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  • Journalism school dean: The First Amendment ends at insulting Mohammed

    01/22/2015 8:40:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.To be precise here, though, DeWayne Wickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that...
  • Boston.com editor fired after article ridiculing Boehner

    01/15/2015 6:03:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2015 5:42 PM EST
    A Boston.com associate editor was fired for a story disparaging threats against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Victor Paul Alvarez told The Associated Press in an email he was fired Thursday. He said he apologized to his bosses for the terrible mistake. A former bartender is charged with threatening to kill Boehner with a gun or by poisoning his drink. Alvarezs story suggested Boehner had a drinking problem and questioned whether Boehner's pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.
  • EVENT: Stand For Free Speech In Garland! (Texas)

    01/14/2015 5:23:23 PM PST · by Windflier · 30 replies
    The Grassroots Texans Network ^ | 14 January 2015 | Ken Emanuelson
    Received this alert via email today: Begins: Saturday, January 17 2015 at 5:00 PM Location: Curtis Culwell Center Address: 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd Garland, TX 75040 American Freedom Defense Initiative to hold Stand With Free Speech demo outside anti-free speech Stand With the Prophet conference. Je suis Charlie! NEW YORK, January 13: The human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) today announced that it will be holding a demonstration in defense of the freedom of speech on Saturday, January 17 in Garland, Texas, outside a conference on Islamophobia that seeks to stifle opposition to jihad terror and...
  • NYT editor: Cartoons blaspheming Mohammed are different from anti-semitic cartoons

    01/14/2015 3:09:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    The double standard laid bare. If you’re a devout believer of whichever faith and eager to see less blasphemy in the media, as many Americans are, there’s no other conclusion to draw here than, “I need to be much, much angrier.” The image of the prophet Mohammed, however, seems to occupy its own category, with its own rules. Last week, Baquet told me via email that as editor of the Times he had to consider “the Muslim family in Brooklyn who read us and is offended by any depiction of what he sees as his prophet.” [sic] When I...
  • New Policy Forces Homeschooled Kids to Justify Their Religious Beliefs (Virginia)

    01/13/2015 11:13:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 13, 2015 11:42 am
    Virginia parents are outraged over a new policy that demands homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs to a school board within 30 days of their 14th birthday. The controversial rule passed by the Goochland County School Board states, Any student who together with his/her parents seeks an exemption from compulsory attendance due to their bona fide religious training or beliefs must submit a written application to the school board, setting forth the reasons for the request. [] The Home School Legal Defense Association says the school boards policy violates Virginia state law, which allows children undergoing religious training to be...
  • White House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles

    01/13/2015 9:30:27 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nations journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nations defenses forces, the White Houses press secretary said Jan. 12. The president will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform whenever journalists work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White Houses daily briefing.
  • Former Cracked Editor Lampoons Muhammed And Media In One Awesome Image

    01/12/2015 1:16:53 PM PST · by absentee · 33 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/12/2015 | Caleb Howe
    Full size image below. It is not necessary for me to recount for you the events in Paris, the controversy that led up to them, or the consequences in the last week. This you already know. The whole world knows. It is enough to say that, in the name of Islam, terrorists murdered. In response to satire, terrorists, attacked. In the presence of free speech, terror tried to silence. As the millions marching in Paris and other cities around the world yesterday attest, the free nations of this earth are not prepared to give up their freedom. Not just yet.
  • California newspaper office vandalized over use of illegal immigrant label

    01/09/2015 12:56:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2015
    A California newspaper will continue to use the term illegals to describe people who enter the U.S. without permission, despite an attack on its building by vandals believed to object to the term. The Santa Barbara News-Presss front entrance was sprayed with the message The border is illegal, not the people who cross it in red paint, sometime either Wednesday night or early Thursday, according to the newspapers director of operations, Donald Katich. The attack came amid wider objections to a News-Press headline that used the word illegals alongside a story on California granting drivers licenses to people in the...
  • Attkisson DOJ Suit Will Get Agents Names Who Planted Cable at Home

    01/08/2015 10:55:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/8/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Radios John Gibson Show, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson explained she is suing the Department of Justice to get discovery, which she said hopefully will start with the names of the agents or third-party contractors sometimes hired for certain dark projects, who hacked her computer and planted a fiber optics cable at her house.
  • Maryland councilman: Don't use my name in article without my permission

    01/06/2015 8:43:23 AM PST · by redreno · 27 replies
    http://chicago.suntimes.com ^ | Posted: 01/06/2015, 08:28am | Chad Merda
    One council member in Maryland not only didnt want to comment on a story, but he also doesnt want his name in any news articles about him. The issue stems from an article Frederick News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers wrote about concerns Kirby Delauter, a Frederick County Councilman, and fellow Councilman Billy Shreve had over County Council parking spaces. Delauter declined to comment for the article, which isnt out of the ordinary for a public official. But what he did next, is. Shame on Bethany Rodgers for unauthorized use of my name and my reference in her article today, Delauter posted...
  • Judge: Clerks Have Duty to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses [Florida Media Has Priapism]

