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  • George Will Is Wrong about Masterpiece Cakeshop: The Right NOT to Promote a Message is Protected

    12/05/2017 7:13:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2017 | David French
    It’s astounding how many defenses of the state’s position in Masterpiece Cakeshop depend on misrepresentation and misconceptions. Last week I wrote about the most common misrepresentation — that Jack Phillips discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation when he refused to design a custom cake for a same-sex-wedding celebration. After all, he served all customers — regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. He just consistently refused to design cakes that advanced messages he disagreed with. No person of any identity has the legal authority to compel an artist to use his talents to advance a cause the artist...
  • America is a “Free Speech Zone” - Except in Government Meetings

    11/18/2017 8:54:16 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 11/18/17 | Karen Lees
    When something happens in my own community that triggers alarm bells, I am compelled to write. And this subject provides an excellent learning opportunity, which is one important purpose of the Language of Liberty series. Last Thursday, November 2nd, the City Board of Alderman in Sparta, Tennessee declined a motion to allow citizen input at City Board meetings. Their decision is now a part of the public record: a policy that alienates the people they represent and is repugnant to the Framers' original intent of free speech enshrined in the First Amendment. City Board meetings are required to be open...
  • Women's Boobs Are Not Free Speech, Says Federal Court

    11/17/2017 6:56:24 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 15, 2017
    To protect public health, safety, and morals, the government has an important interest in preventing women from going topless, a federal appeals court has ruled. And the importance of keeping lady breasts out of public view overrules any First Amendment or equal protection issues that such a policy raises. But at least one dissenting judge felt differently, describing our topless protagonist as having "engaged in the paradigm of First Amendment speech—a public protest on public land in which the participants sought to change a law that, on its face, treats women differently than men." Going topless might not be inherently...
  • 400 students pray when atheists silence their coach

    11/16/2017 5:18:34 AM PST · by victim soul · 21 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 11/15/17 | Cilia. zeal
    https://conservativetribune.com/atheists-coach-not-pray/
  • The Bill of Rights, and the Safety of a Nation Under Attack

    11/07/2017 8:00:11 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 6, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Another horrible shooting has the Left talking about gun control, as if people already in violation of tons of other laws would be dissuaded by one more. So the Right responds by focusing on the Second Amendment, which is certainly legitimate and relevant, as it was intended to protect the American people from all manner of assaults, whether from a mugger in an alley, a street gang in the neighborhood, an enemy abroad, or a tyrant in our own capitol.. ...but we often forget the relevance of another Amendment, the First, which is increasingly under assault, particularly in the context...
  • Facebook Blocked Account Of Exiled Billionaire In NYC After China Complaint

    11/02/2017 8:31:24 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 8 replies
    TPM ^ | November 1, 2017 | SAM THIELMAN
    Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his company had taken down the account of Chinese dissident Guo Wengui, who lives in the US, on the strength of a report filed to the tech giant by the Chinese government. Guo, a billionaire living in New York City who is a harsh critic of the Chinese government, published on Facebook “sometimes outlandish tales of deep corruption among family members of top Communist Party officials,” the New York Times wrote a month ago, as it reported that Guo’s account had been taken down. Republican Sen....
  • Asian Band Who Fought for Name: 'We All Have a Vested Stake in the First Amendment

    10/30/2017 7:26:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/27/2017 | Karl Herchenroeder
    WASHINGTON – The entertainment world has seen its fair share of groups take ownership of racially charged and sexually disparaging terms: Queen and N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) are a couple notable examples. But it was The Slants – an Asian-American dance-rock quartet that sought to reappropriate a term used against them by grade-school bullies – who found themselves defending First Amendment rights before the Supreme Court earlier this year. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had denied their trademark application, arguing that the band’s name was disparaging to the Asian-American community despite the fact that band members had never fielded...
  • McCain joins Dems to regulate Drudge, Google, Facebook political ads

