-up political term fabricated by anti-gun Democrats. Op-ed writer Lois Beckett also admitted that once the term was manufactured and used to outlaw a class of weapons that dishonest anti-gun Democrats had used to con an entire nation, nothing happened.
  • The Silent Coup: How Harry Reid and the Democrats plan to subvert free speech

    09/13/2014 6:35:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/13/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The constitutional amendment before us, Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, isnt about limiting free speech. Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union. I am sure you two have met before. Writing in June that the nonprofit strongly opposes the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLUs Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal deceptively complex, unnecessary, redundant of existing law, dangerous for liberties, vague, overbroad, exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes, and the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly...
  • Silent Coup: Harry Reids plan to hand America to liberal billionaires

    09/12/2014 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The constitutional amendment before us, Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, isnt about limiting free speech. Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union. I am sure you two have met before. Writing in June that the nonprofit strongly opposes the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLUs Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal deceptively complex, unnecessary, redundant of existing law, dangerous for liberties, vague, overbroad, exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes, and the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly limit...
  • Actually, Senators, You're the Ones Who Threaten the Country

    09/12/2014 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    We are, as it always seems, "at a pivotal moment in American history." At least that's what Sens. Tom Udall and Bernie Sanders maintained in a melodramatic Politico op-ed last week as they explained their efforts to repeal the First Amendment. Let me retort in their language: It's true that building the United States has been long, arduous and rife with setbacks. But throughout the years, the American people have repelled efforts to weaken or dismantle the First Amendment. We have weathered the Sedition Act of 1918, a law that led to the imprisonment of innocent Americans who opposed the...
  • Football Team Forced to Remove Christian Crosses from Helmets

    09/12/2014 9:34:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Football players at Arkansas State University were ordered to either remove a Christian cross decal from their helmets or modify it into a mathematical sign after a Jonesboro attorney complained that the image violated the U.S. Constitution.</p> <p>The cross decal was meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, said athletic director Terry Mohajir. Weyer was killed in a June car crash. Owens was gunned down in Tennessee in January.</p>
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Fun: Senate Dems Whine When GOP Calls Their Bluff on Show Vote

    09/09/2014 4:19:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    The Politico story quoted extensively below is a gem, on several levels.  By way of background, Senate Democrats are hopping mad because Republicans have complicated their game plan to stage a series of quixotic, poll-tested, pre-election show votes.  The GOP's specific sin?  Agreeing to proceed to a debate on the first proposed measure -- which just happens to be a Constitutional Amendment imposing unprecedented new federal limits on political speech: Several Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Monday to advance a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states greater power to regulate campaign finance. But the bipartisanship ends there. Many of the Republicans only voted for the bill to foul up...
  • University Squelches Freedom Of Speech With Campus-Wide Discrimination Initiative

    09/06/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Emma Colton
    Wake Forest University kicked off the fall 2014 semester by instituting a campus-wide online system that has the potential to restrict free speech by allowing students and staff to anonymously file reports on any occurrences they deem biased or hateful. Known as the Bias Incident Report system , the online form does not specify the criteria for filing a report, nor does it explicitly define the word bias. Instead, students are pressured to submit a report anytime they believe they are encountering an incident of hate or bias potentially opening the floodgates for students to report incidents without cause....
  • Religious Freedom Under Attack on College Campuses

    09/06/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Kristan Hawkins
    As college students hit their campuses and get back to class, many are facing an unprecedented attack on their First Amendment rights to religious freedom and free speech. Just as sure as atheists will sue to remove Nativity scenes at Christmastime, the new school year will no doubt bring many lawsuits on campuses across the country that seek to suppress viewpoints that the university administration holds to be contrary to their own. Many would say that suing to remove something that represents exactly what Christmas stands for is absurd and it is no less ridiculous what is happening at universities...
  • New Yorks shut up rule