    01/02/2015 3:26:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 1/1/15 | Jennifer Kay
    A federal judge says that Florida's county court clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he has stopped short of ordering them to do so. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a ruling Thursday in Tallahassee federal court responding to requests to clarify his previous order that Florida's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. He stayed that order, but the stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day Monday.
  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 76 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • Rashad Hussain Reportedly Yanked From OIC Chicago Conference

    10/05/2010 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    SNIPPET: "Things apparently did not go smoothly at last week's Chicago conference on "Islam and Muslims in America," which was sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). President Obama's special envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain, had been scheduled to address the event, held at the American Islamic College. But after news reports highlighted his participation, Hussain reportedly withdrew at the last minute, citing a "scheduling conflict." This earned him an angry rebuke from websites like this (which the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report asserts is "an arm of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.")" Read more at: http://www.investigativeproject.org/blog/2010/10/rashad-hussain-reportedly-yanked-from-oic-chicago
  • Judge Blasts School Board for Unlawfully Arresting Concerned Father! (follow-up)

    12/23/2014 5:48:39 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    eagle rising ^ | 23 December 2014 | Tim Brown
    If you recall, back in May, William Baer was arrested after voicing opposition to a school board meeting about a controversial book by Jodi Picoult titled Nineteen Minutes, a story about a school shooting that contained pornographic content. It was also required reading for ninth graders. Now a New Hampshire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge has blasted the school board for "silencing" him and arresting him, which was a violation of Mr. Baer's free speech.
  • D.C. council eliminates religious schools protection from gay discrimination suits

    12/16/2014 12:42:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/15/14 | Lisa Bourne
    A vote December 2 by the Washington, D.C., City Council could compel private religious schools and universities in the nations capital to allow groups that oppose the schools moral values access to their campuses, programs, and funds. The council voted to eliminate faith-based schools 25-year-old legal protections from discrimination lawsuits as part of a human rights amendment. Barring an act of Congress, D.C.s religious schools will likely have to go against their religious values when it comes to permitting use to their campuses or programs. The citys rules hold that its unlawful discriminatory practice to limit any use of facilities,...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • St. Paul school sued after sixth-grader banned from handing out anti-abortion fliers

    04/27/2013 8:25:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-26-13 | Mila Koumpilova
    A parent at St. Paul's Nova Classical Academy alleges the charter school violated his sixth-grade daughter's right to free speech when administrators prohibited her from passing out anti-abortion fliers. The parent, Nicholas Zinos of St. Paul, has sued the school in federal court on behalf of the girl. Nova policy requires administrator approval before students hand out or post materials at school, the lawsuit states. In a letter to Zinos, the school's top administrator said the school has come to limit political, religious and controversial speech to its high school students in response to parental concerns. The lawsuit alleges the...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called The Book: The Bibles History, Narrative and Impact, was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not commit to providing legal...
  • Maryland County To Churches: Preach Environmentalism And Get A Tax Break

    11/19/2014 11:01:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of impervious surface they have on their property. Roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots qualify for the rainwater remediation fee to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Though the OMalley administration calls it a fee, it is commonly called the rain tax throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month....
  • RationalWiki: American Thinker is a Wingnut Publication

    11/19/2014 4:53:03 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/19/2014 | Paul Austin Murphy
    A RationalWiki piece informs its very-intelligent readers that American Thinker is a wingnut publication. In a sub-link which explains the word wingnut, moonbat RationalWiki says that not all conservatives are wingnuts. Nonetheless, American Thinker is a wingnut publication. That must mean that RationalWiki believes that American Thinker isn't even a good kind of conservative publication. Bad conservatives, apparently, are reactionary or radical right: unlike the good ones.
  • Philly Jesus arrested in Philadelphia as supporters launch Twitter campaign

    11/16/2014 6:51:54 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 8 replies
    DailyMail online ^ | 15 nov 2014 | Joel Christie
    Street performer Michael Grant - AKA Philly Jesus - was arrested Friday in Philadelphia's LOVE Park... He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse after refusing a cop's order to leave the park... Grant says he had every right to stay in the park and does not solicit money... Hundreds of online supports have started a #FreePhillyJesus to have Grant's charges dropped...
  • It's Almost Official: The Democrats Are the Party of the Devil

