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  • Salem ends Gordon Colleges use of town hall Cites schools policy on gays

    07/11/2014 12:22:36 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    boston globe ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matt Rocheleau
    Salem officials declared Wednesday they will end a contract allowing Gordon College to use the city-owned Old Town Hall because of the Christian schools opposition to expected federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who also cited the colleges longstanding policies prohibiting gay activities among students, said Gordons policies violate a city ordinance prohibiting Salem from contracting with entities that discriminate. But she said it would be even more troubling to have the city do business with an institution that enables, and now advocates for, discrimination against the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community... The colleges website...
  • US Gov't Data Requests Soaring, Google Says

    11/22/2013 7:54:49 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 3 replies
    http://www.infopackets.com ^ | 11/18/2013 | Brandon Dimmel
    Google says it's facing a rapidly increasing number of data requests from national governments, and particularly the United States government... Google says that, in the six-month period between January and June 2013, the United States government made almost 11,000 requests for information related to Google's users.... Overall, this means Google faced twice as many data requests between January and June 2013 than it did over the same period last year. Google added that this remarkable total "only include[s] the requests we're allowed to publish." Google says that, in most cases where data was requested, it handed over the information. That...
  • Grocery Store Owner Ordered to Pay Unemployment Benefits Over Unacceptable Biblical Counseling

    Grocery Store Owner Ordered to Pay Unemployment Benefits Over Unacceptable Biblical Counseling TABOR, IA A grocery store owner in Iowa has been ordered to pay unemployment benefits to a former employee who quit her job after she was questioned about her personal lifestyle and exhorted to read the Bible.Tyler Stille owns Tabor Market and Deli and is known for his strong Christian beliefs. He told reporters this week that he is up front with prospective employees about his faith before they are hired.We have a Christian fish symbol on our sign, Stille explained. Before we hire anybody, we tell...
  • IRS Sued for Lax Response to Church Politicking

    11/17/2012 6:37:21 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    CBNNews.com ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | CBNNews.com
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over its lax response to church politicking. The group argues that the tax agency is violating the Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns. The suit points to several examples, including a full page newspaper ad by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The ad, which showed a photo of Rev. Billy Graham, urged Americans to vote along biblical principles. The 94-year-old evangelist also met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in October and promised to do all he...
  • Mainstream media is threatening our country's future

    10/01/2012 11:13:15 AM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 60 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/01/2012 | Patrick Caddell
    I think were at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not. You know, when I first started in politics and for a long time before that everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were SOBs to everybody. Which is exactly what they should be. They were unrelenting. Whatever the biases were, they were essentially equal-opportunity people. That changed in 1980. There are a lot of reasons...
  • Just read the words: Separation of Church and State works two ways

    01/31/2012 6:03:37 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 37 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/31/2012 | Paul Greenberg
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." --The First Amendment Constitution of the United States The words are old, the First Amendment having been adopted in 1791 along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. But even today, whenever they're read, the effect is the same. The heart beats just a little faster. There is a majesty about those words, not...
  • Supreme Court Case Offers Protection for Pastors Sermons

    01/29/2012 11:50:20 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 8 replies
    speakupmovement.org ^ | January 16th, 2012 | Vivienne Foley, CNN
    In a court decision from 1990 called Employment Division v. Smith, the Court allowed the government greater latitude to restrict the free exercise of religion. The Court held in Smith that if a law was neutral as to religion and if it was generally applicable to all people, then the government was allowed to burden the free exercise of religion. The Smith case marked a drastic departure from the Supreme Courts earlier precedents which uniformly held that any law, even if that law was neutral and generally applicable, could not burden the free exercise of religion unless the law was...
  • In-your-face atheists attempting new marketing strategy

    12/12/2011 12:41:21 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/12/2012 | Dianna M. Nanez
    Freddie Schineller is a hip-looking math professor with a salt-and-pepper goatee. His artist wife, Holly, has long blond hair and stays home to take care of their four kids, ages 8-12. The middle-class family lives in a modest Tempe home full of lots of love, noise and pets, including two dogs and a python named Monty. Their bookshelves hold works by Plato, Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka, as well as the Book of Mormon and a Bible. But Holly and Freddie don't believe in G0d. And, earlier this year, they decided it was time to "come out of the closet"...
  • Which Document is the Best Defender of American Freedoms - The US Constitution or the Bible?

