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  • Texas student sues after college bans gun rights sign

    05/28/2015 9:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 5-28-2015 | Maxim Lott
    A Texas college student filed suit against her school this week, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shooed off the quad for displaying a pro-Second Amendment sign. Nicole Sanders, 24, who attends Blinn College, a two-year public college in Brenham, Texas, said she and a classmate at the 18,000-student school were holding signs near the student center in February when they were told to move. Sanders' sign read, “Defend Gun Rights on Campus,” and the other said “LOL,” with President Obama’s logo as the “O.” The pair was trying to attract members for a student group they...
  • Are We Running Out of Time?

    05/25/2015 6:52:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 13 replies
    american thinker ^ | May 25, 2015 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    In writing about his beloved Cuba, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo asserts that "totalitarianism is as much about tyranny as about [the] manipulation of time." He knows only too well how the Castro brothers have destroyed the hopes and dreams of the Cuban people for more than a half century. And now in a devastating blow and under the guise of rapprochement, Barack Obama continues to support this communist tyranny. And the Cuban people continue to suffer and weep for true freedom. While sadly, we Americans continue to squander it. A 2013 poll revealed that "40 percent of Americans said the...
  • Hillary Clinton: We need to redefine what free speech means(satire)

    05/24/2015 12:33:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 5-24-15 | Chedoh
    Hillary Clinton released an announcement over Memorial Day weekend on her Facebook page, saying that what we may think of as "free speech" can be hurtful towards other Americans, and we should put more effort into monitoring what we and others say to avoid painful dialogues, especially on the internet. "There is a problem in this country when people, mostly right-wing bigots, can easily inflict pain and suffering towards others through hurtful words and objections against alternative lifestyles and political stances. You often see it on Facebook and other forms of social media, where they are constantly spewing hate and...
  • Why I love 'hate speech'

    05/24/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Mallory Millett
    I love Pamela Geller. I have known and loved her for years. She is a great American! If only everyone who has the honor of calling himself American could grow courage like hers we would be un-terrorizable as a nation. Pamela gets that we are at war and stands as an example for those of us who have lost our way. Many of you under fifty have been educated by the whackerino indoctrinators crowding reality out of our High Schools and Universities. These liars and fantasists are so busy obliterating, truncating or revising history (when they're not entirely ignoring it),...
  • 51 Percent Of Democrats Pretty Much Want To Destroy The First Amendment

    05/21/2015 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    So, National Review’s Charlie Cooke found an interesting poll showing that a majority of Democrats–and a substantial proportion of Republicans–want to upend the foundation of First Amendment law in the United States. They want to criminalize so-called hate speech. Nevertheless, 60 percent of Americans say that it’s “okay” publish Muhammad cartoons, and over 70 percent approve of our right to offend. So, what’s going on here? Party affiliation is the only place where we see a majority for making hate speech a crime. That honor is awarded to the Democrats, where 51 percent agree with that sentiment, according to a YouGov poll. Yet, 37...
  • Majority Of Dems OK With Criminalization Of Hate Speech

    05/21/2015 7:56:54 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 46 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 05/20/2015 | Blake Neff
    A poll released Wednesday by the online pollster YouGov has found that a plurality of the American public, as well as a majority of Democrats, support limiting the First Amendment to allow a ban on hate speech.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Hypocritical and Totalitarian War on Free Speech

    05/20/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-05-20 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has suggested that a key litmus test in evaluating prospective Supreme Court appointees would be their willingness to challenge "the right of billionaires to buy elections." Presumably, a suitable judge would indicate a desire to overturn the Citizens United decision that struck down a ban on political expenditures by corporations and unions ruled to violate the First Amendment protection of free speech – a case coincidentally centered on Citizen United’s attempt to advertise for and air a film critical of none other than Clinton. In light of recent allegations swirling around the presidential favorite, Clinton’s...
  • A Queer Alliance Against Free Speech

    05/20/2015 5:05:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Stony Brook University’s Graduate Queer Alliance (GQA) has managed to elevate opposition to free speech to a Zen Art. The group recently demanded that their university apologize simply for hosting my friend Frank Turek in a debate that had nothing to do with homosexuality – that is until his opponent, Michael Shermer, interjected the issue into the debate. It is worth noting that the audience actually booed Shermer after he continued to lecture them on how they would all some day accept same-sex marriage.This is not an isolated incident. Readers will remember my column, “The Cisco Kid,” which documented Frank’s...
  • Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