    11/12/2014 7:54:11 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    Perhaps the first clue, or the ten thousandth, was when many Democrats opposed the reinsertion of God into their partys platform in 2012 and booed the judgment that the measure to do so had passed. But now its all but official: The Democrats are the party of the Devil. Heres the story, courtesy of CBS Boston: Ruth Provencal is a devout Catholic whose favorite phrase when saying goodbye has now thrust her into controversy. I would say thank you for voting, God Bless you, Provencal explains. After serving as an election volunteer five times, the 67-year-old was told to stay...
  • John Doe lawsuit could be headed to U.S. Supreme Court (WI)

    11/12/2014 6:22:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Rporter ^ | 11-12-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Frustrated by one federal court, conservative activists in the crosshairs of a partisan Wisconsin prosecutor say theyll take their First Amendment case to the Supreme Court. Andrew Grossman, an attorney for veteran political activist Eric OKeefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, said he hopes the high court will settle questions tied to political speech and Wisconsins politically charged John Doe investigation. The petition of certiorari, as its called, is due by Jan. 21. Its been a long and winding road to the high court. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa had argued the conservatives showed that...
  • Obama grants interview to China state-run media

    11/11/2014 12:55:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama plans to discuss differences with Chinese President Xi Jinping directly and candidly, he said in a written interview with Chinas state-run Xinhua news agency. Obama regularly conducts such written interviews with prominent news organizations in the countries where he travels, but the decision to talk to an organ of the Chinese government could raise eyebrows amid continuing concerns over Beijings human rights record. At a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday, Obama said he continued to have concerns about Chinas actions. There are certain things that the United States believes. We believe in freedom...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • NAVY CHAPLAIN WHO FOUGHT FOR PRAYER ELECTED IN COLORADO

    11/08/2014 5:26:57 PM PST · by Maudeen · 31 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/8/2014 | Michael Carl
    A former Navy chaplain who made headlines for being court martialed for praying in Jesus name has been elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives. Former Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, nicknamed Chaps, won the seat Tuesday in Colorado House District 15 with more than 70 percent of the vote. His work will begin in January.
  • star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher.....

    11/04/2014 2:50:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 4 November 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on the subway in New York Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria unleashed an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on a New York subway train on Tuesday morning. The outburst was captured by fellow commuters on the train who filmed the 56-year-old actress - who plays Big Boo on the Netflix prison comedy - tell a man he has 'no right' to preach about the Bible on the public train. DeLaria - who is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with...
  • Milwaukee schools head to newspaper: Give us a union-friendly reporter or else

    10/30/2014 6:45:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-30-14 | Adam Tobias
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds doesnt like what he calls biased coverage by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel education reporter Erin Richards. So hes asking the states largest newspaper to take Richards off the beat and assign a different journalist to write about Milwaukee Public Schools or else. I just requested that we have somebody whos objective, whos going to give the readers the truth and everything about whats going on we want a new reporter or else were going to cut off all ties with the Journal in terms of communication with them,...
  • California Forces Churches to Fund Abortions

    10/28/2014 5:17:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    First, the mayor of Houston flagrantly violated clergy's First Amendment rights, when she subpoenaed sermons, and she still refuses to rescind her mandate. And now California government officials are forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to fund abortions. What's next? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the California Department of Managed Health Care has required that all insurance plans in the Golden State cover abortions immediately. The kicker is that California churches are no longer exempt from providing such coverage for their employees -- despite the fact that earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare...
  • Berkeley Studets Protest Bill Maher for "Racist" Comments Against Islam, Start Petition to Ban Him

    10/27/2014 1:26:03 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 45 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/27/14 | Aurelius
    ...But he stumbled onto the truth a few months ago, arguing that, indeed, Islamic extremism is a problem that needs to be confronted. The cheering from the Left has stopped. Now, to punish Maher for pointing out the truth, students at UC Berkeley are looking to ban him from the campus and to prevent him from making a speech there. They have started a petition, which now has over 1,500 signatures. The petition, called, "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation," makes a number of accusations about Maher, specifically slamming him for his statements against radical Islam....
  • FEC deadlock keeps Internet free from broadcast campaign ad regulations

    10/26/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The Federal Election Commission deadlocked in a crucial Internet campaign speech vote announced late last week, leaving online political blogging and videos free of many of the reporting requirements attached to broadcast ads for now. All three Republican-backed members voted against restrictions, but they were opposed by the three Democrat-backed panel members, including Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, who said she will lead a push next year to come up with rules for government political speech on the Internet. It would mark a major reversal for the commission, which for nearly a decade has protected the
  • Dems on FEC move to regulate internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

    10/24/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by knak · 64 replies
    In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report. Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FECs rules. A reexamination of the commissions approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due, she said. The powerplay followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote...
  • Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior

    10/21/2014 5:04:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It's time for them to start standing up for religious liberty. The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are stewing in their apathy. It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences. This nightmare began Oct. 7, when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated Idaho's marriage...
  • Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!