    04/30/2011 10:00:22 AM PDT · by pinochet · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The American founding father and second President, John Adams, said that "The American Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other". Some foreign countries have tried adopting the US Constitution to govern their nations, but the process has been a disastrous failure. This is because those nations were not founded on bibilical Christianity. When you reflect on it, the idea of the First Ammendment is potentially dangerous. It gives everyone the right to shout the F-word in public, in the presence of children. The second ammendment provides even...
  • Sharia Compliance in Dearborn, Mich. Sharia Compliance in Dearborn, Mich.

    04/27/2011 5:56:17 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Jewish Workd Review ^ | 4/27/2011 | Cal Thomas
    The RINO (reverend in name only) Terry Jones is like his fellow RINO, Fred Phelps, but in political drag. Jones, the "pastor" (PINO?) of the tiny and inconsequential Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., was jailed last week in Dearborn, Mich., "following a jury trial that found he was likely to create a 'breach of the peace' for plans to protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn," according to the Detroit News. Jones and his associate Wayne Sapp were taken into custody after they refused to post a $1 "peace bond." A judge then barred Jones and...
  • Feds' request: Let us take on jail that bans all books except the Bible

    04/14/2011 5:46:34 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    Jewish Workd Review ^ | 4/14/2011 | Warren Richey
    The US Justice Department is asking a federal judge in South Carolina to allow it to intervene in a lawsuit against a sheriff who allegedly forbids prisoners in his jail from receiving books, magazines, or printed materials other than copies of the King James version of the Bible.
  • Lindsey Graham want to make burning Koran illegal

    04/04/2011 7:15:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 120 replies
    American Conservative Values ^ | 3 April 2011 | Cato Uticensis
    In response to quack preacher Terry Jones burning the Koran, Senator Lindsey Graham wants to put limits on free speech. Perhaps the RINO Senator from South Carolina knows this, but his ambition is unconstitutional and as a lawyer Lindsey Graham should know this. Lindsey Graham want to make the burning of the Koran illegal Politico reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a military lawyer, is the first member of Congress to say the legislature needs to explore the possibility, however unlikely, of limiting some kinds of free speech like Terry Jones Quran burning that help Americas enemies. I wish...
  • Syracuses Lords of Political Correctness Hunt Down Law Student Bloggers

    10/29/2010 5:29:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 28, 2010 | Robert Shipley
    Nobody forced Syracuse to build a giant building with the First Amendment emblazoned on the side. Having done so, however, one would think that the university would at least have the shame to try to live up to it. In the above photo, you’re looking at the front of the newest addition to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. It’s hard to imagine a more permanent salute to freedom of speech and the press than plastering the entire text of the First Amendment in 10-foot high letters across the enormous facade of one of your university’s...
  • Civility and the Constitution (The REAL Conservative Position on Book Burning)

    09/10/2010 2:10:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 127 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 9.10.10 | Andrew Cline
    I remember growing up in a conservative movement that, reacting to the rampant permissiveness of the 1960s and '70s, stressed the virtue of civility. Sure, you have the right to flagrantly offend your neighbors and your community. But should you? Conservatism used to answer "no." It was one of the cultural demarcations between the right and the left. If you were on the right, you generally thought it unacceptable to excuse boorish behavior with the utterance, "but it's my constitutional right!" Conservatives understood that self-restraint reduced the pressure for government-imposed restraint. We understood that with our civil rights came civic...
  • Man Who Posted Anti-Islamic Fliers Won't Be Fined (MN)

    08/27/2010 8:18:54 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/27/10 | AP
    A Waite Park man won't have to pay fines for hanging anti-Islamic posters on utility poles in St. Clou An administrative hearing officer on Friday dismissed two $100 citations against Sidney Elyea. He ruled that St. Cloud selectively prosecuted him for violating an ordinance against posting materials on utility poles. The ruling by Russell Cherne said the city has never issued a citation in hundreds of previous violations of the ordinance, typically for lost pet or garage sale signs. The city has usually issued cease-and-desist orders instead, and Elyea will get one.
  • Anti-Muslim cartoons spark meeting in St. Cloud (MN)

