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  • Christian artists could be jailed for refusing make same sex wedding invitations

    12/03/2016 12:40:11 PM PST · by kevcol · 45 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | December 3, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    A pair of Arizona-based Christian artists is challenging the local law that threatens to fine and imprison them for refusing to make same-sex wedding invitations. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio in Phoenix, lost a case at trial level which accused them of violating a local ordinance that protects homosexuals from discrimination, Fox News reported. The ordinance also prevents the business owners from publicly explaining their convictions or even defending their decision lest they face jail time for that as well. This apparent violation of the First Amendment protection of free speech is at the...
  • Reheating the Hot Button of Flag Burning

    12/01/2016 7:56:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2016 | Mark Davis
    Well, look what’s back: the instantly compelling and ultimately confounding parlor game of “What do we do about flag burning?” Dormant for years, largely because this is something virtually no one ever does, the flag burning issue is back. You could hear it knocking lightly when several idiotic pro athletes decided to lodge their concerns over policing issues by showing public disdain for the flag that is a symbol of the nation that has made them free and wealthy. Throw in the Donald Trump victory, which has dredged up some of the most hateful and juvenile reactions in election history,...
  • Emotional media execs have profanity laced meltdowns over media summit with ‘mean’ Trump

    11/22/2016 3:37:20 PM PST · by mandaladon · 84 replies
    BPR ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | Tom Tillison
    <p>The fall out from media bigwigs on the receiving end of a smack down of epic proportions from President-elect Donald Trump continues, with several participants whining to The New Yorker about how mean Trump was.</p> <p>Four executives who attended the off-the-record meeting are quoted without being identified and if there’s a common theme in the remarks, it may be the liberal application of f-bombs.</p>
  • General Mattis' Appointment Raises Free Speech Concerns

    07/13/2010 8:29:28 AM PDT · by John R. Guardiano · 11 replies
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 10, 2010 | John R. Guardiano
    The appointment of Marine Corps General James N. Mattis to head up Central Command (CENTCOM) is, of course, very good news. Mattis, after all, may well be America’s greatest living general. He certainly is one of the most intellectually formidable advocates of counterinsurgency warfare. However, Mattis’ appointment –- or, to be more precise, the reaction to his appointment amongst reporters and by the Pentagon leadership — raises troubling doubts about whether the American elite understand and are committed to free speech. I say this for two reasons: First because the Pentagon has imposed new and more restrictive rules on military...
  • LifeSiteNews uncovers NARAL’s 7-point plan to destroy crisis pregnancy centers

    01/13/2015 5:41:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE SITE NWS ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    Documents obtained by LifeSiteNews.com uncover a disturbing pattern of public officials colluding with NARAL to hinder the efforts of pro-life pregnancy care centers. But the greatest find is on pages 5-7 of the exchange: A two-page document, on official letterhead, revealing NARAL's seven-point plan to harass CPCs. LifeSiteNews filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Montgomery County, Maryland, to obtain the e-mails, which can be read in their entirety here. At the time, county officials were locked in a legal battle with Centro Tepeyac Silver Spring Women's Center, which they had targeted with an ordinance forcing the pro-life...
  • A New Defense for Religious Liberty: Going on Offense against Bad Laws

    11/18/2016 8:57:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 18, 2016 | David Rosenthal
    It is no secret that religious liberty is under attack. The wedding photographer, florist, and cake baker are no longer able to practice their faith at work without fear of retribution for refusing to fall in line with the new government orthodoxy. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment is designed to ensure that all Americans may freely live out their faith. This is not limited to freedom of worship, but includes the heart, mind, and soul of religious people, thereby guiding how people act in the public square. When a law restricts that first freedom, the American conscience...
  • Donald Trump: Feminist Hero, First Amendment Champion

    11/13/2016 7:10:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Feminists should be celebrating the election of Donald Trump. What Trump did this election cycle should be every feminist’s dream – he ran against a female candidate and treated her like he would have treated any man he’d run against. After all, that is the goal, right? He displayed breathtaking courage in refusing to tiptoe around Hillary Clinton’s shortcoming and failures. He did not fear calling her out for them simply because she uses a toilet sitting down. No, he treated her as an equal and called her out on every single scandal and so much more. Trump’s bravery...
  • Donald Trump's war on LGBTQ people has already begun [The Gaystapo freaks out]