    10/21/2014 4:08:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    It all started in September, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman issued an "overly broad" subpoena for the sermons of select ministers who opposed the city's equal rights ordinance. Because of intense national opposition from even Texas' attorney general, this past Wednesday, Parker and Feldman appeared to recant or at least reduce their flagrant overreach and disregard of the ministers' legal protections under the First Amendment. By the weekend, however, the truth came out that they were only using political smoke and mirrors to try to simmer the patriotic fury; they were not changing course to...
  • Religious Liberty Under Attack as City of Houston Subpoenas Church Sermons

    10/19/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by Red6 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The battle over Houston's non-discrimination ordinance has moved from the ballot box to the church pulpit, as a group of pastors fights efforts by the city to subpoena their sermons and private communications with church members. The law, passed last June, was criticized because it could be used to allow men to use women's bathrooms, among other objections. Opponents to the law had collected more than 50,000 signatures to place a repeal measure on the ballot this November, far more than the 17,269 required. However, the City of Houston moved to invalidate the majority of the signatures,...
  • Twitter Blocks #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Campaign That Supports Subpoenaed Houston Pastors

    10/17/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Twitter allegedly blocked a new online campaign designed to support the Houston pastors who were subpoenaed by the city's lawyers demanding that they turn over their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the city's first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The #HoustonWeHaveAProblem campaign and petition were created by Faith Driven Consumer, the same organization that supported and helped to reinstate Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty" after he was thrown off the show for his comments about homosexuality surfaced from a GQ interview.
  • 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 dont mean to point out the obvious herebut what do those attorneys think a sermon is? Its a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the citys attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise ParkerHoustons first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • Christians Cant Accept Houstons Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/17/2014 5:14:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10-16-14 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Public University Cracks Down On Students Handing Out Constitution Outside Free Speech Zone

    10/16/2014 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials and campus cops at Southern Oregon University threatened to call the police on a group of four students who were distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated free speech zone last week. The Constitution kerfuffle occurred last Tuesday at the obscure public school in the middle of nowhere, Campus Reform reports. The students, all affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, ironically were also gathering signatures for a petition to end the taxpayer-funded schools restrictive speech policies. Administrators and school police officers didnt like it. The four students say they were followed by bureaucrats and cops and threatened...
  • HOUSTON MAYOR BACKS OFF FROM SUBPOENAS TO PASTORS

    10/15/2014 10:35:49 PM PDT · by This Just In · 158 replies
    Breitbart-Texas ^ | October 15, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned. Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government. Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use womens restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the citys legal defense of a non-discrimination measure that allows gender-confused people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houstons move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • Burke campaign bars journalist from event with first lady; free press advocates cry foul

    10/09/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter Watchdog ^ | 10-7-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin Reporter was barred from covering a campaign rally Tuesday in Madison for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and featuring first lady Michelle Obama. Melissa Baldauff, communications director for the state Democratic Party, informed Wisconsin Reporter on Monday it wasnt allowed to attend the event at the Overture Center because the online publication isnt a legitimate news source. This marks the second time in about a week the Burke camp has dictated press coverage of a campaign fundraiser in Wisconsin headlined by the first lady. Milwaukee Journal Sentinels Meg Kissinger reported White House and Burke staff tried...
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • Pharmaceuticals decry FDA's social media rules

    09/24/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Pharmaceutical companies say the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new social media rules would have a "chilling" effect on the industry and leave consumers in the dark.The FDA in June released draft guidelines for how drug firms should use social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But pharmaceutical companies are concerned the FDA would hold them responsible for misinformation about their products posted online by third parties that the companies have little to no control over. They say the rules would discourage them from interacting on social networks, leaving consumers without useful information about their products."Given the extraordinary growth of the...
  • Dont Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to ones faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere freedom to...
  • E Pluribus Unum

    09/16/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    On this past 9/11 in Woodruff, South Carolina, several high school students showed up at school with American flags flying from the beds of the pick up trucks they were driving. The school principal confiscated the flags stating, "It was against district policy to draw too much attention to one's vehicle." Well, I don't claim to be the swiftest horse in the corral, so can somebody tell me just what in the hell the principal is taking about? Does it seem to anybody besides me that what the boys were drawing attention to was not their vehicles, but to the...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Moms Demand Action making fudge with facts

    09/13/2014 9:48:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | unknown
    Miguel at Gun Free Zone has a great post about how Moms Demand Action are busy making fudge. Fudge as in fudging the truth into some bastardized facts to promote their flawed message. What flavor of fudge are the Mommies making up in the kitchen? Theyre trying to claim that most every mass shooting incident has not occurred in a gun-free zone. How are they coming up with that? They arent relying on the FBIs definition of a mass shooting, but instead counting crime scenes in private homes.