    01/25/2010 7:12:39 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 704+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/25/10 | CAROLYN MANN
    A St. Cloud town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday invites people of all faiths and backgrounds to discuss a recent anti-Muslim incident in the city. The meeting will give citizens a chance to talk with community leaders about concerns they may have, said Taneeza Islam, the civil rights director for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), one of more than a dozen organizations sponsoring the event. "There's a lot of interest," said Lori Saroya, chairwoman of CAIR-MN, who said the meeting was moved to the St. Cloud City Council chambers where there is more seating....
  • Teacher With Bible Divides Ohio Town

    01/20/2010 4:35:58 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 23 replies · 741+ views
    New York times ^ | January 20, 2010 | IAN URBINA
    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio Most people in this quiet all-American town describe themselves as devoutly Christian, but even here they are deeply divided over what should happen to John Freshwater. Mr. Freshwater, an eighth-grade public school science teacher, is accused of burning a cross onto the arms of at least two students and teaching creationism, charges he says have been fabricated because he refused an order by his principal to remove a Bible from his desk. To some, Mr. Freshwater is a hero unfairly punished for standing up for his Christian beliefs. To others, he is a zealot who pushed...
  • Obama's FCC Diversity Czar Wants to Destroy Free Speech

    08/31/2009 10:04:23 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 1,020+ views
    IBD/The Lid ^ | 9/1/09 | The Lid
    The threat to free speech on radio will not come through the "fairness doctrine." The threat comes from Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the FCC.Lloyd, a disciple of Saul Alinsky and fan of Hugo Chavez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity "czar" says Venezuela is an example we should follow. Loyd has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees up to an amount equal to their total operating costs to fund Public Broadcasting. Lloyd wants to upgrade and revamp the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through...
  • Chinese Top Online Media Reports MICHAEL SAVAGE Banned From U.K. (Translation)

    05/07/2009 8:36:17 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 32 replies · 2,540+ views
    The People (Communist Party Run Website, China) ^ | 8 May 2009 | The People (China, original in Chinese)
    This thing is going global (rough FR translation since original site is only in Chinese): Major Chinese website, seen by millions, is running the story.人民网5月6日讯 据美国有线电视新闻网报道,英国政府日前公布了一份22人的“不受欢迎者”名单,其中白人至上主义者,伊斯兰神职人员,一名堪萨斯州神父以及美国脱口秀主持人均因“煽动仇恨”榜上有名。 ("According to British Press reports, the UK government has made a prohibition of 22 people to enter the country, among them are white supremicists, fundamentalist Islamists, an extremist preachers, but also a famous American talk show host.")   英国内政部表示他们将至少在数月内拒绝这些人入境。内政部仅公布了其中16名“上榜”人士的信息,然而他们拒绝透露其他六人的姓名。 ("This is a report by the Home Ministry which prohibits certain people from entering British territory. 16 of the names were made public, but 6 names were not made public.")   在这份名单中最被人熟知的莫过于美国脱口秀主持人Michael Savage,其本名Michael Alan Wiener赫然在名单之列。他的电台脱口秀全美排名第三,这位主持人以他反对堕胎,反对同性恋婚姻,反对移民的观点备受争议。("A famous...
  • Tenn. school censors God Bless the USA, In God We Trust

    03/04/2009 6:39:08 AM PST · by Sopater · 18 replies · 639+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2009 2:12 PM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of parents and students at Lakeview Elementary School in Wilson County after school officials ordered God Bless the USA, In God We Trust, and other phrases referencing God and prayer to be covered up on posters before they could be displayed in the schools hallways. The posters were hand-drawn by students and their families to announce See You at the Pole, a voluntary, student-led prayer event held outside of class time. Christian students shouldnt be censored for expressing their beliefs, said ADF Senior Counsel Nate...
  • Obamas Assault on the First Amendment

    10/01/2008 10:14:47 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 677+ views
    article.nationalreview.com ^ | October 1, 2008 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Obamas Assault on the First Amendment Stifling political debate with threats of prosecution is not the rule of law its tyranny. By Andrew C. McCarthy In London last week, a frightful warning was sounded about encroaching tyranny. At an important conference, speaker after impassioned speaker warned of the peril to Western values posed by freedom-devouring sharia the Islamic legal code. Like all tyrannies, sharias first target is speech: Suppress all examination of Muslim radicalism by threats of prosecution and libel actions, and smugly call it the rule of law. But we may already be further gone than the...
  • The Democrat Party Will Take Away Religious Freedom