    11/12/2016 7:38:53 AM PST · by Parody · 68 replies
    Mashable ^ | November 11, 2016 | Heather Dockray
    [snip] Compared to his hate speech against Muslims, Mexican immigrants and women, Trump's rhetoric against LGBTQ Americans was relatively tame during his campaign for the presidency. His policy-related promises, of course, told a different story — Trump pledged to support the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow businesses and healthcare organizations to legally discriminate against LGBTQ folks. He supports HB2, North Carolina's infamous law that prevents trans people from using the bathroom of their choice. And he appointed Mike Pence to be his vice president, the governor best known for his plan to defund AIDS research and support conversion...
  • Hindus to Push for ‘Monkey King’ Statue if Oklahoma Votes to Allow Ten Commandments Monument

    11/05/2016 8:08:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 93 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | November 4, 2016 | Heather Clark
    An American Hindu organization says that it will renew its pursuit to erect a statue of the Hindu god Hanuman at the Oklahoma State Capitol if residents vote next week to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed. . . "...Hindus would love to request placing a statue of Lord Hanuman, which might become the first Hindu religious monument on public land in USA,” the Universalist Society of Hinduism in Nevada said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • A Public University Makes Students Choose Between Their First Amendment Rights And Graduation

    11/02/2016 7:15:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 2, 2016 | George Leef
    Just how desperately college and university administrators want to control what students say lest anyone take offense or feel “harassed” is revealed by a policy adopted at Iowa State University (ISU). ISU students are told that they must abide by the school’s policy against “harassment” of anyone in the university community. Students must complete a “training program” consisting of 118 slides online, covering the university’s non-harassment policies and procedures, and then pledge never to violate them. But what if a student thinks that the ISU policy goes way beyond preventing true harassment and amounts to an abridgement of his rights...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Giving the OIC a Say in Our Right to Free Speech?

    12/12/2011 4:06:06 PM PST · by bayouranger · 18 replies
    The Legal Project ^ | 12-10-11 | Ann Snyder
    Starting on December 12th in Washington, DC, a meeting is being held that jeopardizes freedom of speech as we currently understand it in the United States. The Obama Administration has invited the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC," formerly, The Organization of the Islamic Conference) to a meeting of "experts" to discuss the implementation of a UN resolution ostensibly targeting "religious intolerance." Now, even if by combating "religious intolerance" the resolution were just targeting actual violations of freedom of religion (READ: violating rights, not hurting feelings), it still should raise a few eyebrows that the OIC is behind the resolution...
  • U.N. Adopts ‘Religious Intolerance’ Resolution Championed by Obama Administration

    12/20/2011 8:24:30 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 21 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 20th Dec, 2011 | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion, and urging countries to take effective steps “to address and combat such incidents"
  • Is the Constitution Good for Mental Health?

    10/26/2016 10:16:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 26, 2016 | Mary Lou Serafine
    The Texas legislature will face a major “mental health” decision when they meet this January. The question will be whether to pass a replacement law for the psychologists’ licensing statute. Their major problem will be passing something -- if they pass anything at all -- that is constitutional under the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech. The issue is that the freedom of speech includes the freedom to talk and listen to whomever you’d like about psychological matters -- thoughts, feelings, behavior, perceptions -- including as a paid service. According to the old Texas law, you needed a license...
  • Why Traditional Christians and Especially Catholics Should Not Vote For Hillary Clinton

    10/22/2016 12:32:41 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    Many of you know that for more than 4 years, I have been one of the leaders of the team representing religious organizations, mostly Catholic (including Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Diocese) in his case which was consolidated in the U.S. Supreme Court with the case brought by The Little Sisters of the Poor and cases brought by others, against the government over Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” A great number of religious groups of all denominations filed “friend of the Court” briefs supporting our position that while contraception is and could be available to all who choose to use...
  • Fires destroy millions of dollars in equipment at Dakota Access Pipeline

    10/19/2016 6:45:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/18/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Despite the fact that two different courts have settled the matter in terms of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we’ve been keeping an eye on the ongoing protests. There’s been more than free speech taking place near the disputed stretch of land where the crews are currently working and previous incidents of violence have had the local authorities on edge. But now they’ve got a new problem to be concerned with. Someone has set fire to several pieces of construction equipment and the damage is in seven figures. (Reuters) Dakota Access LLC, operator of the controversial pipeline carrying...
  • Barack Obama Wants To “Curate” Your News Feed