    05/20/2015 12:22:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of “trigger warnings” and “safe zones” on college campuses. It seems that mostly conservative sites and writers are concerned with the increasingly draconian suppression of free speech on college campuses. But then, it is mostly conservative writers and speakers who are treated as though they’re bringing the Ebola virus rather than contrarian ideas to the sensitive ears of what we may as well name the “Swaddled Generation.” A trigger warning is usually conveyed on a sign carried or posted near the auditorium where a speech is...
  • NYC Censorship Event Gets Censored

    05/19/2015 8:52:20 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    A New York City arts center has canceled a planned event intended to protest censorship after one of the scheduled plays, “‘Mohammed’ Gets A Boner,” was deemed too offensive to Muslims.
  • Rise Up for Free Speech!

    05/19/2015 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers' new book, "The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech," links her snugly to the cause of unfettered thought and expression -- important for conservatives, certainly but also for non-conservatives. As it should be for any American, come to think of it, as the "progressive" left pounds and pulverizes anyone of differing mind and purpose. The politicization of almost everything has put at some risk, in the most talkative of ages, the broadly assumed right of First Amendment-cherishing Americans to speak their pieces. "The illiberal left," says Powers, "... believes that people...
  • Why Pamela Geller Is Hated

    05/19/2015 6:46:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Pamela Geller -- the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas -- may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the left's chief villain. And, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her. The question is why? Here are three reasons. Reason One: The left Hates Those Who Confront Evil The first and most important reason is a rule of life that I wrote about in a recent column explaining the left's hatred for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
  • Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

    05/18/2015 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Excellence · 20 replies
    cjme ^ | May 18, 2015 | cjme
    Google wins
  • Did Hillary Clinton support UN policy that would criminalize Pam Geller’s ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest?

    05/18/2015 9:16:40 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-05-18 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was recently asked about the “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, TX that was attacked by two jihadists, and what Mr. Bush thought of event organizer and ardent counterjihadist Pamela Geller. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was not, but a new book gives insight into how she might think about the issue given her support as Secretary of State of a policy put forth by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the UN that comes into direct conflict with the First Amendment. As Maj. Stephen Coughlin (Ret.) writes in his “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in...
  • The Opposite of Diversity: UNIVERSITY*… So Shut Up!

    05/17/2015 8:50:34 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-17-2015 | MOTUS
    What’s the opposite of diversity? UNIVERSITY! (h/t *Kate at Small Dead Animals; she’s a genius.)With The Closing of the Collegiate Mind, their victory is completeRemember when universities were bastions of freedom of thought and speech? Yeah, those were the good old days. They’ve now morphed into finishing schools for political correctness which certainly qualifies graduates for a job in education or journalism but isn’t as helpful in fields such as medicine, accounting, engineering and information technology. Butt as they say, “it is what it is.” And besides, what do you expect for an average investment of $80-100,000?However I would think university...
  • The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech

    05/16/2015 1:48:18 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 14,2015 | Kirsten Powers
    Lifelong liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left's forced march towards conformity in an exposé of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the "illiberal Left" now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, "What ever happened to free speech in America?"
  • Scott Walker and That Koch Money

    05/13/2015 5:39:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | May 13, 2015 | davenj1
    Eight months out from the first caucus,the Left is already developing a message about the potential Republican nominee. It will make little difference who that candidate will be which illustrates two things. First,their logic is inconsistent given the online rhetoric thus far. Second,it is obvious from the main target of that rhetoric that they probably fear this candidate more than any other at this point. Given these attacks,the rhetoric and the vitriol,it is obvious that they are most worried about Scott Walker. .........[snip]...........Safe to say,Americans for Prosperity have been supporters of Scott Walker in the past. That would leave anyone...
  • Sister Pamela, you go, girl!