    10/01/2008 9:07:57 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 14 replies · 722+ views
    cosmos-liturgy-sex.com ^ | September 30, 2008 | Hierothee
    The Democrat Party Will Take Away Religious Freedom Filed under: Uncategorized Hierothee @ 11:09 pm Lifesite News has published an important article about a new program in Quebec that will impose a relativist educational agenda on all schools in the province, public and private, as well as on all homeschoolers. The program is entitled Ethics and Religious Culture, and it will be mandated from grade one until the end of high school. Here are some features of the program: 1) it presents homosexual marriage as a laudable lifestyle choice; 2) it presents all religions as equal, because equally the...
  • Watchdog Web Site Draws Legal Threats from Scientologists, Mormons

    06/19/2008 6:43:30 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 108 replies · 127+ views
    Fox News ^ | 18 June 08 | Michael Park
    A scrappy Web site that's built a reputation for taking on Goliath-sized corporate and government corruption is now fighting a holy war over copyright infringement. Wikileaks.org a watchdog Web site that leaks corporate and government documents hasn't officially launched, yet it has already uncovered human-rights violations in China, claimed to have swayed Kenya's Dec. 2007 elections and exposed the inner workings of the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. So many were surprised when it recently turned its sights on two lawyer-heavy religious groups: the Mormons and the Scientologists. The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City
  • Go figure (Specter, Plame, Wilson having lunch)

    12/05/2006 11:07:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,344+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 11-29-06
    Inside the Beltway "Very odd," says our source. "They sat at a table in the back." Referring to the intriguing trio of Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, and his wife, Valerie Plame, of CIA-leak fame,
  • Hey! FR. Veronica and I were Quoted in VARIETY!!!

    07/31/2006 4:43:47 PM PDT · by Hildy · 793 replies · 11,294+ views
    VARIETY ^ | July 31, 2006 | Hildy
    On Saturday, Gibson released a statement apologizing: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the L.A. County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am...
  • Southern California High School Sued for Silencing Student on Issue of Illegal Immigration

    06/03/2006 8:19:21 PM PDT · by LostInTheWoods · 24 replies · 1,404+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 2nd, 2006
    Southern California High School Sued for Silencing Student on Issue of Illegal Immigration To: National Desk Contact: Richard D. Ackerman, Esq., Lively, Ackerman & Cowles, 951-308-6454, 951-258-5456 cell RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- The public interest firm of Lively, Ackerman & Cowles filed suit on behalf of Jurupa Valley High School student Joshua Denhalter on Thursday afternoon. The First Amendment suit alleges that the public high school has intentionally interfered with his right to speak out on the issue of illegal immigration. Mr. Denhalter alleges that on March 27, 2006, dozens of high school students, mostly of Mexican-American...
  • Students Who Want To Fly American Flags Walk Out

    03/31/2006 1:57:51 PM PST · by Millee · 190 replies · 4,070+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | 3/31/06 | Staff
    More than two dozen students walked out of Skyline High School Friday morning to protest what they say is a ban that doesn't allow the American flag to be flown on school grounds. Several students said that they were upset that Mexican flags can be waved around but that American flags couldn't. They said that school officials confiscated their American flags because it has become inflammatory because of recent immigration issues. "When the immigration laws came out we noticed that a lot of Hispanics were waving Mexican flags and what we were thinking to ourselves is like, isn't the immigration...
  • FEC raises the stakes for blog bill

    03/15/2006 6:44:41 PM PST · by Jean S · 22 replies · 824+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/16/06 | Elana Schor
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday postponed a controversial decision on subjecting Internet political speech to campaign-finance regulations, raising the stakes for todays scheduled House vote on a bill that exempts all blogs, Web ads and other online communications. The heated debate over a proposal by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to exclude online content from the public communications covered by campaign-finance law has engulfed every corner of the political world, splitting both Democrats and Republicans and pitting mainstream editorial boards against left- and right-wing bloggers.The House Rules Committee scheduled a meeting late yesterday to determine the ground rules for debate...
  • Saving Our Free Political Speech on the Internet

    03/15/2006 3:26:14 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 229+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/15/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    Congress is attempting to regulate our free political speech on the internet! We MUST rise to stop this attempt. But there is a bill pending that would make our political speech protected, just as the Founders of this country intended. But it isn't going to happen by osmosis. WE must raise our voices. This from RedState Blog, who is helping to spearhead this issue from the center right in the blogoshere. __________ Friends, We've been working for a long time on HR 1606 - The Online Freedom of Speech Act. It will come up for a vote on the floor...
  • Scampaign Finance

