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  • Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

    04/16/2015 11:18:05 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 48 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 04/16/15 | Staff
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) – A west Michigan business owner claims he’s been the target of death threats after he announced he won’t serve gays. Brian Klawiter, who owns Dieseltec Automotive Repair in Grandville, posted a message on his business’ Facebook page saying that he is a Christian, and that his company does not welcome “immoral behavior” — including homosexuality. “Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist.
  • APNewsBreak: AG says Bible can’t be official Tennessee book

    04/13/2015 11:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 8:33 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions. (Attorney General Herbert) Slatery in the opinion cites the provision in the Tennessee Constitution that states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religion establishment or mode of worship.” …
  • Video on Muslim bakers points to double standard on gay weddings

    04/04/2015 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    It turns out some Muslim-owned bakeries are no more willing to create wedding cakes for same-sex ceremonies than their Christian counterparts. Conservative podcast host Steven Crowder posted hidden-camera video Thursday showing employees at several Muslim-owned bakeries in Dearborn, Michigan, declining his business or referring him to other shops when he asked for a wedding cake with the message “Ben and Steven forever.” Which was fine with Mr. Crowder. “I’m not even saying these Muslim bakeries shouldn’t have a right to do whatever they did — they absolutely should — and many more of them would than Christian bakeries,” he said...
  • The 3 percent’s definition of morality mirrors communism, Islamic State

    04/03/2015 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    The hullabaloo over false information being propagated about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) reveals a much more serious underlying problem in America. Morality according to the 3 Percent (the gay community in America) is defined by imposing conformity, control, coercion, and oppression over those who disagree with their definition of equality, fairness, tolerance, or even love. The 3 Percent’s “outrage” cannot be about equal rights, as same-sex couples already benefit from civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption and fostering children, in addition to receiving health benefits and other legal rights. Nor can it be about fairness. I recently...
  • Professor: Indiana RFRA ‘Fix’ Could Send Christians to Jail

    04/02/2015 11:01:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Austin Ruse
    The greatly anticipated “fix” to the Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.Rienzi, of the Becket Fund and Catholic University School of Law and who was lead attorney in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that upheld a claim under the federal religious freedom law, said this would “criminalize religious objectors.”
  • Litigation Is Beginning to Free Up Speech on Campus

    04/02/2015 8:48:19 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is busy making good on its promise to fight for students’ free speech rights through a massive litigation campaign. Since last year, FIRE’s Stand Up For Free Speech effort has filed nine First Amendment lawsuits against campuses that quash the First Amendment, according to its website. Four of the cases have already enjoyed successes in FIRE’s favor, and the others continue to wind their way through the court system. FIRE’s early victories in its litigation campaign illustrate that colleges’ limits on free speech are onerous and unconstitutional. But the battle continues.
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was “patently frivolous.” Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...
  • 2016 Republican hopefuls rush to defense of Indiana religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 6:47:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A throng of likely Republican presidential contenders came to the defense Monday of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the state’s religious-freedom law, signaling a sharp contrast with Democrats on an issue that could extend into the 2016 race.
  • Freep Idiot Mayor of Indianapolis Greg Ballard (317) 327-3601, FB & Twitter @MayorBallard

    03/30/2015 8:53:15 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 9 replies
    It's obvious to me that Mayor Ballard cares more about Corporate Cash & the NCAA Final 4 than the 1st Amendment. He's either a progressive or too stupid to not realize that this a phony Democrats Smear Campaign and should support Gov Pence.
  • "Silent Conquest" - The end of freedom of speech in the West.

    03/30/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by Chasaway · 42 replies
    Various, including Amazon | 2013 | A D Fishman, A. Fishman
    Chilling, scary movie about the creep of Sharia law and loss of free speech rights throughout the west. Narrated by Fred Grandy. Mark Steyn, Daniel Pipes, Frank Gaffney, Lars Hedegaard, Geert Wilder all appear.
  • 'Gay cake' case: Row could have wider implications for shop owners, court hears

    03/30/2015 4:49:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News - Northern Ireland ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Mark Simpson
    The 'gay cake' controversy could have implications for shop owners with religious beliefs, a court has heard. A barrister for County Antrim firm Ashers Baking Company said if they lost the discrimination case there would be wide-reaching consequences. He said it would mean a Muslim printer could not refuse to print a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The case has been taken by a gay rights activist, Gareth Lee. He placed the order for the cake with Ashers. The barrister for Mr Lee said that businesses needed to make clear in advance what they would and would not do. He...
  • Feds Financing System to ‘Automatically Detect’ Cyberbullying

    03/28/2015 12:13:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a “critical social problem.” The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied. ... Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, is leading the project. “I have worked on multiple projects including designing a novel media sharing application, detecting patterns in large scale Twitter feeds, and analyzing community behavior in social media to design...
  • 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...
  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/22/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 106 replies
    AP ^ | March 22, 2015
    Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive.
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • FCC: Broadband Providers Not Entitled to First Amendment Protections

    03/13/2015 6:09:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 74 replies
    CNS ^ | March 12, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    Two weeks after passage, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally released its landmark “net neutrality” regulations Thursday morning. Among its many determinations, the FCC stated that broadband providers do not enjoy First Amendment protections because they do not have a right to free speech. “The rules we adopt today do not curtail broadband providers’ free speech rights,” the commission said on page 268 of its decision, noting that because they merely serve as a means for others to express themselves, broadband providers are not entitled to free speech rights themselves. “When engaged in broadband Internet access services, broadband providers are...
  • What speech is going to justify expulsion next, if the OU / SAE expulsion is accepted as proper?