    09/03/2014 10:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Scott Blackburn
    Keep quiet. Thats the message being sent by New York State Board of Elections, which disregarded the First Amendment to enact new emergency regulations on political speech that could become permanent at the end of this month. Intended to regulate spending by independent groups during campaign season, the regulations are so expansive that almost anyone, citizen or organization, hoping to have their say on any issue could find themselves in bureaucratic dire straits. Imagine you hear a radio ad where your state representative lets call him Fred claims to oppose higher taxes. But you know that Fred voted...
  • "Emergency Regulations": NY's Latest Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

    09/01/2014 12:18:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Remember when President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act by claiming if you "liked your plan you could keep it"? He earnedPolitifact's 2013 "Lie of the Year" for that whopper. Amazingly, several other Democrats made the same false promise. Knowing what we know now, wouldn't you want to expose any politician who stood behind that misleading statement? Well, if someone uttered those words in the state of New York, you may now be forced to let it slide. A new law in the Empire State, which some are calling the ' shut up rule,' could allow such lofty claims...
  • This is Providence

    08/28/2014 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: Some of the themes discussed in this column were part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking this link. March 18, 2010 was one of the worst days of my life. That was the day Judge Malcolm Howard threw my lawsuit against UNCW out of court. Three years after filing suit and a full eight years after I started to criticize universities, including my own, for violating the First Amendment I lost a bid to go to trial. I also lost all credibility...
  • Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces

    08/28/2014 1:12:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. An injustice has been done,...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

    08/26/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/26/2014 | James Poulos
    Two New York farmers who hold weddings on their property have been fined after disinviting a gay couple who hoped to tie the knot there. Is this a win for gay rights, or an encroachment on religious liberty? As is only to be expected, a fresh wave of controversy is swirling around a courts imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who dont want a gay couple to get married on their property. In todays news cycle, where outrage is instinctively deployed as a weapon against our memory, the story of the Giffords (who owned the farm) versus...
  • Government to track political speech on internet [Is FreeRepublic next?]

    08/26/2014 9:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is a real headshaker that should send chills down your spine.Washington Free Beacon: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project....
  • War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

    08/21/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." This hostility toward Christianity is a global phenomenon. Radical Muslims are targeting, persecuting and, in many cases, slaughtering Christians in numerous countries around the world. But I want to talk about a softer form of hostility though nevertheless of serious concern that is occurring in the United States. I filled an entire book with examples of discrimination...
  • Ferguson the Latest Instance of Shackled American Journalism

    08/18/2014 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Police in Ferguson, MO arrested two journalists for covering the protests over their fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager eight times, including in the back. Officers shoved Wesley Lowery, of the Washington Post, into a soda machine for taping them, before he was cuffed in plastic binds. An officer rammed Ryan Grims head against glass. The reporter for the Huffington Post wasnt packing up his reporting gear quickly enough. Both journalists respective papers released statements condemning the Ferguson police, but the decline of free press reaches further than one town in Missouri. Unfortunately state suppression of the press is hardly...
  • Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go (Bloomfield, New Mexico)

    08/08/2014 8:10:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
    A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. The Daily Times reports that Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the principal effect of endorsing religion.
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Court Rules in Favor of Ground Zero Cross, Rejects Atheists' Appeal

    07/29/2014 5:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the 17-foot cross beam salvaged from the wreckage of Twin Towers will remain in the National 9/11 Museum, despite the very best efforts of American Atheists Inc. In American Atheists v. Port Authority of New Jersey and New York the group asserted that the artifact's positioning in the museum towered "over any other symbols in the vicinity, expressing Christian primacy." It charged that the Latin cross's dominance violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. The judges found, however, that the...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing Queen James Bible on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/26/2014 6:10:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals to make their sinful nature right with God has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog.
  • President Obama You Have Crossed A Dangerous, Unprecedented Line

    07/22/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret. I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind. This was an outrageous act of discrimination against religion in the name of anti-discrimination, an act of bullying people of faith in the name of the prevention...