    06/12/2005 9:45:17 AM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 20 replies · 985+ views
    America's First Freedom ^ | June 2005 | Wayne LaPierre
    Sean Treglia, a former high-ranking operative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a foundation worth more than $4 billion, last year openly admitted that passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance lawwhich bans political free speech in the 60 days leading up to an electionwas engineered, planned, funded and executed by several lavishly wealthy, anti-gun foundations. In other words, it was not a grassroots movement of people throughout the country. It was a big scam. A fraud. A con job. Or, to be more exact, a midnight assassination hit on Americas First Amendment. In an explosive videotape obtained by the New York...
  • Educating the University (Recognizing and fighting repression on campus)

    06/01/2005 6:52:04 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 12 replies · 434+ views
    Hoover Institution Policy Review ^ | 5/31/05 | Peter Berkowitz
    Donald Alexander Downs. Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus. Cambridge University Press. 318 pages. $28.99Our universities are ailing. Many, including most of our elite universities, have abandoned the notion that a liberal arts education is constituted by a solid core, that is, a basic knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that all educated people should possess. Furthermore, for all their earnest words about the beauty and necessity of multicultural education, university administrators and faculty preside over a curriculum that routinely permits students to graduate without acquiring reading, writing, and speaking fluency in any foreign language, let...
  • FEC treads into sticky web of political blogs

    05/31/2005 9:25:27 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 32 replies · 723+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 31, 2005 | Dawn Withers
    <p>Web loggers, who pride themselves on freewheeling political activism, might face new federal rules on candidate endorsements, online fundraising and political ads, though bloggers who don't take money from political groups would not be affected.</p> <p>Draft rules from the Federal Election Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, would require that paid political advertisements on the Internet declare who funded the ad, as television spots do.</p>
  • Judicial Tyranny

    05/19/2005 4:53:10 AM PDT · by TrailofTears · 218+ views
    none ^ | 5-19-05 | Trailtrs1
    Judges must be criticized. We must not move to a society that limits the criticism of tyrannical judges. We must foster criticism of these tyrants.
  • Key lawmaker calls for criminalizing TV indecency

    04/05/2005 7:39:07 AM PDT · by tiggs · 20 replies · 518+ views
    Netscape News ^ | Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
    Key lawmaker calls for criminalizing TV indecency SAN FRANCISCO (Hollywood Reporter) - The chairman of one of the entertainment industry's most important congressional committees says he wants to take the enforcement of broadcast decency standards into the realm of criminal prosecution. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner III, R-Wis., told cable industry executives attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. conference here on Monday that criminal prosecution would be a more efficient way to enforce the indecency regulations. "I'd prefer using the criminal process rather than the regulatory process," Sensenbrenner told the executives. The current system -- in which the FCC fines...
  • Court spares killer over jury's use of Bible

    03/28/2005 12:36:05 PM PST · by Sola Veritas · 246 replies · 3,350+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 28, 2005 | Unknown
    Condemned man gets life in prison for killing waitress Updated: 2:47 p.m. ET March 28, 2005 DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death sentence Monday of a man convicted of raping and killing a cocktail waitress because jurors consulted the Bible during deliberations. The court said Bible passages, including the verse that commands an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, could lead jurors to vote for death. The justices ordered Robert Harlan to serve life in prison without parole for the 1994 slaying of Rhonda Maloney. Harlans attorneys challenged the sentence after discovering five...
  • ACLU Changes Its Website After Being Caught Editing and Distorting the 1st Amendment

    01/26/2005 9:28:27 PM PST · by jonatron · 20 replies · 1,554+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Jan 24, 2005 | Chris Field
    On January 17, I posted a First Look column titled "The ACLU's Very Own Constitution." In it I commented upon an item that I had first been made aware of in a "Best of the Web" column by James Taranto of the Opinion Journal. The subject of my column was how the ACLU had distorted, edited, "censored" the 1st Amendment on its website in order to support its claim that the Framers considered the freedom of speech so important that they put it at the very tip-top of the Bill of Rights. But now the ACLU has changed its website...
  • Ten Congress Members Call For Boykins' Removal They Were Appalled By His Mention Of God

    09/04/2004 6:12:51 PM PDT · by hope · 46 replies · 2,091+ views
    Omega Letter Christian Intelligence Digest Ten Congress Members Call For Boykins' Removal They Were Appalled By His Mention Of GodCommentary on the NewsSaturday, September 04, 2004OL StaffTen members of Congress wrote a letter to President Bush stating that Lt. Gen. William Boykin should be dismissed as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. In case you don't remember, Boykin is the man in charge of hunting for Osama and was caught speaking to a church while in uniform. The letter states that Boykin has offended Muslims and he lacks objectivity. They seem to be overlooking the fact that it...
  • First Ammendment rights for soldiers?

