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  • Missouri Student VP: I'm Tired Of Hearing People Use First Amendment Rights...

    11/11/2015 11:34:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    To Create "Hostile" Atmosphere Brenda Smith-Lezama, vice president of the Missouri Students Association, appeared on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon to express her disdain at people using their First Amendment rights to create a "hostile" and "unsafe" learning environment. Smith-Lezama advocated for a safe space for "healing" rather than "experiencing a lot of hate." MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked Smith-Lezama to respond to a professor who "complained" universities are becoming intolerant of opposing views. "One professor complained universities are becoming places of prohibition," Roberts said. "What's your feeling? Do you believe that's a place we are heading for American campuses now? "...
  • Is Google Falsely Flagging Harmless Sites?

    10/29/2015 2:19:10 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 20 replies
    PC World ^ | January, 2009 | Jeremy Kirk
    StopBadware.org is run by Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Oxford University's Internet Institute, and vendor partners such as Google, Sun Microsystems, and Lenovo.
  • The First Freedom

    10/18/2012 3:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    I am grateful to George Washington University professor of Law, Jonathan Turley, for pointing out that a growing number of world leaders find the First Amendment's right of free speech to be an inconvenience. He cites, for instance, U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's warning that "when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected." Turley makes the valuable -- and if you think about it, obvious -- observation that free speech becomes intolerable not when it is used recklessly but when one person or a group...
  • Islamist Group CAIR Calls on Ben Carson to Withdraw from Presidential Race

    09/20/2015 6:01:28 PM PDT · by blueyon · 63 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/20/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror-funding case, announced on Sunday the group will be calling on Dr. Ben Carson to drop out of the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination over Carson’s statement he would not support having a Muslim as U.S. president. Carson made his statement in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning, explaining he does not believe the values of Islam are consistent with the Constitution of the United States. CAIR made the announcement in a press release (excerpted below) sent out Sunday afternoon...
  • Planned Parenthood Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV

    07/28/2015 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/28/15 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practices was released by the Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see it if PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate “patient privacy.” Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations....
  • PP Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV Stations

    07/28/2015 2:12:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | July 28, 2015 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practices was released by the Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see it if PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate “patient privacy.” Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations. This absurdly transparent...
  • A tragic end for a John Doe whistleblower

    07/28/2015 8:11:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-27-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Michael Lutz, the highly decorated former Milwaukee cop and John Doe whistleblower, fatally shot himself early Sunday morning just inside the Milwaukee County line. Multiple sources tell Wisconsin Watchdog that Lutz lived an agonized life in the years after he was shot while on the job in 2005. Things got worse, those sources say, after he went public about Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s “hyper-partisan” pursuit of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “I know Mike, and the worst thing he could have imagined was being in a mug shot, in an orange jumpsuit on a perp walk,”...
  • He Showed Up At A Baseball Game With A ‘John 3:16 Sign. What Police Did To Him Sparked Backlash…

    07/10/2015 9:46:03 AM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    WesternJournalism ^ | 7/09/15 | Randy DeSoto
    "Much of what used to be great about America...has been overshadowed by...an inclination towards political correctness." Everyone who goes to sporting events in large venues or watches them on television has likely seen the sign “John 3:16” being held by a fan. Displaying the sign is just one way some believers like to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV) According to Biblegateway.com, it is the most popular verse looked up on the site,...
  • Tennessee store owner posts “No gays allowed” sign

    07/01/2015 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    On a slow news day, it was either this or the fact that Twitter’s blowing up right now over the NYT’s suggestion that peas would make a fine addition to guacamole. Since only one of those stories has seeped into other major newspapers (so far), that’s the one I’m blogging. Although, for the record, I like peas and think they’d be an intriguing, if not necessarily triumphant, ingredient in guac from a textural perspective. Let’s not wet ourselves over experimental recipes after we, as a people, just got done spending two weeks debating the pros and cons of pizza with...
  • Piers Morgan: Let’s face it, white people who use the N-word should be in jail

