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  • Secret Service shuts down ‘Fire Holder’ protest outside White House

    07/02/2012 10:32:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/12 | Matthew Boyle
    WASHINGTON — Secret Service agents shut down a protest outside the White House on Monday where about 30 young protesters demanded President Barack Obama fire Attorney General Eric Holder. Agents on scene claimed a backpack abandoned on a sidewalk was a “suspicious package,” closing the Pennsylvania Avenue pedestrian mall in front of the White House, and the adjoining Lafayette Park, from protesters and tourists. All pedestrian traffic, including media, was forced to retreat to side streets. Officers roped the streets off with bright yellow crime scene tape and brought in bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs. After waiting on the sidewalk behind the...
  • First Amendment attorney joins effort to shut down Righthaven

    06/30/2012 6:08:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 430 june 2012 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas First Amendment attorney Allen Lichtenstein has joined the initiative to shut down copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC. Lichtenstein said Friday he's signed on to represent the receiver who claims to control Righthaven and who plans to put an end to Righthaven pursuing appeals of its legal setbacks. After judges rejected its lawsuits and its assets were seized by creditors in December, Righthaven continued to operate solely to pursue those appeals. And as recently as June 22, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson publicly claimed to be the CEO of Righthaven and had openly hired an outside attorney to...
  • ObamaCare's Other Mandate Threatens Religious Liberty

    06/30/2012 1:26:32 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | June 30, 2012
    First Amendment: The bizarre ObamaCare decision leaves unresolved the separate issue of whether government can define what a church is and what it can do. Will the courts also redefine the "free exercise" of religion? For now, ObamaCare remains largely intact and so does its attempt to rewrite the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion through its mandate that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their church teachings and religious consciences. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says it will move forward with litigation challenging a requirement from the federal health care law that employers...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Man jailed for threatening South Park writers (Muhammad in a bear suit)

    06/23/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 22 June 2012
    A Muslim convert from New York has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison after admitting threatening the writers of South Park over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, alias Younus Abdullah Muhammed, ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against perceived enemies of Islam. In February he pleaded guilty to making threatening communications, using the internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organisation's websites to conspire to commit murder. The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Alexandria,...
  • New Video: HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty

    06/23/2012 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    Acton Institute Powerblog ^ | June22, 2012 | Michael M. Miller
    What would Diedrich Bonhoeffer have to say about the HHS mandate? Eric Metaxas–best selling author of the biographies on William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy gives us some insight in this 2 minute video that explains the real issue behind the HHS Mandate: Religious liberty. He’s joined by economist Jennifer Roback Morse, a Catholic economist and founder and president of the Ruth Institute. The short video distills the fact that opposition to HHS Mandate is not about the morality of contraception or even abortion. It is about religious liberty and maintaing the freedom of religion that our Founders realized...
  • Launching the Fortnight for Freedom

    06/22/2012 12:43:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    FIRST THINGS ^ | June 21, 2012 | Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    This speech was delivered last night in Indianapolis to a group of Catholic journalists on the eve of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a national campaign of teaching, witness, and prayer against the abortifacient and contraceptive mandate and in favor or religious freedom. I’ve known Greg Erlandson as a friend for many years. So I was glad to accept his invitation to join you tonight. And I’m very glad to speak on the theme of religious liberty because events in our country have made it an urgent concern. I can sum up my remarks tonight in five simple points. First, religious...
  • Hitler Learns Aaron Worthing (Walker) Case Has Been Dismissed

    06/16/2012 6:56:55 PM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 1 replies
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 6/16/2012 | Snarky Basterd
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  • Making Reporters Use Government Equipment to Write About Jobs Numbers?

    06/06/2012 7:33:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The unilateral, unprecedented move by the Labor Department with this politically critical data has First Amendment proponents up in arms.The deadline is closing in on a Labor Department order requiring news organizations to use government computers and equipment to distribute sensitive economic data — including the politically important and sometimes unsavory monthly jobs report. Until now, reporters have been provided the Labor data shortly before the embargoed release time to analyze and draft their stories from a lock-up room at the department. When it’s release time, the Labor Department flips a switch to let news organizations transmit over secure lines...
  • 'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle

    05/26/2012 1:09:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/25/12 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.   WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.” Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan...
  • Barrack Obama's "Freedom of Worship"