    12/23/2004 8:53:47 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 6 replies · 225+ views
    www.hotchicken.com ^ | 12-23-04 | www.hotchicken.com
    My wife got an e-mail today from a friend who is a member of the B Company Warhawks of the California National Guard. The 'Hawks are getting ready to move into Iraq in the near future. They had a great little website going, but the California National Guard ordered them to take it down. I am more than a little bit peeved, because one of the goals of this site was to have the readers stand up and support these troops with something more than a bumper sticker. The warhawks had a wish list of item to make their life...
  • Free the Philadelphia 4

    12/20/2004 1:11:29 AM PST · by DirtyHarryY2K · 22 replies · 1,667+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 20, 2004 | Joseph Farah
    I'm amazed when seemingly intelligent people tell me they still think the American Civil Liberties Union is a group that fights for First Amendment freedoms no matter whose ox is being gored. If that's the case, why is the ACLU not filing amicus briefs in Philadelphia where four Christians are facing 47 years in jail for expressing their free-speech rights? That's right. Four Christians are facing 47 years in prison for peacefully quoting the Bible, an action an unglued local prosecutor determined to be "fighting words" when cited among homosexual activists. It all started Oct. 10, when a total of...
  • Carols OKd on school buses

    12/09/2004 6:10:16 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 6 replies · 266+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2004 | Barbara Bell
    Christmas carols and other kinds of music will again be played on a Gurnee-area school district's buses after a short-lived ban gave new meaning to the "Silent Night" season. At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Woodland School District 50 board told Supt. Dennis Conti to allow radio music on the buses again. The decision brought applause from audience members, who had packed the board room. Some began singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Conti said he was disappointed that the board did not support his ban, which he contended was a matter of safety, not Christmas music. Sandra...
  • First Brown Book Victim - Swift Vet Al French Suspended

    08/27/2004 7:11:15 AM PDT · by igoramus987 · 136 replies · 14,056+ views
    KVAL-TV ^ | August 27, 2004 | Al French
    French Suspended By Nick Voll (August 27, 2004) Oregon City - The Clackamas County Prosecutor who appeared in an ad against John Kerry has been suspended from his job, but not for speaking out. Al French has been the target of local protests after his appearance in a political ad questioning the the Democratic candidate's war record. On Thursday he was placed on leave by the Clackamas County District Attorney's office. It wasn't for his statements against Kerry, but for lying about an extra-marital affair. Reports say French misled his former boss ten years ago to avoid getting fired. French...
  • BREAKING HARD: So Much for Free Speech

    08/25/2004 3:56:55 PM PDT · by walden · 44 replies · 1,411+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/25/04 | Robert Samuelson
    So Much for Free Speech By Robert J. Samuelson Wednesday, August 25, 2004; Page A17 The presidential campaign has confirmed that, under the guise of "campaign finance reform," Congress and the Supreme Court have repealed large parts of the First Amendment. They have simply discarded what were once considered constitutional rights of free speech and political association. It is not that these rights have vanished. But they are no longer constitutional guarantees. They're governed by limits and qualifications imposed by Congress, the courts, state legislatures, regulatory agencies -- and lawyers' interpretations of all of the above. We have entered an...
  • Gag Orders (Our two parties say democracy would be better off if you would shut up)

    08/23/2004 9:30:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 694+ views
    American Spectator/American Prowler ^ | 8/24/2004 | George Neumayr
    The Founding Fathers established the First Amendment to protect two forms of speech: political and religious. Yet in a typically perverse irony of our time, these blameless exercises of the First Amendment are regarded as "shocking" violations of it while a growing culture of obscenity not protected by the framers receives its imprimatur. Daily we're told of sinister "outside groups" churning out...political speech. "Outside groups" is treated as a discussion-ending epithet by both the Bush and Kerry camps. Why the existence of independent groups should strike fear into the hearts of Americans is never explained. Is the United States of...
  • Kerry responds to latest ad