    06/22/2015 5:33:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Say this for the guy: It takes some Jedi-level trolling to make yourself part of another country’s national debate about racism after a mass murder when you don’t even count as a celebrity there anymore.I like that he calls for actual jail time, not a fine or parole or some other more ceremonial penalty. If we’re going to carve out First Amendment exceptions for thoughtcrimes, might as well be bold about it. What would I do with white people who use the N-word? Jail them.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 22, 2015 Not to play a fool’s game here, but...
  • Justice Dept. subpoenas Reason Magazine to find anonymous commenters. Internet implodes

    06/10/2015 5:18:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The Libertarians are up in arms this week after the Justice Department served subpoenas to Nick Gillespie’s Reason Magazine over comments left on their web site by anonymous readers. The commentariat buzz in question erupted over an article dealing with the life sentence imposed on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. This has prompted some outraged cries from observers such as Bloomberg contributor (and former Reason editor) Virginia Postrel, who described the move as stomping on free speech. Powerline’s Steven Hayward (coincidentally also a former contributor to Reason) wonders aloud whether the Justice Department attorneys are just stupid or possibly...
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • BOMBSHELL: Mayor Forced Into Mental Institution for What He Said About Islam

    05/20/2015 6:49:21 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 40 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 20MAY2015 | Staff Writer
    Robert Chardon, mayor of the French town of Venelles, has allegedly been forced into a mental institution for tweeting, “We must ban the Muslim faith in France.” This revelation came to us via the Agence France-Presse, a highly regarded news entity that claimed Chardon was involuntarily hospitalized last Friday. Chardon also tweeted that France should revoke a centuries-old secularism law and instead “promote the practice of the Christian faith.” All this rhetoric reportedly angered Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the Union for a Popular Movement, the same party to which Chardon belongs. “I condemn this proposal even if secularism also means...
  • VIDEO W/TRANSLATION: Muslim Egyptian “Terry Jones” Desecrates the Koran – Sick Of Islam

    08/24/2012 10:12:29 PM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 8-25-12 | Damon Whitsell
    Translation: by Brett Gasper "Ah,Here it is, kita'ab Allah (Book of Allah), this is the root of all disaster: Book of Allah. I'm not certain what day it is of this reviled month of Ramadan! You are making the tearing of the Quran such a big and dangerous thing.. It is only natural to want to tear this book! Those sons of kelba (dogs) think they can threaten me and dare me to tear the Quran - but I want to prove to them that they are nothing... and what is the big deal in tearing this book? Here the...
  • Court Rules That YouTube Cannot Be Forced to Remove Innocence of Muslims

    05/18/2015 5:52:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 18 May 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    An appeals court today reversed a lower court’s decision compelling YouTube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims, saying that such an act was a violation of the First Amendment. The film, a 13-minute “trailer” created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2012, sparked outrage among the Muslim community for its depiction of the prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and a murderer, and for a time was thought to be the cause of the attacks against the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The initial lawsuit had been filed by Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses in the film, who...
  • A boy, a truck and two flags

    05/15/2015 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Tom Balek with Watchdog.org is doing the kind of local reporting that I hope we see more of. This story comes from the not terribly exciting sounding environment of a high school in South Carolina. Peyton Robinson is a senior at the local school who is also a volunteer fireman and drives his own pickup truck. Mounted in the back are two flags… one the American flag and the other a POW/MIA flag. Unfortunately, Peyton showed up for school one day and found that his display was no longer welcome. Peyton Robinson, a senior at York Comprehensive High School in...
  • If You Agree with Me, Freedom of Speech is Free

    05/12/2015 5:26:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Progressives say that we should all be capitulators to leftist Marxist ideology and Leninist indoctrination, worshippers of global warming, and appeasers to radical Islam. “We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.”
- Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959 Having made tremendous progress throughout history, advancing, protecting, and promoting freedom of speech, we find ourselves at a threshold when book burnings, forbidden free expression of ideas, and printing for the elite consumption, not the masses, do...
  • Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas

    04/01/2015 3:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently, we’re all so thin-skinned that we can’t bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview. This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning. Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in...
  • Maryland Blessed With $100 Million Turkish Mega-Mosque

