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  • Iran, Cuba force out the most journalists: survey

    06/21/2011 10:42:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | June 21, 2011
    Iran and Cuba together have forced more journalists into exile over the past year than all other countries combined, a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. "Nearly 70 journalists were forced into exile over the past 12 months, with more than half coming from Iran and Cuba, two of the world's most repressive nations," the report said. "Iran, which has waged a massive, two-year-long crackdown on the independent press, and Cuba, which freed journalists from prison only to force them to leave their homeland, each sent 18 journalists into exile," it said. The survey said most --...
  • Protecting Free Speech

    06/11/2011 8:59:17 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies
    Protecting Free Speech By Ari Bussel The expression “ugly” or “naked” truth hits one squarely in the face. No makeup, costumes or other tricks of the trade, just plain, exposed reality. One we often do not like when we see it. Many times it takes a child, someone naďve, unbiased and innocent, to expose things as they really are, not the way we were grown accustomed to see them. Without any pretense or illusion, without lighting or sound effects, the child declares, “Naked is the King,” and we are astonished at the simple truth we see for the very first...
  • Jilted ex-boyfriend puts up abortion billboard

    06/07/2011 3:14:51 AM PDT · by SouthernClaire · 49 replies
    Dispute has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights
  • WATCH: Students Who "Support" Free Speech Want to Ban Conservatives From Radio and TV

    05/20/2011 2:13:17 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 12 replies
    MRC TV (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 5/20/2011 | Stephen G.
    The folks at ExposingLiberals.com set out recently to answer the age old question "can you support free speech and a ban on conservatives on the radio". The answer for many of the college students they talked to was apparently yes.
  • Where Are the Human Rights Groups? Where Are the Media?

    05/14/2011 1:21:52 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | May 13, 2011 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Assaults on writers and journalists in the Arab world are not uncommon, but the case of the Yemeni poet who just had his tongue cut out appears to be one of the most horrifying crimes against those who dare to express their views in public. The poet, Walid al-Ramishi, was kidnapped by armed gangsters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The kidnappers released him after they had cut out his tongue. Al-Ramishi is now being treated in a Jordanian hospital, where doctors say he would not be able to talk again. His alleged crime: he had written a poem in...
  • Upstate New York man says sign pointing to mosque stating 'BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY' stays

    05/11/2011 2:16:53 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 18 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | May 11, 2011 | Larry McShane
    An angry upstate New York man says there's not a prayer that he'll remove a nasty sign prompted by a feud with the mosque next door. "BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY," reads the stenciled message on the front lawn of Michael Heick. The message outraged many residents of Amherst, a Buffalo suburb where Heick is upset by the Jaffarya Center's proximity to his property and its bright lights. The sign is more a poke at town officials than a political statement, he insisted. And local authorities can't order him to take it down, because the message is protected by the First...
  • A Crash Course in Free Speech

    04/28/2011 8:39:38 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-28-11 | Zazu
    In a travesty of justice, Florida’s Pastor Jones was put on trial in last week in Dearborn Michigan, he was found guilty of threatening to protest in front of a mosque (possibly burning a Koran in the process). He was ordered to pay a 1$ dollar bond fee, and is prohibited from approaching the mosque for 3 years, when he refused to pay the fee he was jailed. This decision by six jurors and a judge (who I assume went to law school at some point) exposes the complete Constitutional illiteracy of our populace and even judiciary. Here are three...
  • UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed Against LePage Over Mural ["Just like Christie, he makes them all pissy"]

    04/01/2011 9:07:54 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies
    WMTW ^ | 7:49 pm EDT April 1, 2011 | Staff
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Paul LePage is facing more opposition to the removal of murals from the Maine Department of Labor, this time in the form of a lawsuit. It was filed late Friday afternoon. Attorney Jeff Young filing the lawsuit against LePage; Laura Boyette, acting commissioner, Maine Department of Labor and Joseph Phillips, director of the Maine State Museum. The mural was removed from the Maine Department of Labor's Augusta office in late March. It is being stored in a building off Route 27 in Augusta that is being rented by the state. LePage had ordered the mural be...
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:41 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 5 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Constitutional Fail: 7 Ways the Left Abuses the First Amendment