    03/11/2015 4:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment. And here’s one reason why. Consider the president’s statement to the students: “You will be expelled because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others.” Similar things could be said about a vast range of other speech. Students talking to each other about a student group event about how Hamas has it right? (The...
  • Congratulations, University of Oklahoma, In Your Outrage You Just Violated the Law

    03/11/2015 6:49:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2015 | David French
    This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn’t “unconscious” racism or “coded” racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit “de-committed” to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest. To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what...
  • Top 10 liberal lies about the Constitution

    03/08/2015 7:48:37 AM PDT · by aquapub · 35 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/8/15 | Robert Moon
    It is a matter of record that the Constitution was ratified as a strict, narrowly-defined enumeration of federal powers. Anything not specifically spelled out in it as a federal power is a federal power that does not exist, and that must be left to the state and local levels. The Framers identified each Congressional power in Article I, Section 8 (why would they do this if the General Welfare and Commerce clauses granted Congress a blank check to do whatever it wants?), and even added the 10th Amendment to further clarify that this is all it is authorized to do...
  • A year after refusing to provide cake for gay ‘wedding,’ Christian bakery closes

    03/05/2015 8:55:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    LifeSite ^ | March 5, 2015 | Kirsten Andersen
    An Indianapolis bakery that drew national media attention a year ago after refusing to make a cake for a same-sex “wedding” has closed its doors. Randy and Trish McGath, the owners of the former 111 Cakery, said they closed the business down because Trish, the shop’s primary baker, was tired and wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren. The work was “wearing [Trish] out,” said Randy, who has since transitioned to a job selling recreational vehicles. Last March, the McGaths endured a campaign of internet harassment by homosexual activists after a local television station reported that the couple had...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • "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 to Order Groups to Refer Girls Reporting Sexual Assault to Facilities That Provide Abortions

    02/26/2015 11:31:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | February 25, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Quietly on Christmas Eve, the Obama administration changed the rules on handling refugee children who enter the country without their parents and report being victims of sexual assault. All refugee aid groups, including Catholic and other Christian groups, will now be required to refer those girls to facilities that provide abortions. Religious groups that work with refugees are concerned that the new rules may require them to give up federal funding. Dr. Susan Yoshihara of the New York and Washington DC-based Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam) first reported the change last week: “Faith-based groups say this is a...
  • Eleventh-hour drama for net neutrality rules

    02/24/2015 5:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the hill ^ | 02/24/15 | Julian Hattem
    A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday. Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of his provisions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said. The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down. It’s an ironic spot for...
  • HHS Will Require Caretakers of Unaccompanied Children to Provide Abortion-Inducing Drugs

    02/24/2015 11:41:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is advancing federal regulations that require federally funded organizations caring for illegal alien minors who are in the United States without their parents (Unaccompanied Children or UC) and who may have been sexually abused access to “emergency contraception” services. “Emergency contraception” includes abortion-inducing drugs. These care providers currently include Catholic and other faith-based organizations that oppose abortion, according to the Center for Family and Human Rights or C-FAM, a Catholic advocacy group. The Interim Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 24,...
  • Obama's a 'fairy' – and I'm free to say so

    02/24/2015 5:13:00 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/24/2015 | Mychal Massie
    Political correctness is the bludgeon cultural Marxists wield to demagogue the craven into obedience. It is the meme employed that ensures the acceptable form of social engineering. I reject “political correctness” in all of its constructs and have pledged to myself that I will never succumb to what amounts to a veiled unconstitutional attempt to enslave the nation on a plantation of forced group think, group speak and group behavior. Such was the gist of a conversation I recently had with Susan Highfield. She suffered under the fallacious idea that certain speech was permissible only for her to use. She...
  • 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
  • Florist refuses attorney general’s options to settle lawsuit over same-sex weddings

    02/23/2015 7:32:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has offered florist Barronelle Stutzman a deal: She can cater to same-sex weddings or she can stop doing weddings altogether. Of course, there’s always a third option: She can go out of business. Ms. Stutzman, the 70-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, is opting for none of the above. “Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about,” Ms. Stutzman said in a letter to Mr. Ferguson. “It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything...
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides’ free speech appeal

    02/23/2015 9:36:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 10:01 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings that said the licensing requirements do not violate the First Amendment. …
  • Judge Rules Against Grandma Florist For Refusing To Service Gay Wedding

    02/19/2015 6:48:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2015 | Casey Harper
    A Washington grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, a judge ruled Wednesday. On top of that, the woman, Barronelle Stutzman, will have to pay the legal penalties imposed by the judge as well as attorney’s fees. Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled in a summary judgement that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Ekstrom ruled that the gay couple could collect penalties not just from her business, but also from her personally, according to Alliance Defending Freedom,...
  • 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!
  • Oregon Judge: Baker Who Ran Business Based on Her Christian Faith Discriminated Against Lesbians

    02/15/2015 11:45:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – An administrative law judge in Oregon has ruled against Melissa Klein’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a lesbian couple after Klein declined to make their wedding cake because of her biblical belief that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman. A hearing in March will now determine what fines will be levied against Klein for “damages” suffered by the lesbians. Attorneys for Klein, owner with her husband Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., had sought to have the case dismissed and to be awarded $200,000 in legal...
  • FEC Discussing Plans to Block Political Speech Published via YouTube, Blogs, Drudge Report, etc.