    10/16/2016 8:16:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Fits News ^ | 14 October 2016
    As the corporate-owned, liberal legacy media continues its “all in” offensive to get Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, elected president, the man she would replace in the oval office is going on the offensive against alternative news sources. “We are going to have to rebuild within this ‘Wild, Wild West’ of information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” U.S. president Barack Obama said on Thursday during a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wait … what? “Curating function?” That sounds an awful lot like censorship to us … While Obama claimed he was not embracing censorship, he said...
  • Regulators Retaliate Against Tea Party Activist For His Free Speech -- And Get Away With It

    10/15/2016 3:12:06 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 15, 2016 | George Leef
    The First Amendment is supposed to protect Americans’ right to speak freely against any governmental interference, but in our increasingly politicized climate, we’re finding that regulators who don’t like what you say can and will abuse their power to make you shut up. A Tea Party activist in Nebraska has found that out and so far his efforts at obtaining justice have come to naught. For many years, Robert Bennie had been a successful financial advisor working at the Lincoln, Nebraska firm of Linsco Private Ledger (LPL). LPL’s business falls under the regulatory domain of the Nebraska Department of Banking...
  • Jihad in America: Al-Timimi Verdict a Turning Point in Legal War on Terror

    05/03/2005 12:42:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 705+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, May 1, 2005 | Debra Erdley
    The conviction last week of Ali al-Timimi, an American-born Islamic scholar, on terrorism charges thrust the so-called "Virginia Paintball Jihad" case to the forefront as the federal government's greatest court victory against terrorism. All told, federal prosecutors counted 10 convictions in the case. Al-Timimi's conviction marked the first post-Sept. 11 case in which the government won a terrorism conviction for actions tied to philosophy and words designed to help the enemy, rather than deeds, such as providing money, equipment or actual combat help to that enemy. "Until now these people have escaped. It is a very powerful position to be...
  • Freedom of the Press

    10/12/2016 7:59:37 PM PDT · by After Hours · 15 replies
    Wikipedia | 10/12/2016 | After Hours
    Freedom of the press in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This clause is generally understood as a means to prevent the government from interfering with the distribution of information and opinions. Nonetheless, freedom of the press is subject to certain restrictions, such as the defamation law. Contents [hide]
  • Clinton’s vow to push Supreme Court left galvanizes conservatives wary of Trump

    10/10/2016 6:52:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2016 | S.A. Miller
    <p>ST. LOUIS — Hillary Clinton ended up helping Donald Trump repair some of the damage from his lewd comments about women this weekend when she ran hard left on the Supreme Court — reinforcing the one overriding reason conservative Republicans have for voting for their flawed presidential nominee.</p>
  • US cuts cord on internet oversight

    10/01/2016 4:16:17 PM PDT · by bushwon · 87 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 1, 2016 | AFP-Washington
    Washington (AFP) - The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity. The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone." That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet's "stakeholders" -- engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups. The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to "privatize" the internet, and backers have said it would help...
  • FEC Dems lay groundwork to ban Fox, WSJ political coverage

    09/29/2016 6:31:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/29/16 8:07 AM | By Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard)
    In their biggest threat yet to conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission are laying the groundwork to bar companies with even the tiniest foreign ownership from American politics, a move that could ban Fox, the Wall Street Journal and even the New York Times from covering political races or giving endorsements. In a last-minute submission Wednesday, a top Democrat on the evenly split FEC proposed that the Thursday meeting of the commission begin the process to prohibit companies with foreign ownership as small as 5 percent "from funding expenditures, independent expenditures, or electioneering communications." Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub...
  • Student suspended after posting picture of discolored water in school bathroom

    09/26/2016 1:47:47 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 36 replies
    kfor.com ^ | September 24, 2016 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    "Hazel Juco says she was concerned when she saw discolored water coming from a sink in the girl’s restroom at school. However, she had no idea that she would be suspended because of a picture she took. Juco says she snapped a photo of the water and posted it to her social media pages, hoping that someone would notice and the problem would be fixed. Instead of getting help, she was called to the office."
  • ROAD TO RADICALISM: The Man Behind the 'South Park' Threats

    04/24/2010 1:33:35 AM PDT · by Cindy · 30 replies · 1,382+ views
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | Updated April 23, 2010 | By Joshua Rhett Miller - FOXNews.com
    SNIPPET: "He now likes to be called Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, and his primary interest in this world appears to be Islamic radicalism. Last week, Chesser, 20, posted a warning on the website RevolutionMuslim.com following the 200th episode of "South Park," which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit." SNIPPET: "In a separate post on RevolutionMuslim.blogspot.com, which now serves as the group's main website since RevolutionMuslim.com has been shuttered, Chesser quoted Usama bin Laden when referencing why reactions are required when anyone insults or belittles the Prophet Muhammad. "As Usama bin Laden said with regard to...
  • Fayetteville teacher suspended for flag lesson on 1st amendment (NC)