    03/21/2011 10:12:14 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 20, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    It is perhaps the most renowned sample of law in the Western world, the first of ten amendments anti-federalists insisted upon adding to the Constitution. It’s purpose has been bemoaned by the sitting president of the United States. …the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you. But it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. Despite the First Amendment’s intended purpose of prohibiting federal encroachment upon individual rights, the Left has masterfully twisted its guarantees...
  • Judge: Media must reveal IDs of online posters

    03/06/2011 9:33:44 AM PST · by digger48 · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 6, 2011
    INDIANAPOLIS — A judge in a defamation case has ordered news media outlets in Indianapolis to reveal information that could help identify people who posted disparaging comments about an official on their online forums. An Indiana journalism shield law that protects reporters from having to reveal their sources doesn't protect web sites from being forced to disclose who made anonymous posts, Marion Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid ruled. Reid held that The Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal must provide names or other information that would help Jeffrey Miller, the former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana,...
  • You Can't Say That

    10/09/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 605+ views
    The Weeky Standard ^ | October 5, 2009 | Anne Bayefsky
    The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression. The newly-minted American policy was rolled out at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which ended in Geneva on Friday. American diplomats were there for the first time as full Council members and intent on making friends. President Obama chose to join the Council despite the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power and human rights abusers are among its lead actors, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia....
  • Geert Wilders: “All Over Europe, The Lights Are Slowly Going Out”

    02/08/2011 2:49:47 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 19 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Feb.8, 2011 | Lisa Graas
    Adherents.com reports that there are 4,200 religions in the world, 22 of which are considered to be “major world religions.” Imagine if it were illegal to criticize one of them. Imagine if that religion claimed 1.5 billion members and included a mandatory, oppressive political system along with the duty to wage continual war against those who will not submit to it. One does not have to imagine this if one lives in The Netherlands. Geert Wilders, a Dutch MP on trial for criticizing Islam, warns that “All over Europe, the lights are slowly going out” because “the ruling elites are...
  • “We must stand up and reclaim our ancient liberties.”

    02/06/2011 4:05:23 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 33 replies
    Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff ^ | 6 Feb 2011 | Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
    Below is the text of the speech given today in Luton by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff: Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here in Luton, the birthplace of the English Defence League. Native Lutonians are living at Ground Zero of the attempted Islamic takeover of England. Your resistance is an inspiration to everyone in the European Counterjihad. It is a privilege to have been invited to this historic event. As most of you know, I have been charged with hate speech in Austria, and my trial is currently underway. What were the charges against me? The original charge was “incitement...
  • Internet Kill Switch(controlled by Obama, exempt from judicial review) Act On Senate's Agenda

    01/25/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    TMCNet ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Tracey E. Schelmetic
    ...once again the topic of an executive branch-controlled "Internet kill switch" has reared its head in Washington, on the tech blogs and in the national media. The bill ... granted the President authority to shut down part of the Internet for an indefinite time. A later version of the bill reduced that time to 120 days, unless Congress approves an extension. A relatively new part of the bill that exempts the legislation from judicial review is once again firing up the bill's critics. According to CBS News, the revised version of the bill, introduced in December, includes new language saying...
  • Government control on our words

    01/20/2011 8:27:49 AM PST · by a jeffersonian · 2 replies
    Jeffersonian Eagles Nest ^ | 1/19/2011 | A Jeffersonian
    Free of speech comes with responsibilities and accountability however there needs be no revision of language construction or word ology changes purposely done so in order to keep citizens in an infant swaddling blanket. Citizens need understand, be hardened to life without crying out discrimination or inappropriateness. Shall we never use another analogy for fear inappropriate language when in fact the analogy correctly describes the situation? Where has the country gone, so far to the left, I fear it shall topple over in the weight of regulations and mandates. The Constitution called out as old, too old to rule our...
  • The Art of Infraction

    01/18/2011 6:53:02 PM PST · by LesDowrey
    Virtues and Values ^ | 1/18/2011 | Les Dowrey
    “Pick a card, any card.” A phrase no magician should leave home without. Think of the wonder and amazement you had the first time you saw an illusionist. How did they do that? Was it truly magic? However, the older you get, the more you realize that all that glitters is not gold, and the less magical those tricks suddenly become. After all, it was just a trick, just a sleight-of-hand movement. The magician used to be the master of the art of distraction, but unfortunately that is no longer the case. The new magicians work on Capitol Hill and...
  • How's About Shutting Up With All The Anger Management Talk?