    05/11/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 11, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    I love Pamela Geller. However, when Bill O'Reilly and conservative Laura Ingraham said it was foolish of Pam to insult over a billion Muslims by hosting a “Draw Muhammad” contest, I thought perhaps they were right. Muslims live under an Islamic legal system called sharia law, which prohibits drawing any image of their prophet, Muhammad. Rush Limbaugh sided with Pamela. Rush pointed out that while the mainstream media and pundits want us to be sensitive to this rule of sharia, that same media flaunts and promotes homosexual marriage, which offends Muslims. Muslims put homosexuals to death. My feisty part-Cherokee, mostly...
  • The left has Islam all wrong: Bill Maher, Pamela Geller and the reality progressives must face

    05/10/2015 10:59:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 83 replies
    SALON MAG (HOLY COW) ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Whatever her views on other matters are, Pamela Geller is right about one thing: last week’s Islamist assault on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest she hosted in Texas proves the jihad against freedom of expression has opened a front in the United States. “There is,” she said, “a war on free speech and this violent attack is a harbinger of things to come.” Apparently undaunted, Geller promises to continue with such “freedom of speech” events. ISIS is now threatening to assassinate her. She and her cohorts came close to becoming victims, yet some in the media on the right and...
  • Jihadis’ demand for self-censorship would spell the end of free expression

    05/11/2015 7:38:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | Tammy Bruce
    -excerpt- Richard Fowler, a liberal radio talk show host, insisted that the cartoon contest was like “going into a theater and yelling out fire. … Freedom of speech comes with limits. This is a clear limit.” Furthermore, Mr. Fowler assured us, “If they never had that event, the jihadis would have never shown up.” Really? So, we should tell battered women that they should just learn to make the sandwich perfectly, so as to not incite a beating? -excerpt- As a reminder, you can yell fire in a crowded theater — when there’s a fire. Arguably, the culpability comes when...
  • Speak Free or Die

    05/11/2015 4:33:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    I damn sure didn’t go to war for this country twice to come home and be told by a bunch of homely chicks with daddy issues, effete literary fops scandalized by the notion of resistance to Third World pathologies, and nimrod sons of politicians playing at journalism what I can and can’t say. And I don’t think most Americans are ready to have everything they speak, write, or think perused for possible hate criminality by these same goose-stepping creeps. We’d rather die than “live” on our knees, begging permission to exercise the right God gave us to say whatever we...
  • Jindal Wonders How Hillary Would Change Religious Views: ‘Re-Education Camps?’

    05/10/2015 5:23:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 9, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Religious liberties were a hot topic at the Citizens United Freedom Summit Saturday, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal taking particular offense at a remark made by Hillary Clinton on the issue. Jindal wondered how Clinton could actually change an individual’s religious views saying, “And by the way the speech in this conference where she said those of us who are pro-life should need to have our religious beliefs changed. She didn’t say how. What does it mean? Re-education camps? She proposed to have our religious beliefs changed.” “You have to see her most recent comments on religious...
  • Clarice Feldman: Can We Talk?

    05/10/2015 10:58:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    The really big news this week for many would be voters is who won the least dressed award at the Metropolitan Museum’s Gala opening -- Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, or Jennifer Lopez? Fortunately for people like me who are sick of this stuff, a new app is being developed called KardBlock which disappears from every story and feed you read online any mention of the Kardashians. Take that, Luddites who claim technology doesn’t really improve our lives. This new development got me to thinking about how best to respond to those pundit morons on the left and right who attacked Pam...
  • Steyn on Garland, Texas terror attack

    05/10/2015 7:16:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/10/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I am very sorry to learn from his latest column that Mark Steyn has been ill, but very glad that he has managed to find the energy to comment on the media and political response to the terror attack in Garland, Texas. As you would expect, he is witty and to the point. The title alone is gem: "Stay Quiet and You'll Be Okay" Read the whole thing, but here is an excerpt to whet the appetite:
  • Pamela Geller’s abuse of free speech [Washington Post Column]

    05/09/2015 10:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/09/2015 | Kathleen Parker
    <p>The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.</p> <p>Not since Westboro Baptist Church’s “God Hates Fags” message and Florida pastor Terry Jones burning the Koran has the principle of free speech been so sullied and abused.</p>
  • Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater Metaphor vs Texas Cartoon

    05/09/2015 10:28:39 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2, 2012 | Trevor Timm
    Oliver Wendell Holmes made the analogy during a controversial Supreme Court case that was overturned more than 40 years ago. Ninety-three years ago, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote what is perhaps the most well-known -- yet misquoted and misused -- phrase in Supreme Court history: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic." Without fail, whenever a free speech controversy hits, someone will cite this phrase as proof of limits on the First Amendment. And whatever that controversy may be, "the law"--as some have curiously...
  • In Defense of Pamela Geller (Jeffrey Lord)