    09/21/2016 8:20:40 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 52 replies
    WRAL ^ | 9/20/2016 | Kathryn Brown
    Fayetteville, N.C. — A Cumberland County high school teacher has been suspended after he stepped on an American flag as part of a history lesson on Monday. A photo posted on Facebook shows Lee Francis, a history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, standing over an American flag at the front of the class. Students said Francis tried to burn and cut the flag before dropping it on the floor as part of a lesson on the First Amendment. At least two students walked out of the classroom during the demonstration. 7 "I put the flag on...
  • Hillary Clinton: Churches are temples of sedition

    09/17/2016 12:35:52 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 78 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W63TgxJMKZ4 So much for dissent is patriotic
  • Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ insignia could be punishable racial harassment

    08/04/2016 11:46:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 8/3/2016 | Eugene Volokh
    On January 8, 2014, Complainant filed a formal complaint in which he alleged that the Agency subjected him to discrimination on the basis of race (African American) and in reprisal for prior EEO activity when, starting in the fall of 2013, a coworker (C1) repeatedly wore a cap to work with an insignia of the Gadsden Flag, which depicts a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me.” Complainant stated that he found the cap to be racially offensive to African Americans because the flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a “slave trader & owner of slaves.” Complainant also...
  • California Passes Planned Parenthood-Backed Bill Criminalizing Health Care Sting Videos

    09/03/2016 6:06:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 2, 2016 | 12:49 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    The California Legislature passed a controversial bill Wednesday which creates a new crime by criminalizing the distribution of secret recordings of confidential communication with a health care provider. The bill defines confidential communication as “any communication carried on in circumstances that reasonably indicate that any party to the communication desires it to be confined to the parties thereto.” It is already illegal in California to make recordings without the consent of all parties. The bill was strongly advocated by Planned Parenthood following a series of undercover videos released last summer by the Center for Medical Progress, which claimed that the...
  • Congress has just one month to keep the internet under US control

    09/02/2016 2:59:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Aug. 30, 2016
    Both houses of Congress are out of session for another week and time is rapidly running out for lawmakers to save the internet. When Congress comes back into session next Tuesday, it will only have a few short weeks to accomplish one of the most important tasks before it: ensuring that control of the internet does not fall into the hands of those who would actively censor it to the detriment of free speech and American interests. On Sept. 30, the United States is poised to hand over control of the internet to the United Nations, following a years-long push...
  • Ann Coulter: Media Invented Lie About Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter

    09/01/2016 11:48:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Big Journalism (Breitbart) ^ | August 31, 2016 | Ann Coulter
    Just when you think the media could not possibly become more loathsome, the Fourth Estate bullies prove you wrong again. The Washington Post’s latest ugliness was to exploit the disability of a newspaper reporter in order to smear the Republican nominee for president. Then — and this is the least surprising part of the story — the Post lied about it. Other than the subject of that paragraph — which I slyly switched from Trump to the media — that is an exact paraphrase of the Post’s opening lines from an editorial hawking the media’s most successful lie about Donald...
  • Maryland Gerrymandering Case Against Dems Moves Forwards

    08/26/2016 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Taipei · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2016 | Jason Hopkins
    Gerrymandering is something Democrats usually whine about. It’s easy for them to do with Republicans controlling an unprecedented amount of state legislatures and gubernatorial seats in modern history – these entities deciding how congressional districts are drawn after the U.S. census is completed every ten years. However, there are undoubtedly cases of gerrymandering taking place in Democrat-controlled states. Maryland is one such example and a law school student has taken their antics to court. Steve Shapiro, an American University student, has challenged the districts drawn by former Governor Martin O’Malley and the blue legislature on first amendment grounds. The case...
  • CAIR To Trump: The Constitution Says Government Can’t Study or Criticize Radical Islam

    08/18/2016 8:10:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | August 17, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    Trump is jihad group’s worst nightmare. The fact is Trump’s comparison to the Cold War is spot on. Islam, like Communism, is a political ideology a with religious component. Groups like CAIR aid and abet terrorism and should be prosecuted. The Department of Justice is sitting on a “mountain of evidence” against CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood groups. Obama scuttled those prosecutions. Trump will right that wrong.
  • Hillary Campaign Vows To Destroy Opposition Website (Breitbart)