    05/24/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 4 replies
    Ward World ^ | 05/24/2012 | Kevin A Ward
    The timing may be off with this post, but there is an observation I've been meaning to point out with regard to Barack Obama's HHS Mandate on religious institutions. Barack Obama in defending the mandate has suggested that it has no impact on "Freedom of Worship". So, exactly where does "Freedom of Worship" appear in the Constitution? It doesn't. The First Amendment provides for "Freedom of Religion". No one to my knowledge has called him out on this significant distinction. Freedom of Religion of course provides for living one's life in concert with the principles of your faith. It unambiguously...
  • Evangelicals respond to Catholic lawsuits: ‘We are all Catholic now’

    05/22/2012 7:04:47 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    LifeSitenews.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Obama administration’s HHS mandate has united Christians of all stripes – evangelical, historical Protestant, and Roman Catholic – as they close ranks behind a flurry of lawsuits filed yesterday morning to overturn the controversial measure and stall government interference in religion. After 43 Catholic institutions – including the major archdioceses, dioceses, universities, and publishing houses affiliated with the Church in the United States – filed a dozen lawsuits to strike the measure down on First Amendment grounds, the Christian and conservative communities quickly applauded the move. President Obama with Secretary of Health...
  • Ted Deutch wants to stifle free speech

    05/21/2012 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 16 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/21/2012 | John R. Smith
    Ted Deutch has passed the point of merely being wobbly on business issues. The Florida congressman is now firmly entrenched in the anti-business ranks of the Beltway. Deutch crossed the line when he introduced a bill in the U.S House to silence the financial voice of American business in our elections process. He is proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning businesses, and political groups created by businesses, from contributing money to political candidates at the federal, state and local levels. Deutch would also forbid spending money to influence the outcome of ballot issues. He believes that businesses should...
  • First Amendment Right to Record the Police Performing Their Duties in Public

    05/19/2012 6:26:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 17 May , 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The U.S. Justice Department opined May 14 that the First Amendment does secure such a right, reaffirming a January letter that I had missed. “Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties,” the letter reasons, “is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers.” The letter, addressed to the Baltimore Police Department based on the Department’s past interference with such recording, is consistent with the Seventh Circuit’s May 8 decision in ACLU v. Alvarez (which it doesn’t cite) and the First Circuit’s decision in Glik v....
  • Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 - FY2012 NDAA [Blocking indefinite detention of US citizens]

    05/16/2012 7:03:24 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    Lawfare ^ | May 16, 2012 | By Steve Vladeck
    Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs’ First and Fifth Amendment rights. There’s a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a “reaffirmation” of the AUMF), but I haven’t had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have...
  • Florida nabs white supremacists planning "race war."

    05/09/2012 1:33:26 PM PDT · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit. "The American Front (AF) is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the affidavit said.
  • Black Bloc Occupiers Turn Violent Against Photographers

    05/07/2012 6:32:35 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | May 07, 2012 | PETAPIXEL
    On May 2nd, news started coming in that the previous day’s MayDay Occupy protests in New York had turned violent towards photographers. At first, people viewed the assaults as unplanned, isolated incidents; but since the attacks took place, a piece on Anarchist News has been released to set the record straight: photographers, apparently, are the enemy.
  • Brokaw: White House Correspondents' dinner hurting the press

    05/07/2012 8:39:29 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2012 | David Eldridge
    Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw said Sunday that the glitzy annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner is damaging the perception of the press among the American public. "It's time to rethink that," the longtime newsman said Sunday in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said the annual black-tie affair, which features Washington reporters and editors drinking, joking and partying with Hollywood stars and the city's top lawmakers -- including the president -- is contributing to the public's mistrust of the media. snip... "That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people...
  • Who should decide who’s fit to publish? Government? Politicians?

    05/03/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    We’re never more than a step or two from tyranny. And the inclination to be tyrannical is buried not so deep beneath the surface even in the best of us. Who hasn’t longed to shut someone else up because the other’s message is so, take your pick, offensive, stupid, wrong, different, harmful, or even, correct? There’s much that’s wrong with journalism, and we spend a good bit of our day saying so, and pointing out its failings, particularly when those failing originate from the other end of the ideological spectrum. But what’s worse . . .
  • Abridged: The First Amendment Is Now a Felonious Criminal Act *Video*

    05/01/2012 4:18:44 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 10 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | 5/1/2012 | Mac Slavo
    As Congressional representatives overwhelming approved the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act in February of this year, few Americans were paying attention. When President Obama signed the Act into law, he did so in secret, without any of the fanfare that came with his signing of universal health care two years prior – and for good reason. This is one of those laws the government doesn’t want you to know exists until it’s too late to do anything about it. For many, awareness of the existence of the new law will only become apparent when they are arrested and...