    05/08/2015 12:21:31 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Jeffrey Lord
    What Pamela Geller is about — courageously and boldly — is standing up for freedom. That’s it. That’s all. “My country is in danger,” she said to Sean Hannity on his radio show yesterday — and she is right. When O’Reilly says “Insulting the entire Muslim world is stupid… It does not advance the cause of liberty or get us any closer to defeating the savage jihad,” he is, as Megyn Kelly said, confused. It isn’t Geller’s job to defeat ISIS. That’s the President’s job. It isn’t her job to provoke — or not provoke. It isn’t her job to...
  • How Emotion Can Damage America

    05/07/2015 5:45:02 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 26 replies
    Bill O'Reilly Talking Points ^ | May 7, 2015 | Bill O'Reilly
    The debate continues to rage over whether an anti-Muslim group was justified in insulting every Muslim on the planet. As you may know, two jihadis were killed by a brave police officer in Garland, Texas on Sunday after they tried to storm a conference held by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The dead men deserved what they got. But the incident was ignited by a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Any depiction of that Islamic icon is a sin in the Muslim world. Many Americans believe the provocation was legitimate under freedom of speech. But that is not...
  • Freep This Poll!

    05/07/2015 5:22:45 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 34 replies
    Bill O'Reilly ^ | May 7, 2015 | Bill O'Reilly
    O'Reilly Poll Do you support the group American Freedom Defense Initiative mocking the Islamic religion? (The poll is at the right of the screen, near the top)
  • British Imam: Yep, Pamela Geller Deserves Her Death Sentence For Mohammed Cartoon Contest

    05/07/2015 8:12:45 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/7/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As you know by now, last weekend Pamela Geller held a Mohammed Art Exhibit in Texas. That event was attacked by two jihadists wearing body armor and carrying semi-automatic weapons. Luckily, they were shot immediately upon arrival by a police officer with his handgun. Since the event ISIS has issued a fatwa, otherwise known as a death sentence, on Pam Geller's head. Last night on Hannity radical Imam Anjem Choudary, who represents a significant portion of British Muslims, justified the death sentence. "You're talking about people who deliberately had a competition to insult the messenger Muhammed, peace be upon him...
  • Pam Geller: No Contact from FBI, Homeland Security Since Terror Attack [Matthew 10]

    05/07/2015 7:56:14 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 42 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/7/2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Pamela Geller, the woman targeted by terrorists in Texas over the weekend, says the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have yet to contact her after the thwarted attacked. She made the comments last night in an interview with Sean Hannity. "This is a serious threat," said Hannity. "Basically a Fatwa, a death threat, has now been issued. Your reaction to that? Have you had any contact with the FBI?" "They have not contacted me, but of course we've now increased my team. I have a team now, private security, and NYPD counterterror has been in touch with me,"...
  • Conservative Pundits For Sharia? Why do we tolerate pundits who tell us not to criticize Islam?

    05/07/2015 7:34:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2015 | Karin McQuillan
    Tuesday night Fox News carried a barrage of criticism against free-speech heroine Pam Geller for her draw Mohammed contest. She was attacked by Greta van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham, without being given a chance to be interviewed and defend herself. Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity were the stand-up guys. In response to my blog post Tuesday on Megyn Kelly calling out O’Reilly on why Geller is absolutely right, I received an email from a normally clear-headed conservative friend who asserted Geller was purposely provocative and it is wrong to insult anyone’s religion. Here’s the key difference. Muslims can...
  • The Freedom To Offend

    05/07/2015 4:40:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Imagine a world where you can be punished for simply offending someone. That world exists, and people are paying thousands of dollars a semester for the privilege of walking on eggshells for four years. But it’s not just colleges where these delicate flowers grow; the outrage brigade is everywhere. Two major American universities, the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, caved to pressure from a tiny minority of students who demanded their will be forced on everyone. The schools canceled, at least temporarily, public screenings of the movie “American Sniper” because these emotional Fabergé eggs deemed it offensive...
  • Freedom Of Speech, But

    05/06/2015 12:03:54 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 19 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 05/06/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    It's quite astonishing to watch what is unfolding in America today as our media engages in self-censorship while acting as apologists for the actions of Islamic terrorism. By doing this, the media not only sacrifices the freedom of speech that is essential to our pluralistic society, but it also promotes the fear that jihadists seek to instill by dictating what is and isn't "off limits" to debate. This is already happening with news reporters such as Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC now calling for special speech protections for Islam in the wake of Sunday's terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. Pamela Geller...
  • I Will Never Submit!