    08/18/2016 7:04:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 18, 2016 | Blake Neff
    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign has sent out a fundraising email arguing the website Breitbart News has no “right to exist,” and suggests that if elected, the website will be shut down entirely. “We’ve had a conservative media in this country for a while,” says the email, sent Thursday and signed by deputy communications director Christina Reynolds. “I don’t always like what they have to say, but I respect their role and their right to exist Reynolds’ acknowledgment that the regular conservative media has a “right to exist,” though, is used to contrast it with Breitbart, which apparently has no...
  • Pulpit Freedom Hasn’t Existed in America Since 1954

    08/17/2016 7:47:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 17, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT | Erik Stanley, “Alliance Defending Freedom”
    While it’s perfectly okay for people to have different opinions about what churches should say from the pulpit, especially with regard to politics, what’s not okay is for the federal government—rather than congregations themselves—to be in charge of what is said. And it won’t do to dangle the threat of taxing the church if it won’t comply. That’s why the Johnson Amendment has to go. The Tax Code’s restriction on political speech by non-profit organizations is popularly known as the Johnson Amendment, named after its sponsor, Lyndon Johnson, who maneuvered the levers of senatorial power to insert the provision into...
  • America to hand off Internet in under two months

    08/17/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 105 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | RUDY TAKALA
    The Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months, officials have confirmed. The department will finalize the transition effective Oct. 1, Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling wrote on Tuesday, barring what he called "any significant impediment." The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as...
  • Orwellian CA Bill: Reporters Can’t Post Undercover Videos

    08/16/2016 9:59:41 AM PDT · by dtroxx · 17 replies
    Reality of Sense ^ | 8/16/2016 | Reality of Sense
    Planned Parenthood wielding new hammer against free speech. This one is big. It adds to California’s growing reputation as Police State Central. First we had SB 277, which forced vaccinations on school children. Now we have Assembly Bill 1671, which would make it a crime for journalists to post and report on certain undercover videos, even though they didn’t make the videos. That’s right. In California, such videos are already illegal, because they don’t have permission of all parties to be recorded. But if Bill 1671 passes, reporters who are sent those videos, or find them, couldn’t post them and...
  • America’s Last 97 Days?

    08/03/2016 7:55:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Patriot News ^ | August 3, 2016 | Dale Summitt
    Just 97 days from today Americans will vote and elect a new President. Many will vote but few will be informed voters. The election of Hillary Clinton will bring swift destruction of what remains of America after eight years political famine under Barack Obama. Whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton is the more evil is debatable; what is clear, is that a nation already ablaze in an out of control lawless wildfire under Obama, will explode from the accelerant fanning of these flames by the “Wicked Witch of New York”. Only Constitutional Conservatives appear to be aware of the devastation...
  • Political Banner Ads Grounded In Ocean City; Owner Says, “It’s Just Not Worth The Aggravation"

    07/20/2016 8:16:22 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 26 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | 20 July 2016 | Shawn Soper
    Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said on Tuesday the flap caused by the controversial political messages resulted in a quick decision to stop flying them over the crowded mid-July beach. Mayor Rick Meehan said during Monday’s council meeting resort officials had received hundreds of emails about the somewhat controversial ads, which included messages such as “Stop Mad Cow Disease-Defeat Hillary,” and “America First-Build The Wall Now,” Meehan said he reached out to Ocean Aerial Ads and owner-operator Bob Bunting about the controversial ads and the company, which has been flying over the resort skies, for decades, made the decision...
  • One more day to vote! Can public schools censor online political speech?

    07/20/2016 11:52:08 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 7 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | June 30, 2016
    Recently, controversy has arisen over aggressive school monitoring and censorship of their students' online speech, through blogs, social networks, forums, and other means. Now until July 21, 2016, vote in the ResistanceMedia poll on this important issue!
  • Detroit police detective demoted over Facebook post critical of BLM

    07/12/2016 9:05:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/12/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Detective Nathan Weekley of the Detroit Police Department has been busted back to ordinary officer, losing his gold shield for something he posted on Facebook. Katrease Stafford of the Detroit Free Press writes:
  • Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

    07/11/2016 5:26:47 AM PDT · by HLPhat · 70 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/8/2016 | Kate Shellnutt
    ...Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.The proposed laws, considered the country’s most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group.To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private residences...
  • Police Shut Down Event Promoting U.S. Constitution; Thomas More Law Center Sues CAIR