    01/11/2011 9:03:23 PM PST · by JLWORK · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | January 11, 2011 | John L. Work
    In case you’ve missed it, there’s a lot of anger-management therapy talk going on about calming down the heated political oratory in this deeply divided nation. The reasoning behind the calls for muting our tongues is that the vocalized anger might cause people to commit crimes of violence. Balderdash, says I. Rightist Rush Limbaugh has been targeted for his hot political rhetoric. So has Michael Savage. But, here’s a heated analogy replete with a violent allusion from the current President, himself. I despise what he’s done to the country and I vehemently disagree with him and I’ll vote for the...
  • McCarthy readies gun control bill (Brady also has bill banning free speech)

    01/09/2011 6:20:10 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 238 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/9/10 | SHIRA TOEPLITZ
    One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday. McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train. Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a...
  • Why Thinking Government Should Exclude Religion is Wrong

    01/03/2011 4:44:56 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 19 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 1/3/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    I started to read over the weekend a new book by Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of systematic theology at Phoenix Seminary called Politics According to the Bible. In the first chapter he discusses five wrong views about Christians and government. One of those is the view that government should exclude religion. This is the view that is promoted by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
  • FCC to Vote on Internet Regulation Plan Despite Economic Warnings

    12/20/2010 3:06:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 46 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 20, 2010 | FoxNews.com
    Lawmakers are on high alert as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote on a plan to regulate the Internet despite warnings that it could choke industry investment and hurt the economy as a whole. The five-member commission plans to unveil, and vote on, the so-called "net neutrality" proposal on Tuesday.
  • ACLU - Where are You?

    12/13/2010 6:50:44 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | December 11, 2010 | Norma Zager
    ACLUhoo? by Norma Zager “Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression…” Gerard K. O'Neill, 2081
 Ari and I agree on most issues, and from time to time a lively “discussion” ensues on certain topics. One of these is the ACLU....
  • Another Reason for a Flat Tax: Freedom of Speech

    12/11/2010 1:57:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2010 | Monte Kuligowski
    During early periods of U.S. history, the country relied on tariffs on imported goods and taxes on internal goods to run the federal government.  The first income tax law was enacted to fund the Civil War.  At the end of the 19th century, the Supreme Court ruled that the income tax scheme unconstitutional, but by 1913 Congress had amended the Constitution, and now we have what we have. What we have is a convoluted mess of 71,684 pages of U.S. tax code, not including ObamaCare, which enlists the I.R.S. as one of its federal overseers. Daniel Mitchell of the...
  • Howard Dean: Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine Because Fox ‘Makes Stuff Up’ etc.

    11/30/2010 8:31:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2010 | Rusty Weiss
    An audio clip from about two months ago has been uncovered by The Blaze which clearly demonstrates that, even with all of his opining and public speaking skills, there is a reason that Howard Dean’s most notable quote will always remain a timelessly incoherent scream.  Despite being a one-word definition of ignorance, Dean doesn’t mind discussing how to control the media in an effort to educate what he considers to be the ignorant masses – Americans. What would he do about the media? “I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox Flooze, which...
  • Howard Dean Wants Govt To Pick Guests On FOX and MSNBC

    11/30/2010 6:56:53 AM PST · by Brittany Pounders · 16 replies
    http://blip.tv/file/4443596 ^ | November 30, 2010
    <p>Howard Dean begins by saying how important the First Amendment is and saying that it has served America well all of these years. And then, he completely negates that statement by saying, “But I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox flooze which makes stuff up and is a propaganda outlet, you would actually have to have some sanctioned human beings talk to the other side. And MSNBC would have to do the same- they would have to have conservatives on there too…”</p>
  • A Thanksgiving To Remember

    11/23/2010 2:48:33 PM PST · by Barry Secrest · 3 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | 11/2110 | Barry Secrest
    The favor recently bestowed upon the Conservative movement by the Democratic Party was nothing less than a Thanksgiving cornucopia of anti-Statist delights. While a large sector of the American Citizenry were outraged that Pelosi and Reid were somehow re-elected, Americans were even more amazed when they were then re-installed as the titular heads of the Democratic Party. To many outraged Americans and dedicated members of the Right, this was seen as nothing less than a sordid repeat of an abnormally grisly Halloween. But, in truth, the clueless denizens of the Democratic Party made what will ultimately be known as a...
  • FCC may regulate Internet lines days before Christmas