    05/22/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | May 22, 2013 | John DeMayo
    On May 15, 2013, the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, an anti-Semite, attended a ceremony a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital celebrating what he claims “will likely become the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the Western Hemisphere.” Next year, when completed, the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, in Lanham, Maryland “US of A,” a project of the Islamist Turkish government, will be the grandest Islamic site in the Western Hemisphere. Allah Akbar! The 15-acre neo-Ottoman empire inspired complex will have five buildings and a mosque capable of serving over 750 faithful Muslim worshipers. I have...
  • A guide to the dark side (video only)

    03/24/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 3-24-2015 | Pat Condell
    How to be "Progressive."
  • University of Chicago Newspaper: Free Speech Should be Curtailed so Muslims Aren’t Offended by It

    03/23/2015 9:47:10 AM PDT · by rightistight · 38 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/23/15 | Aurelius
    Xin Tian Yong, a contributor for the Chicago Maroon, has declared that free speech needs to be curtailed if people disagree with it. Specifically, Yong believes that speech that he considers “immoral or hateful” should be banned, especially if he considers it hurtful to minority religious or race groups like Muslims or African Americans. Yong’s article, titled “Actions speak louder than words,” begins by talking about a writer for Charlie Hebdo speaking at the University’s French Club. Zineb El Rhazoui, the writer for Charlie Hebdo, defended both satire and free speech... Yong writes that El Rhazoui spoke about the terrorist...
  • No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech

    03/12/2015 8:24:47 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 98 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy - Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Some University of Oklahoma students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), There will never be a nigger at SAE There will never be a nigger at SAE You can hang him from a tree But he’ll never sign with me There will never be a nigger at SAE University of Oklahoma president David Boren said, “If I’m allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion.” [UPDATE: The president has indeed expelled two of the students.] But he is not, I think, allowed to do that.
  • "Net Neutrality" is GOVERNMENT CONTROL

    02/26/2015 9:35:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Feb 27, 2015 | Ray76
    Internet is a medium by which every one may publish to every one. The medium must not can not be regulated. Regulation is an abridgment of the freedom of speech and of "the press" Internet is “the tyrant’s foe, and the people’s friend” The FCC is seizing control of the medium. They claim laws of the 1930's as their authority. The 1930's are well before computers and internet existed. The FCC has no authority to regulate the medium. There can be no authority to control the medium.
  • Obama´s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

    02/23/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/15 | Paul Bedard
    As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy. In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet. In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down
  • French Icon Brigitte Bardot on Trial Again for Blasphemy Against Muslims

    02/20/2015 2:18:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/20/2015 | Dr. Phyllis Chesler
    Former film star Brigitte Bardot, France’s iconic blonde bombshell and “sex kitten” who reigned supreme from 1952 – 1973, is currently on trial for the fifth time for insulting Muslims and “inciting racial hatred.” Bardot has been fined four times and has also received suspended jail sentences.
  • WATCH: Shocking Video Shows College Students Condemning Free Speech and The 1st Amendment!

    02/18/2015 4:57:31 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 48 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 02/18/2015 | Steven Crowder
    A man-on-street video. The University of Michigan took some pretty big steps toward stifling free speech on its campus this month with its “Inclusive Language” program. They’ve even gone as far as to create a list of “unacceptable words”. Just how important is the 1st amendment to students today. I’m pretty sure that after watching the video, you’ll feel more compelled to protect the 1st amendment than ever before!
  • Shooting at Copenhagen blasphemy seminar (3 Police shot, gunmen on the loose)

    02/14/2015 8:35:11 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | February 14th, 2015 | BBC
    Danish police have said three officers were shot and wounded at blasphemy debate in Copenhagen where the French ambassador was speaking. Two gunmen are said to be still at large. Reports say up to 40 shots were fired outside the venue in the Danish capital. Controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has drawn caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was also present at the debate. Shortly after the attack, a message appeared on the Twitter feed of French ambassador Francois Zimeray saying he was unharmed. Lars Vilks stoked controversy in 2007 by drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad dressed as a...
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • The silence of the sheep