    05/05/2015 10:35:06 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 11 replies
    Self | 05/06/15 | Me
    So if Muslims burn our flag and shout "Death to America" it's nothing more than a innocuous demonstration of free speech, but if a Texas town holds a Muhammad caricature contest it's an instant crime against humanity and prosecutable hate speech? The fact liberals are even suggesting Islam should be protected against any and all disparagement - in a country predicated upon Judeo-Christian values no less - but that that the vilest forms of slander against Christians, capitalists, veterans, police, and conservatives is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged, shows the true, fascist face of progressivism. After all, it's not like...
  • Winner of Muhammed Cartoon Contest: "Once Free Speech Goes, It's Over"

    05/05/2015 11:39:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The winner of Sunday night's draw Muhammed art contest, which was attacked by terrorists influenced by ISIS, is speaking out and pleading for the West to fight back against attacks on free speech. "We can't be cowed by this because once this goes, once free speech goes, it's over," Bosch Fawstin said during an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "I've been drawing Muhammed for years and I heard about the contest and I took it upon myself to take part in it. I think it's an important thing. It's about freedom of speech, which is deadly important, especially...
  • NBC: Mohammed Drawing Event Attackers Were "Nutcases"; Christians "Have Done The Exact Same Thing"

    05/05/2015 7:14:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    In an appearance on Monday's broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball NBC terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann berated Pamela Geller and those who hosted a contest to draw the prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas on Sunday night. The event ended tragically when two gunmen, at least one being a Muslim, shot a security guard before they were shot dead by police. Kohlmann said that while everyone has the right to freedom of speech, the coordinators of this event were "standing by the principle of hatred for other people." However, Kohlmann did admit that the response to contest was "predictable." "Everyone has the right...
  • Americans Have a Right to Insult Islam

    05/05/2015 6:55:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/05/2015 | Rich Lowry
    Terrorists assaulted a “Mohammed cartoon” event in Texas sponsored by activist Pamela Geller, and the response has been, in part, soul-searching over what’s wrong with Pamela Geller. Geller is an attention-hungry provocateur who will never be mistaken for Bernard Lewis, the venerable scholar of Islam. Her Texas gathering to award a cash prize for the best cartoon of Mohammed — depictions of whom are considered offensive by many Muslims — was deliberately offensive, but so what? Two armed Muslim men showed up intending to kill the participants, and were only thwarted when they were shot dead by a police...
  • Pamela Geller plays with fire

    05/05/2015 4:46:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 127 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | may 4, 2015
    Americans will defend to the death — and literally had to — Pamela Geller’s right to disseminate images of the Prophet Muhammad. The First Amendment applies even to irresponsible provocateurs. A Geller-organized event in Texas over the weekend included inviting artists to draw images of Muhammad, an act that has provoked deadly attacks by some Islamists. In explaining her rationale, Geller pointed to an Iranian Holocaust cartoon contest that drew nearly 1,000 entries, saying “We need to make a similar show of strength of what is right.” Which extended to a drawing of Muhammad anally impaled on a pencil up...
  • Abbott: Garland Shooting Strikes At Heart Of First Amendment

    05/04/2015 1:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KERA-TV ^ | May 4, 2015 | Patrick Svitek Terri Langford and Alana Rocha, The Texas Tribune
    Texas' elected officials treaded carefully Monday as they reacted to a shooting on Sunday in Garland that left two gunmen dead outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Some called it an attack on free speech, while others simply thanked law enforcement and said they were monitoring the situation. Speaking with reporters Monday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a "heinous crime" that struck at the heart of the First Amendment. He added he would not feel differently if the shooting had happened in connection with an event mocking Christianity. "What Christians believe is we need to...
  • Outcry Over Coming ‘Stand with the Prophet’ Rally at Texas Public School Center [For background]

    05/04/2015 7:47:54 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Merrill Hope
    Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect, an event that asks “Ready to defeat Islamophobia?” is coming to the Dallas area Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6pm. Until recently, few knew anything about this conference and now that many more do, residents are not just upset about the event and its speakers, they are upset that it is being held on the publicly-owned property of the Garland Independent School District (ISD) in a facility that was built and paid for with property taxpayer funded school bonds. Stand with the Prophet is described in its promotional...
  • Silencing Skeptics, Conservatives and Free Speech

    05/02/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Our scientific method and traditions of free speech and open debate are under assault as never before, by intolerant inquisitors in our media, universities, government agencies, and even Congress and the Vatican. They threaten our most basic rights and freedoms, our political and scientific processes – and ultimately our continued innovation and invention, energy reliability and affordability, job creation and economic growth, and modern living standards, health and welfare. Congressman Grijalva and Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse sent letters to universities, think tanks and companies, demanding detailed information on skeptics’ funding and activities – in an attempt to destroy their...
  • Internet and thought control begins in 45 days!