    11/20/2010 12:09:03 PM PST · by Artcore · 54 replies · 3+ views
    thehill.com ^ | November 19, 2010 | Sara Jerome
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a Christmas gift in store for the phone and cable industry: it may move ahead on its controversial net-neutrality regulations three days before Christmas. An FCC source confirmed on Friday that the commission plans to push its December meeting back by a week, meaning it will fall on the 22nd of the month. That's the same meeting in which analysts say the agency may move forward on its controversial net-neutrality proposal.
  • "Condom" - Madonna: Still Being Defended by Freedom Party

    11/14/2010 2:49:18 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/14/2010 | tancred
    The provocative exposition will be defended now as before by the Austrian Freedom Party. St. Pölten (kath.net) In connection with the "art exhibit" in the National House of Lower Austria, the FPO National Council, Walter Rosenkranz is making a statement to the State Attorney General of St. Polten. An Australian "artist" has put an oversized condom on a Marian statue and has covered it also with mock semen, which has till recently been on display at the Capital.
  • School Boy Told He Must Remove Flag From Bike

    11/12/2010 8:07:16 AM PST · by Brittany Pounders · 28 replies
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | November 12, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    This is absolutely infuriating and I can only imagine my reaction if I were the mother of this patriotic schoolboy. I do all I can to instill a love of God and country in my children. My 10 year old son is deeply patriotic and I would be enraged if his school reacted to his patriotism in this manner. DENAIR – 13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He’s had the flag on his bike for...
  • A Look At The Future Of America Inside A Ddutch Courtroom - Geert Wilders On Trial By Islam

    10/21/2010 7:23:06 AM PDT · by JLWORK · 4 replies
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | October 21, 2010 | John L. Work
    Freedom of speech, indeed freedom itself, is and has been under assault in Europe for some time now. The forces behind the campaign can be found within the World of Islam. Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders, an outspoken opponent of the ongoing Islamization of The Netherlands, is currently on trial for publicly voicing his political opinions about the totalitarian nature of Sharia (Muslim law) – and for producing a fifteen minutes long movie entitled Fitna. The graphic documentary draws bellicose verses from the Koran and depicts corresponding acts of violent jihad, including some footage of the 9/11 attacks. You can click...
  • Obama: Opposing Mosques Could be a Federal Crime

    10/18/2010 4:09:25 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 52 replies
    Logans Warning ^ | October 18Th, 2010 | Richard A. Serrano
    In the past Tennessee Lt. Governor has stated that we need to face the threat of Sharia Law in America, and hundreds of non-Muslims have come out in protest against this proposed Mosque. But none of that matters to Obama and his gang, as here they come to save the day and help advance a religion/ideology that clearly goes against the freedoms of America. I thought you guys were supposed to help the country, not hurt it.
  • November 30th Could Be the Day the Government Seizes Control of the Internet

    10/12/2010 3:04:44 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 12, 2010 | Seton Motley
    November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen. After two years of this Presidential Administration and this Congress, that is saying an awful lot about an awful lot. And what’s worse, the FCC would be doing it without Congress weighing in. At the FCC’s November meeting – note the coincidental date of choice, AFTER the impending election – three unelected bureaucrats (of five) could simply vote themselves rulers of 1/6th of our entire economy – the information and technology sector. Meaning the Internet that you currently...
  • Is Obama launching a new fall attack on Fox News?

    09/28/2010 11:05:59 PM PDT · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 30 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 28, 2010 | David Zurawik
    Last year at this time, President Obama and his top White House advisers were about to launch a disastrous campaign against Fox News. I say disastrous because the acting communications director, Anita Dunn, who sounded the call to arms on Howard Kurtz's "Reliable Sources" show would resign within weeks, and the president and his innermost circle after going on every major non-Fox news show to attack the highest-rated cable news channel as "not really being a news channel," were in full retreat.
  • Geert Wilders and the Koran on Trial

    09/28/2010 12:38:09 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | September 28, 2010
    In early October 2010, the Dutch Ministry of Justice will move ahead with the prosecution of Geert Wilders, a democratically elected member of Parliament who leads the most popular opposition party in the Netherlands. By now it is very clear to all those who followed the chronological development of this “kangaroo-type” prosecution that the Dutch government is not motivated by a quest for justice, but by an overzealous drive to silence what is politically incorrect to express in public, even if it is rooted in scientifically observed, measured, and validated facts. In other words, prosecutors have been instructed to sever...
  • Obama says Fox News 'destructive' for U.S. growth (Is Hussein going a bit bonkers?)