    01/18/2015 12:15:22 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 6 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 1-18-15 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    As France recovers from last week’s terrorist attacks against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Western world, including journalists and social media spectators across the political spectrum, are rallying around freedom of speech – even offensive speech. While they are rightly united in the conviction that objectionable expression should be safe from violent retaliation, it is increasingly clear that the freedom of speech often works only at that bare minimum — protecting us from imprisonment and decapitation by governments, but not from social and economic destruction by our fellow Americans, including government officials. Take the case of Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta’s...
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Leviathan director Andrei Zvyagintsev: ‘Living in Russia is like being in a minefield’

    01/14/2015 1:32:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 6, 2014
    [...] Zvyagintsev [a noted Russian film director whose "Leviathan" has recently taken the Golden Globe prize] swims resolutely against the tide. One remark by Russia’s culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, who, earlier this year, said openly that he did not like Leviathan, seems especially to irritate. “He said: ‘Let all the flowers grow, but we will only water the ones we like.’ After these words he should have been fired, because this is a direct violation of the constitution, a direct violation of human expression. You cannot impose rules on art. Everybody should be equal. Government help, without which art cannot...
  • French comedian Dieudonne probed for Paris attack quip

    01/12/2015 8:53:42 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 18 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 01/12/2015
    Paris (AFP) - French prosecutors said Monday they were investigating notorious comedian Dieudonne for "inciting terrorism" with his Facebook comment [...] "Tonight, as far as I'm concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly", the comedian wrote, playing the expression "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") off a reference to Friday's kosher supermarket attacker Amedy Coulibaly. "Je suis Charlie" was adopted as the rallying cry following shootings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people died. Coulibaly killed four hostages in the kosher supermarket seige, after murdering a police officer Thursday. [...] The comedian made his controversial Facebook post after attending...
  • I am <i>not</i> Charlie

    01/12/2015 8:24:42 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/11/2015 | Joseph Curl
    Shortly after a terrorist attack left 12 dead inside a Paris magazine called Charlie Hebdo, a meme went viral. People posted a new phrase on social media, held signs with the slogan, said it again and again and again on TV: “Je Suis Charlie” — I am Charlie. The message was meant to show solidarity with those who died. And those who were murdered in cold blood were called “journalists,” therefore “Je Suis Charlie” supporters were saying, essentially, there but for the grace of God go I. They, too, could have been killed over freedom of expression. We are all...
  • Saudi blogger Badawi 'flogged for Islam insult'

    01/09/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say. Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency. On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case. In addition to his sentence, Mr...
  • The Paralysis of Europe

    01/09/2015 7:54:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The massacre in Paris of the staff of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was an act of terrorism, but also a successful act of war in the clash of civilizations between Islamism and the West. Nor were we lacking for warning signs. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, a license to kill author Salman Rushdie for his anti-Muslim novel "Satanic Verses." Danish cartoons of the Prophet with his turban in the shape of a bomb caused riots across the Middle East. Charlie Hebdo published them. The vulgarian Theo Van Gogh was carved up alive on a street in Amsterdam...
  • Atlanta Fire Chief: I was fired because of my Christian faith

    01/08/2015 2:21:03 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/7/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Kelvin Cochran was five-years-old when he realized that he wanted to be a firefighter. “My family was very, very poor,” Cochran told me. “We were living in a shotgun house in an alley – three big brothers, two little sisters.” One Sunday afternoon the Cochran children heard a fire truck stop across from their neighbor’s home. Miss Maddie’s house was one fire. “It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” White told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    10/20/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 55 replies
    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent. ... Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden...
  • 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 don’t mean to point out the obvious here—but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It’s a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the city’s attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • California Liberals Wage War on Pro-Energy Advertisers

    10/13/2014 1:58:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Thomas Miller
    I’ve learned how the game works, from my perch here at Breitling Energy. For one, we advertise and broadcast Powering America Radio on The Patriot, KEIB 1150 AM in Los Angeles, the USAs 2nd largest media market. It also happens to be the transplanted LA home of the Rush Limbaugh show. On occasion, Chris Faulkner’s “Oil and Gas Today” reports fall within the Limbaugh program (it’s called run-of-schedule in broadcasting….where commercials air randomly through the day).. When they hit his show, here come the emails. People “informing” us of Rush’s bigoted bias and “encouraging” us to not support any station...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bêtes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers;...
  • Remarks of Ayaan Irisi Ali, an ex-Muslim, at Yale