    05/01/2012 9:17:19 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 23 replies
    Catholic Bandita ^ | May 1, 2012 | Lisa Graas
    ANN ARBOR, MI – In the middle of an event to extol the virtues of the U.S. Constitution and “American Laws For American Courts,” the audience learned first-hand how easy it is to lose their freedom of Speech and Assembly. Amid shouts of “What about free speech?” from the audience, the Allegan Police Department ordered the event shut-down. School officials notified police that they had received a letter complaining about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). The letter asked the school to disallow the event despite an existing contract.
  • North Georgia newspaper publisher jailed over open records request

    07/03/2016 8:31:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 30 - July 1, 2016 | Rhonda Cook
    A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week – for filing an open-records request. Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason, along with his attorney Russell Stookey, were arrested on Friday and charged with attempted identity fraud and identity fraud. Thomason was also accused of making a false statement in his records request. Thomason’s relentless pursuit of public records relating to the local Superior Court has incensed the court’s chief judge, Brenda Weaver, who also chairs the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. Weaver took the matter to the district attorney, who obtained the indictments. Thomason...
  • The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Wants To Overturn 'Citizens United'

    09/22/2015 9:54:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 22, 2015 | George Leef
    Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign for the White House is geared to take advantage of voter ignorance at every turn: ignorance about the government’s ability to promote prosperity, ignorance about the impact of minimum wage laws, ignorance about the damage done by her policies while serving as Secretary of State, and – the point of this piece – ignorance about the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Leftist politicians from Barack Obama down have created a mythology that Citizens United was a disastrous decision because it allows big, rich, right-wing corporations to buy our elections. Hillary...
  • Obama Admin Refuses to Inform Congress of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in U.S.

    06/28/2016 7:03:51 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 28, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Obama administration officials refused to appear before Congress on Tuesday to explain the recent decision to purge all references to “Islamic terrorism” and radicalism from public documents, according to disclosures made Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Top officials from the Justice Department and FBI declined to appear on Capitol Hill to answer questions from lawmakers about domestic terror attacks and an administration policy of scrubbing references to Islamic terrorism and similar terms from government materials, lawmakers said. The policy has thwarted attempts by federal authorities to stop an increasing series of terror attacks from taking place on United States soil,...
  • Freedom of Speech is not Free; it is Beyond Price

    06/25/2016 2:32:06 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 25, 2016 | Dan Miller
    Accurate speech, considered "Islamophobic" or otherwise offensive to some, is now deemed "hateful" and punishable under distorted visions of law or university rules. So, apparently is the mention of God. Sometimes, those who dare to speak are silenced before they even begin.The First Amendment provides, 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. Congress is not permitted to ignore the First Amendment, but the...
  • House Science Panel Turns Up Heat on State AGs Over Ties to Climate Change Activists

    06/20/2016 9:52:42 AM PDT · by milton23 · 7 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/20/2016 | Kevin Mooney
    House Republicans are pressing efforts to safeguard the First Amendment rights of scientific skeptics who dissent from what they consider the Obama administration’s alarmist position on climate change, according to letters to 17 state attorneys general. The series of letters, sent Friday and signed by 19 of the 22 Republican members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, renew an earlier request to the state attorneys general for information detailing their communications with environmental organizations. They also ask for communications between employees for the state attorneys general and the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, or the White House.
  • GlobalWarming Skeptic Receives Subpoena From Mass. AG & Sends Back Unsparing Three-Word Response

    06/16/2016 12:27:27 PM PDT · by GraceG · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dave Urbanski
    So you’re a global warming skeptic, author, philosopher and think tank creator who champions the use of fossil fuels. Then you get subpoenaed by the Massachusetts attorney general over your think-tank’s supposed ties to ExxonMobil — the claim being that the oil giant allegedly attempted to cover up global warming science. And how did Alex Epstein, author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” respond to Maura Healey’s subpoena on Wednesday? " F---- Off, Fascist"
  • Dem Congressmen: First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Global Warming Skeptics(CA)

    06/14/2016 7:26:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming. Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as to whether ExxonMobil lied about the truth of climate change and misled investors does not constitute an effort to silence speech or scientific research.
  • Dem Congressmen: First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Global Warming Skeptics

    06/14/2016 4:14:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming.Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as to whether ExxonMobil lied about the truth of climate change and misled investors does not constitute an effort to silence speech or scientific research.“The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders,” lawmakers, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu,...