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  • Obama’s DOJ Can’t Say Criticizing Religion Will Remain Legal (Video at Link)

    09/17/2012 6:05:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    NRO ^ | September 17, 2012 5:48 P.M.
    The exchange below, between Representative Trent Franks and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, occurred in late July, but is particularly relevant today. Representatvie Franks tries to extract an assurance from Perez that the Obama administration will not push a proposal to criminalize speech “against any religion.” He has a tough time doing so.
  • Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression

    09/17/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 17, 2012 | David Catron
    It didn't begin with the attempt to censor Google and it will get worse if the President is re-elected. Last week, we learned that the White House has been pressuring Google to censor a video about Muhammad because it has allegedly incited violence in Libya. Google refused, but the very request is a useful reminder of the President's disdain for the democratic process and the principles of free expression upon which it stands. It suggests that, even if his policies were not a catalogue of failure, giving him another term would constitute a clear and present danger to the republic....
  • Enemies without, enemies within and the battle for free speech

    09/17/2012 10:07:08 AM PDT · by The Shrew · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 17, 2012 | Scott Swett
    As the fires burn across the Middle East, Barack Obama and his surrogates loudly insist that the wave of Islamic attacks on American interests, including the brutal murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, has all been caused by a YouTube video. As many observers have noted, this tactic is useful in deflecting attention from the administration's security failures, but it also serves a more sinister purpose: facilitating the suppression of political speech in America.
  • Hey Liberals, Non-Muslims Are Not the Problem

    09/16/2012 9:58:11 PM PDT · by Tabi Katz · 9 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | September 15, 2012 | Chris Graham
    On September 13, actress Bette Midler wrote on her Twitter page, “Who are the idiots who made the video and put it on YouTube? When do we meet them? They should be charged with murder.” The video she is referring to is, as I’m sure you know, the ultra-low-budget anti-Islam film that the media and the White House are saying “caused” the rioting in Cairo, Libya, and other Muslim-dominated cities.. Here’s the way liberal logic works: Somebody offended some Muslim; those Muslims killed some innocent people; the anti-Muslim film and those who made it are accomplices in the murder of...
  • religion and free speech

    09/16/2012 4:22:37 AM PDT · by ninstints · 7 replies
    mine | today | ninstints
    I am of the opinion that no human or human invention or human system of belief is above introspection, criticism, question or satire, none. Everyone’s belief system has flaws, Islam is no different, it is not above investigation, it is not above nor question of the people that deliver the text or messages. The prophet was a man, subject to the same temptations each and everyone of us have, and he was not perfect. Open and honest conversations regarding the prophet and Islam are not hate speech, or anti-Islam. They are just open and honest observations regarding the beliefs and...
  • FIRST-PERSON: There is no right to not be offended

    09/15/2012 4:34:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Kelly Boggs
    "The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended cannot coexist," rightly observed Philip Sharp. It seems, however, that the "unrealistic expectation" cited by the retired U.S. Army Ranger and author is being viewed increasingly as a right. The belief that individuals have a "right" to not be offended seems to be gaining momentum in the United States. As this concept grows in popularity it is set to challenge one of America's first freedoms -- the freedom of speech. If the "right" against offense ever triumphs, if it is ever enshrined in law, free speech, of...
  • Saudi Arabia & Egypt’s Grand Mufti Calls For (UN) Intl Law Criminalizing Blasphemy…

    09/15/2012 12:46:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 15, 2012
    Not gonna happen.Via Arab News: The KingdomÂ’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh called on the international community to criminalize acts of abusing great prophets and messengers such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all), according to a statement issued today.The statement was issued in response film in the United States denigrating Islam and ridiculing the Prophet (pbuh).Al-Asheikh also appealed to the Ummah to react to any attempt to denigrate Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by strictly adhering to the values advocated by the Prophet (pbuh) instead of unleashing violence against innocent people, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The...
  • Obama Adviser: ‘References to Size, Power or Sexual Potency…Could be Banned From Automobile

    03/02/2012 3:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/2/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    John P. Holdren, the White House science adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote in a book he co-authored with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich that “ways must be found to control advertising” and that possible means for doing so would be banning utility companies from promoting the use of energy and prohibiting “references to size, power or sexual potency” in automobile advertising. “Advertising now functions in large part to keep the economy growing by creating demand for a wide variety of often useless, dangerous or environmentally destructive products,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.
  • The Video Didn’t Do It

    09/15/2012 1:27:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lee Smith
    It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran, or last week, that chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey took his turn to call Jones to ask him to stop publicizing a YouTube video, The Innocence of Muslims. But then on Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told the world that the violent protests in Cairo and Ben­ghazi and elsewhere were a “response not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people,” but were...
  • Obama administration can’t get its embassy story straight

    09/14/2012 3:01:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Jay Carney in the White House briefing room today: (VIDEO AT LINK) This is, to put it bluntly, horrifying. At the very least it is incoherent. On one hand, the White House press secretary says we know the attacks are completely about a film, and not about the U.S. . . . but then we don’t have any information it wasn’t about a film. Have we done some investigation? What about reports that people storming our embassies hadn’t seen or hear about the film? And does the administration not understand that radical jihadists use such incidents to spur Muslims to...
  • Flagged (Obama submits to the Brotherhood...)