    09/19/2014 10:40:36 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 19, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Ayaan Irisi Ali has often been rejected by the "multicultural" establishment, perhaps most memorably in April of this year by Brandeis University. According to Brandeis, "She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world," said the university's statement. "That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values." [Emphasis added.] According to the Fox News article linked above, Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making...
  • Freedom of Approved Speech

    09/11/2014 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If you believe it is in your best interest to allow government to take power over certain things, it won't be long before government takes power over certain things that are not in your best interest The politicians are always working on tweaking freedom of speech because political correctness has turned out not to be oppressive enough. They use back doors and side entrances to attack freedom of speech, because if they came in the front door, you would know what they were up to, and you would use your freedom of speech to stop them. The political leaders tell...
  • China cracks down on online rumors, porn

    07/22/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
    Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called “rumormongers” and “slanderous content.” […] Xinhua said the government would also increase punishments for spreading rumors online, although it didn’t specify how it would do that. Already, Chinese courts can sentence people for up to three years in prison for writing online comments deemed defamatory. As part of the new campaign, the government has shut down websites and punished nearly 40 people it called rumormongers. …
  • It looks like Google is trying to make sure no one sees “America”, Dinesh D’Souza demands answers

    07/08/2014 10:53:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Young Condervitives ^ | 7/08/14 | Joshua Riddle
    First Costco removed Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America” from all of their stores, and now Google is piling on. Liberal hacks are doing whatever they can to make sure people don’t see this movie and hear it’s message. Liberals are all about trying to squash free speech. Makes me sick. From the Hollywood Reporter: Lawyers representing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film, America, have fired off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure out where the movie is playing. The letter claims that Google has been confusing America...
  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/08/2014 4:49:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, in which he wrote: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...
  • Let's Repeal Freedom of Speech?

    06/29/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    The First Amendment, I think I’ll keep it. Not so for 44 sitting U.S. Senators — all Democrats. They’re proposing Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would amend the U.S. Constitution by scratching out a sorta important part of the Bill of Rights. Senate Joint Resolution 19 would repeal the First Amendment. Well, not all of it, actually: just our right to speak out politically, to engage in political action and campaign for or against those in power. The new amendment would remove all protections against Congress regulating our speech, at least insofar as we have to spend even a plug...
  • The Big Lie Exposed: Liberals Hate Diversity

    05/11/2014 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    Liberals are always preaching the values of diversity and inclusion. Regrettably, such platitudes are just rhetoric, because upon closer examination liberals hate diversity. As evidence, just examine some recent and disturbing activities on the campus of Rutgers University. After former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was invited to give the commencement address, liberals went crazy. In February, the faculty council passed a resolution demanding that the university withdraw their invitation to Rice. Thereafter, student protesters stormed the office of the Rutgers President to express their disapproval of the selection and condemn Rice as a war...
  • Freedom of speech is 'universal' right, Michelle Obama tells China

    03/22/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | Tom Phillips
    Amid a growing crackdown on Chinese dissidents, the US First Lady tells an audience in Beijing that the "questioning and criticism" of political leaders is crucialFreedom of information, expression and belief should be considered "universal rights", Michelle Obama, the US first lady, told students in China on Saturday. Speaking at Peking University on the second full day of a weeklong, bridge-building family tour of the country, Mrs Obama said: "It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media." "When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and...
  • Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit

    03/21/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 10:34 PM 03/20/2014
    First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views. Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com. In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed. Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech...
  • Victory for Academic Freedom: Jury Rules UNC-Wilmington Retaliated Against Conservative Professor

    03/21/2014 5:55:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    A jury in North Carolina on Thursday found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington retaliated against criminology professor Dr. Mike Adams for his political and social views. Adams, a Townhall columnist, explained last year that despite his track record of success at the university in terms of teaching, research and service, he was denied a promotion to full professor because of the views he advanced in his opinion columns. He described the promotion process as being “replete with procedural irregularities and with direct criticism of [his] columns and [his] beliefs.” The ACLJ, who represented Adams along with Alliance Defending Freedom...