    02/12/2015 7:29:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Liberty News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Eric Odom
    The federal government, taking pages from the playbooks of Communist nations like China, is preparing regulations that will have profound impacts on free speech online. If the regulations succeed via the Federal Elections Committee, any posts, videos or news stories posted in support or opposition of a candidate will be considered a political contribution. The FEC closely regulates contribution limits, meaning that blogs and Youtubers would have their free speech capped once their content value surpasses the spending limit. In other words, your posts, comments or videos supporting or opposing a candidate will be treated like donations or campaign independent...
  • Battle Over Satanic Coloring Books Prompts School Board to Ban Bibles (Orange County FL)

    02/12/2015 1:48:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 11 2015, 9:36 am
    A Florida school board has made a controversial decision to ban the distribution of religious and political material in its schools. The Orange County School Board previously allowed copies of the Bible in their schools, but they decided to reconsider the policy after receiving a request from the Satanic Temple to hand out Satanic coloring books. The board decided that to avoid legal action, it had to ban Bibles and any other religious material from being passed out to students. …
  • Cruz: 'Mitt Romney Didn't Show Up on Broadway Trying to Blow Up' Book of Mormon

    02/11/2015 5:19:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    At a “Defeat Jihad Summit” hosted by the Center for Security Policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) noted Wednesday that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, did not travel to New York launch a terrorist attack on “The Book of Mormon."“Right now on Broadway, a play is showing, the Book of Mormon, that is ridiculing and making fun of the Mormon faith," said Cruz. "Last I checked, Mitt Romney didn’t show up on Broadway trying to blow up the stage." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"It is not a permissible response for anyone of any faith to say if you disagree with or...
  • Muslim Day to be held at Oklahoma Capitol

    02/06/2015 8:21:56 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 41 replies
    koco.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Ariana Garza
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Muslim Day at the Capitol will be held at the end of the month for members of the religion to learn more about state government and become more familiar with their lawmakers. The Oklahoma chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations organized the event for the first time this year. News of the event did encounter backlash on social media, however. “It’s kind of depressing to see such hatred and negativity, especially about practicing a right that’s fundamentally American,” said CAIR Executive Director Adam Soltani. Comments were made on social media such as “I’m sick of...
  • Constitutional senior lecturer-in-chief misunderstands the First Amendment

    02/06/2015 4:57:15 AM PST · by AJFavish · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    According to the Washington Times, President Barack Obama made statements at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015 that establish that Obama has a fundamental misunderstanding of the United States Constitution's First Amendment, which among other things protects freedom of speech. The Times reported:
  • Pew: Two-thirds of reporters say Obama administration spies on them

    02/05/2015 12:49:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | February 5, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    In a survey of investigative reporters that makes Richard Nixon’s enemies list look like child's play, nearly seven in 10 said they believe that the Obama administration has spied on their phone calls, emails and online searches. According to a Pew Research Center survey of 454 media figures, 64 percent “believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data” from their calls and email and eight in 10 believe just being a journalist jumps the chance Uncle Sam is spying on them. The survey follows multiple reports of actual spying by federal officials on reporters, and the White House’s effort...
  • Christian Bakers Face Government Wrath For Refusing To Make Cake For Gay Wedding

    02/03/2015 7:41:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 03, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Christian Bakers Face Government Wrath For Refusing To Make Cake For Gay Wedding By Todd Starnes February 03, 2015 Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, and now they must pay for their crime. An Oregon administrative law judge ruled on Jan. 29 that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa did, in fact, discriminate in 2013 when they declined to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because it would have violated their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage. The judge’s ruling paves the way for a March 10 hearing at which...
  • Trayvon Martin’s father to keynote ‘black excellence’ gala

    02/03/2015 7:57:23 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    theamericanmirror.com ^ | 2/2/2015 | Olaf Ekberg
    Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, will speak at Texas Tech’s Black Excellence Gala, according to KFYO. The event is being hosted by the Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, to commemorate Black History month. “We are more than excited to bring Tracy Martin to Texas Tech to aid in the efforts of diversity the university is working toward,” said Bobby Akinboro, social chairman of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in a news release. “We hope this event brings about a revitalization of humanity of all people, no matter race.”
  • 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. Alvarez’s 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 · 31 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 board’s 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 nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defenses forces, the White House’s 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 House’s 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-Press’s 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 newspaper’s 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 driver’s 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 Radio’s “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.