    09/28/2010 7:10:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 87 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 9/28/10 | Sheldon Alberts
    Obama says Fox News 'destructive' for U.S. growthBy Sheldon Alberts - Washington Correspondent, Postmedia News September 28, 2010 6:02 AM WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Fox News Network "ultimately destructive for the long-term growth" of the United States, reopening a long-running feud with the conservative cable network that has led the U.S. conservative media's opposition to his administration. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama accused Australian-born Rupert Murdoch, Fox's chairman and chief executive, of being more concerned about profits than the well-being of the United States. He also compared Murdoch to William Randolph Hearst, the...
  • Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

    09/25/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-25-10 | Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama
    Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's new memoir "Operation Dark Heart." Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon's purchase. "The whole...
  • The Orwellian DISCLOSE Act vote; Update: GOP holds the line, Harry Reid foiled again

    09/23/2010 4:16:27 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 8 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/23/2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Thanks to all of you who helped with Operation Buck Up Maine and phoned Sens. Snowe and Collins to hold the line against the special interest, speech-squelching DISCLOSE Act. The Senate is now voting on the do-over cloture motion. (It failed to muster 60 votes in July. Cloture vote 57-41.)
  • NJ Transit was right to can Koran-burning creep Derek Fenton, says Gov. Chris Christie

    09/16/2010 12:03:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 46 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.16.10 | Pete Donohue
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday backed the controversial firing of a transit worker who burned pages of the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero.NJTransit fired assistant train coordinator Derek Fenton Monday, just two days after he ripped pages from the Koran and torched them with a lighter on the ninth anniversary of 9/11."We're supportive of the action taken by NJTransit," Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told the Daily News.But one New Jersey state senator defended Fenton's constitutional right to free speech and criticized his firing.Fenton was not in uniform and apparently not on the clock when he...
  • Banned: pregnant nun ice cream ad campaign (London)

    09/15/2010 5:40:44 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 23 replies
    An ice cream company banned from using an advert showing a pregnant nun has vowed to defy regulators by placing similar posters along the route of the Pope's London visit. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced today it had banned the ad for the Antonio Federici brand for "making a mockery" of the beliefs of Roman Catholics. The advert, which appeared in The Lady and Grazia magazines earlier this year, showed the heavily pregnant nun standing in a church holding a tub of ice cream and a spoon, with text stating "Immaculately conceived" and "Ice cream is our religion". Ten...
  • Have you stopped questioning Obama’s faith yet?

    09/14/2010 6:52:00 AM PDT · by MarylousAmerica · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Marylou's America ^ | 9-13-10 | Marylou Barry
    On August 28, a CBN News article linked to a letter signed by 70 “Christian pastors,” including liberal “emergent church” speakers Brian McLaren and Jim Wallis, and TBN televangelist T.D. Jakes. Since then the list of online signatories has escalated into the hundreds. The function of the simple, four-paragraph mini-manifesto is to criticize those who dare voice uncertainty about Barack Obama’s religious beliefs. Its goal is to urge government-sanctioned media – and anyone else who might be listening – to deny skeptics equal opportunity to express their views in public.
  • Geert Wilders 9/11 Ground Zero Speech

    09/12/2010 12:15:09 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 09/12/10 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician under threat of death from radical Islamists, gave a speech yesterday at Ground Zero that all Americans should pay attention to. You can watch a video of it here. (see also: Islam Continues to Strengthen Geert Wilders' Case) The text is as follows: Dear friends, May I ask you to be silent for ten seconds? Just be silent and listen. Ten seconds. And listen... What we hear are the sounds of life in the greatest city on earth. No place in the world, no place in human history, is as richly varied and vibrant and...
  • Host company pulls plug on Florida pastor's website (so much for freedom of speech)

    The obscure Christian pastor who plans to mark the ninth anniversary of September 11 attacks by burning copies of the Koran has had his website pulled from the Internet, the hosting company said on Thursday. Dan Goodgame, a spokesman for popular web host Rackspace Hosting, said two websites operated by the Dove World Outreach Center, the tiny Gainesville, Florida church run by pastor Terry Jones, were shut down late on Wednesday.
  • What will happen IF Pastor Jones backs down? (Without anti-Constitutional gubmint intervention)