    08/20/2004 3:24:39 PM PDT · by Smogger · 292 replies · 13,399+ views
    Newswire ^ | 8/20/2004 | Kerry Camp
    8/20/2004 5:16:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Political Reporter Contact: Chad Clanton or Phil Singer, both of Kerry-Edwards 2004, 202-464-2800; Web: http://www.johnkerry.com WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Kerry-Edwards campaign spokesman Chad Clanton released the following statement today about the new Swift Boat Veterans for Bush ad: "This is another ad from a front group funded by Bush allies that is trying to smear John Kerry. The newest ad takes Kerry's testimony out of context, editing what he said to distort the facts. He testified as a 27 year-old Vietnam veteran. He opposed a war that, at that point, cost...
  • Anti-Abortion Ads Will Be Illegal (What First Amendment?)

    08/12/2004 12:45:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 1,295+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2004
    CHICAGO The anti-abortion group Wisconsin Right to Life) is airing a TV spot and radio ads about blocked judicial nominees aimed at Wisconsin Democratic Sens. Russ Feingold and Herbert Kohl. But come this weekend, the ad campaign will be illegal because of whom it's targeting.
  • Conservative blog targeted for "removal" by liberal AARP activists

    08/10/2004 6:50:55 AM PDT · by Jeff Blogworthy · 22 replies · 1,424+ views
    JeffBlogworthy.com ^ | 8-10-2004 | Jeff Blogworthy.com
    Rogue AARP members are targeting a web site with the address JeffBlogworthy.com for "removal". The attack is an allegory of what has been happening to the Bush administration in recent months. The AARP liberals pulled out the standard playbook: 1)Ignore the facts 2)Demagogue opponents 3)Silence dissent 4)Distort the truth 5)Make threats 6)Wallow in willful ignorance Here is the post content detailing the complaint: Bush Blog site caught in lie & deceptionIt has been a great day I started the first step in removing a RNC blog site that uses typical Bush Mafia Tactics, and uses lies, deception. While using Google,...
  • Kerry/Edwards lawyers warn TV stations over Swift Boat ad

    08/05/2004 12:01:48 PM PDT · by mcg1969 · 758 replies · 28,068+ views
    Rush ^ | August 5, 2004 | unknown
    In Rush's closing segment he said that he just received a story or document saying that lawyers for both the Kerry and Edwards teams were sending out letters to TV stations warning them about showing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement!
  • Media Take Bryant Ruling to Supreme Court

    07/22/2004 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Hawk44 · 3 replies · 261+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 07/22/2004 | Jon Sarche
    DENVER - Media organizations have asked the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) to intervene in their fight to publicize details from closed-door hearings in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. Attorneys for the media groups, which include The Associated Press, challenged a trial judge's ruling, which was upheld this week by the Colorado Supreme Court. The groups on Wednesday asked the high court to stay that ruling. The filing was confirmed by an AP attorney, Dave Tomlin. The media groups asked Justice Stephen Breyer (news - web sites) to put the ruling on hold pending a formal appeal...
  • Student sues over ban of anti-gay T-shirt

    06/10/2004 1:54:25 PM PDT · by Lisa in EC · 16 replies · 256+ views
    san diego union tribune ^ | 6/7/04 | LAURA EMBRY
    Christian's message worn at Poway High By Blanca Gonzalez UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER June 4, 2004 LAURA EMBRY / Union-Tribune Robert Tyler (left) is helping sophomore Tyler Chase Harper sue the Poway school district for allegedly violating the student's civil rights. POWAY Tyler Chase Harper is a good student and athlete who likes to surf and has never been in trouble at school. He is also a Christian who believes homosexuality is wrong, and he's suing the Poway Unified School District over a T-shirt proclaiming his beliefs. "I was appalled that my school would take such a controversial issue and...
  • No Smoking in Movies?

    05/13/2004 6:42:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 627+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/13/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON Chief movie lobbyist Jack Valenti defended smoking in Hollywood films, but senators insisted the industry must do more to stop the practice. "I don't believe that whatever the director does ought to incite the intervention of the government in any form," Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, told a Senate Commerce Committee hearing yesterday. "I've got to tell you I believe it is his right to tell the story as he chooses to tell it." Some lawmakers were dissatisfied by his answers. A study last year found that teens who watch movies with smoking in...