    04/30/2015 7:08:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 74 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 4/31/15 | Godfather Politics
    UPDATE: The implementation of Barack Obama's takeover of the Internet is less than 45 days away. And as Marsha Blackburn says, if Congress does not take action to stop Barack Obama, the government will "control the Internet" in a little over the month. Make no mistake, the Internet as you know it will never be the same if we let Barack Obama implement this takeover. You'll pay more for less service and the government will use this draconian ruling as a club to bludgeon Internet freedom, including ultimately your free speech. And if you think we exaggerate, consider what Rep....
  • I'm Out [liberal embraces conservatism]

    04/28/2015 11:56:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2015 | Fran Solomita
    I remember the righteous smugness I used to feel when the one conservative friend in my social circle would begin expressing his opinions at a dinner gathering. I and the other ‘enlightened’ diners would shift uncomfortably and glance at one another, rolling our eyes: "Here he goes again." My stomach would tighten with a worry not fit for the occasion. I began to feel personally offended. And the smugness sometimes boiled over into anger, as I'd listen to my friend, loyal and kind, simply share his "crazy" ideas and opinions with us.What I thought then was only my frustration with...
  • Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe

    04/25/2015 11:59:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 25, 2015 | By Patrick Marley
    In a swing through the crucial presidential state of Iowa this weekend,Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the rare step of lashing out at prosecutors who had probed his campaign by questioning whether their tactics were constitutional.In an equally unusual turn,prosecutors fired back by calling Walker's comments inaccurate,offensive and defamatory—with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggesting Walker could be criminally charged for lying. They said Walker should call for the release of sealed court records so the public could know more about the investigation and raids on people's homes,but Walker gave that notion little heed....The state Supreme Court is now...
  • Why the 'safe space' movement is a liberal assault on freedom

    04/25/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    The Week ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    One of the more contentious ideas to recently emerge from the culture war is that of "safe spaces." We are said to be at risk of social dangers. Sometimes these dangers are labeled denialism (in which someone's identity isn't recognized) or triggering speech (speech that sets off traumatic responses in unwitting listeners). The way some students at elite colleges combat these social dangers is to create, or demand the creation of, safe spaces. And just as often, students demand that their entire campus become a safe space. Hence the wrong kind of speech is re-labeled as violence. The space only...
  • Valdosta State University (GA) Shuts Down Ahead of (Pro) Flag Protest

    04/24/2015 9:24:47 AM PDT · by fifedom · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 24 2015 | Elizabeth Chuck
    Protests have been going on all week (after) Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart, was briefly detained during the flag-trampling protest for taking the flag and refusing to return it. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told the Valdosta Daily Times that thousands of people who "just want to come down here and support the American flag" are expected to descend on Valdosta State University.
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: Sheriff Clarke Weighs In

    04/23/2015 11:52:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | David French
    Among the many questions I’ve received in response to my article on the Wisconsin “John Doe” raids is, “What should happen when executing a search warrant on a home?” If the police are asked to search a home, and there’s no indication of a physical threat, how should they conduct themselves? While the Left has been mostly silent in response to the story, some lefty commenters have responded by asserting that’s simply how searches are conducted. In other words, if the police search a home, that’s how they do it. I reached out to Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke,...
  • Some Thoughts and Questions

    04/22/2015 4:25:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    What's the true test of one's commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees. Not by a long shot. The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when he permits others to say and publish ideas he deems offensive. In March, a video surfaced of a racist chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers at the University of Oklahoma, a public university. It has brought widespread condemnation and the fraternity's suspension. Two fraternity students have been expelled. The University of Oklahoma's president,...
  • Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties

    04/16/2015 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Six months ago, I would have told you that April 15, the date when campaigns report their first-quarter fund-raising tallies, could be one of the most interesting early milestones of the Republican primary season. I think I even told my boss, admittedly with hyperbole, that the Q1 report of a year preceding a presidential election was the most important fund-raising report in American politics. In 2007, it was when we learned that Barack Obama could match the supposedly inevitable Hillary Rodham Clinton in fund-raising, and that John McCain wasn’t a real front-runner for the Republican nomination (although he managed to...