    09/09/2010 12:26:22 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 28 replies
    9-9-10
    I already know what is being predicted if Pastor Jones & Co. exercise their Constitutional rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion and burn the qurans in Florida: worldwide riots by 'disgruntled yutes', cars being set on fire, embassies attacked, burned, destroyed by those fervent members of "The Religion of Peace". Right. But what will be the consequences of Jones backing down, as Sarah Palin has asked on her Facebook page? Will that be the end of America's Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Religion? Will ANY dissent of Muslim/Islam be allowed (distasteful as we might find that dissent)?...
  • To Burn or Not to Burn the Koran (Global Backlash an Islamist Psyop?)

    09/09/2010 8:34:48 AM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, September 9, 2010 | Connie Hair
    U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley this week equated an obscure Florida pastor and his congregants who plan to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday with the Muslim terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001. “[T]here are a balance of interests here. But this, in our view, has the potential to inflame public opinion around the world in a way that will jeopardize American lives and American interests. It does not represent our core values as Americans. We hope it does not happen. We hope that between now and Saturday, there’ll be a range of voices...
  • Merkel to honor Mohammed cartoonist at press award

    09/08/2010 11:20:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 8, 2010 | Stephen Brown and Knut Engelmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel risked angering Muslims by speaking at an awards ceremony on Wednesday for a Dane whose cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed provoked sometimes violent protests by Muslims five years ago. The 75-year-old cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose drawings of Mohammed that offended Muslims worldwide first appeared in Danish paper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, was due to receive a prize on Wednesday evening at a conference on freedom of the press. At a time of fierce debate in Germany over disparaging remarks about Muslim immigrants made by a central bank member, some Muslims criticized the center-right chancellor and the media...
  • U.S. Embassy Reaffirms U.S. Respect for Islam (Obama Condemns 1st Amend. Protected Koran Burning)

    09/06/2010 10:20:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 234 replies · 2+ views
    U.S. Embassy in Kabul ^ | Monday, September 6, 2010
    The United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups. The embassy wants to emphasize that we strongly condemn the offensive messages, which are contrary to U.S. government policy and deeply offensive to Muslims especially during the month of Ramadan. President Obama made clear in Cairo in his speech on June 4, 2009 that he considers it part of his responsibility as President to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they occur. And during his recent Iftar...
  • Man Arrested For Holding “Impeach Obama” Sign

    09/02/2010 7:55:00 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 121 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 8/28/2010
    VIDEO at link is "LaRouche supporter assaulted by Alaska State Fair Security" This first day of the 2010 Alaska State Fair starts with sunny skies and a brutal assault by security personnel on a LaRouche supporter. At about 5pm Alaska Time, Thursday, August 26, 2010, security personnel approach Sidney Hill, a lone man peacefully displaying an impeach Obama sign near Pioneer Plaza on the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. Minutes later, a crowd assembles, additional security forces arrive, and they physically assault the man holding the sign. He’s taken to the ground with force and detained. An unidentified Alaska State...
  • Fighting for Our Right to Speak and Pray

    08/28/2010 5:16:46 AM PDT · by MikeMerritt · 1 replies
    Right Across the Atlantic ^ | 8/28/2010 | Michael Merritt
    If there is anything that most represents what Restoring Honor is tomorrow, it is the two acts listed in the title: speech and prayer. Only in a country like ours can one man (and his team) surround a national monument with thousands of people in order to speak about restoring the country to its glory. Yet, even as Restoring Honor happens, both our freedoms of speech and religion our under attack by elements in the government (almost all leftist) that would have us conform to their way of thinking. Here are some of the top ways we are losing the...
  • Did Philidelphia Lose Its Mind?

    08/24/2010 3:07:21 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 27 replies
    Website Magazine ^ | Aug 24 2010 | Peter A. Prestipino
    Or Is It The Smartest City in the U.S.? We're not the kind of group to get all political, but news this morning came to us that Philadelphia is requiring bloggers pay to write on the Internet. We're interested in what Website Magazine readers have to say. According to Philly's City Paper, the city does not stop there: In addition to the $300 for the license to write on the World Wide Web, bloggers must pay city wage taxes, business privilege taxes and taxes on any net profits -- on top of state and federal taxes. Philadelphia requires privilege licenses...