    09/14/2012 12:31:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09-14-2012 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama has bowed to the Muslim Brotherhood’s demand that the federal government suppress a satirical video of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told the Washington Post that the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.” The request complies with the Sept. 13 demand and threat by the brotherhood, which now governs the Arab’s world’s largest country, Egypt. “Hurting the feelings of one and a half billion Muslims cannot be tolerated, and… we...
  • White House asked YouTube to 'review' anti-Muslim film

    09/14/2012 10:39:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    politico44 ^ | 9/14/12 | BYRON TAU
    The Obama administration asked YouTube to review the trailer for the anti-Muslim film 'Innocence of Muslims,' officials confirmed Friday. "The White House asked YouTube to review the video to see if it was in compliance with their terms of use," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in an email.
  • Obama off script (again)

    09/14/2012 5:18:56 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Graham
    When a president of the United States has to give an interview declaring explicitly that he supports the First Amendment — you know he screwed up somewhere. There was President Barack Obama on Air Force One yesterday, telling CBS’ Steve Kroft, “We believe in the First Amendment.” According to a transcript provided by the White House, Obama added, “We are always going to uphold the rights of individuals to speak their mind.” This must have come as shocking news to the redneck reverend down in Florida who had just gotten a phone call from Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs...
  • Internal Emails Show Law Journal Rejected Article Because Author Was ‘Incredibly Conservative’

    09/13/2012 4:06:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 13, 2012 | Randy Hall
    When we discuss liberal bias in the media here at NewsBusters, we usually refer to items on television news programs or stories in newspapers across the country, but left-wing intolerance and bias against those who disagree is present in many other facets of our culture, particularly in academia. The latest example of this intolerance for dissent comes out of Harvard University where law students there editing a journal declined to publish an article that was submitted because its author was “incredibly conservative” which made the editors uncomfortable, especially since he had done some work in the past for the hated...
  • DOD: Gen. Martin Dempsey opted to phone Florida pastor

    09/13/2012 3:06:36 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 Sep 12 | KATE BRANNEN
    <p>The military’s top uniformed leader decided on his own to phone an extremist Florida pastor linked to an inflammatory anti-Islamic online video, the Pentagon said Thursday – no one else asked him to do so.</p> <p>Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Florida pastor Terry Jones on Wednesday to ask him to withdraw his support for the video that some reports have linked with anti-American unrest in the Muslim world, a spokesman said.</p>
  • Islamophobia as free speech -- a notion that escapes many Muslims

    09/13/2012 7:41:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 13, 2012 | Carol J. Williams
    "..............................Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader elected Egyptian head of state after the fall of the 30-year autocracy of Hosni Mubarak, called on the United States on Wednesday to prosecute the makers of the purported film, "Innocence of Muslims,"from which a 14-minute trailer posted on YouTube was said to be taken... The video clips, which depict the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a savage and a sexual deviant,set off a heated debate in the United States about the intersection of the 1st Amendment right to free expression and the dangerous consequences of hate speech and religious intolerance. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney...
  • Morsi says Egyptians reject 'unlawful acts'(tells 0bama to end Free Speech)

    09/13/2012 4:05:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/12
    Morsi, who was making his first visit to the West, also harshly criticized the film. "We condemn strongly ... all those who launch such provocations and who stand behind that hatred," Morsi said, adding that he had asked Obama "to put an end to such behavior
  • Obama caves to Romney, embraces free speech for critics of Islam

    09/13/2012 12:22:41 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama used Air Force One to conduct a policy loop-de-loop Wednesday, asserting in a CBS interview that he supports Americans’ right to criticize Islam, following almost 18 hours of determined condemnation from Team Romney and damaging news from Egypt and Libya. “We believe in the First Amendment,” Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft during an interview arranged days earlier. “It is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution that I’m sworn to uphold, and so we are always going to uphold the rights for individuals to speak their mind,” he said, according to a transcript narrated by White House...
  • Libya: there is good reason to ban the hateful anti-Muhammad YouTube clips

    09/12/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2012 | Andrew Brown
    The material I have viewed, said to be linked to the US embassy attack, is purely and simply an incitement to religious hatred. I have just watched a YouTube video of clips from a film which, it is claimed, provoked the attack on the American embassy in Libya. It is impossible to completely authenticate them at this stage, or exclude the possibility the clips could have been doctored in some way by the uploaders. However, we do know that the film has been linked to riots in Egypt and the attack in Benghazi in which four embassy staff, including the...
  • Engage in Free Speech about Islam Here! (Vanity)

    09/12/2012 8:40:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 56 replies
    Please use this thread to exercise your G-d given right to Free Speech, secured by our constitution. A right unexercised is a right denied! Come on by and say whatever you wish about Islam! Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.