    10/23/2017 2:27:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/23/17 | Paul Bedard
    Big websites like Facebook, Drudge Report, Breitbart News, Google and the New York Times would face substantial punishment if they don't make "reasonable efforts" to block foreigners from posting political ads under new election legislation pushed by Sen. John McCain and two Democrats.The "Honest Ads Act," co-sponsored by Democrats Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, would put new legal requirements and punishments on websites with 50 million unique monthly readers that take a tiny $500 or more in political ads from one advertiser.The act, which already has a House companion bill, is aimed at forcing websites to...
  • Students storm library, shut down College Republicans meeting

    10/20/2017 10:42:37 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 34 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 10.18.17 | Celine Ryan
    A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students. Shortly after the CR meeting convened, one student entered the ground floor room of McHenry Library to ask attendees which group was assembling. After being informed that the meeting was a gathering of College Republicans, the student returned about 15-20 minutes later with company.
  • Indiana Lawmaker Turns Tables on Professional Journalists

    10/20/2017 7:59:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    An Indiana Representative is forcing the establishment media to look in the mirror and face their hypocrisy.He is proposing the First Amendment in Indiana be treated the same as the Second Amendment. His proposal is that journalists be required to apply for a license before they are allowed to publish.If they have felony convictions, they might not be allowed to publish.From fox59.com: Lucas, from Seymour, has been critical of the media’s coverage of his efforts to repeal a state law that requires a permit to carry a handgun.He has stated reporters, columnists and editorial boards mischaracterize his idea, which...
  • Most College Students Clueless About the First Amendment: New Survey Gives Depressing Results

    10/19/2017 9:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/19/2017 | BY TONI AIRAKSINEN
    Last week at Columbia University, conservative pundit Tommy Robinson attempted to give a speech on mass immigration in Europe. Instead, the event devolved into chaos. Students consistently shouted down Robinson, effectively preventing him from speaking as he Skyped into the campus auditorium from the United Kingdom. He gave up on trying to speak and instead fielded questions from protesters.“This is our free speech, this is our First Amendment right,” repeated some of the protesters as they shouted over Robinson.It was clear that many students had a warped understanding of the First Amendment.To be fair, an argument could be made that, because...
  • SAD! John Kasich gets schooled on ‘hate speech’ by … Joe Biden?

    10/18/2017 4:18:04 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 17, 2017 | Sarah D
    Biden on campus left wing politics: “liberals have a short memory … we hurt ourselves badly when we don’t allow speech to take place” . . Biden: “You should be able to listen to another point of view, as virulent as it may be, and reject it or expose it.” . . Kasich said if he were a university president he wouldn’t “let one of these hate speech speakers come”
  • Supreme Court backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument [Bloomfield NM]

    10/16/2017 11:34:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 2:22 PM EDT
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a “strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.” However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of...
  • Chief Justice Roberts urged to punish Gorsuch over address at conservative gathering

    10/12/2017 12:55:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Free Speech For People, a non-profit progressive organization, sent an open letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Thursday, asking him to reprimand Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch for giving a speech at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. last month, saying it violated the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges.
  • Does Our Society Still Support the Right to be Wrong?

    09/27/2017 1:30:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the "modern" era, its status as one of the defining ideas of Western civilization can be traced to the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. After a century of bloody religious wars between Catholics and Protestants -- with Jews often getting caught in the crossfire -- the...
  • The Idiot’s Guide to Censorship

    09/26/2017 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: All proceeds from the following column will be spent on me.Some college students know nothing about the First Amendment. I mean that literally. For example, a student recently complained to me that the police had violated his First Amendment rights by pulling him over without a warrant. First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, whatever! As annoying as the complete constitutional illiterate can be, I am perhaps more annoyed by those who have some familiarity with the First Amendment and therefore conclude that they are constitutional scholars. These semi-literate clowns email me pretty often. Just last week, one of them wrote...
  • Survey: Just A Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Government

    09/25/2017 11:25:29 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 35 replies
    StudyFinds / Annenberg Public Policy Center ^ | 09/25/17 | Daniel Steingold
    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace.... “Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release. “These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”
  • NYT's Fuller's Bizarre Take on First Amendment at Berkeley: 'Can Cause Physical Pain'

    09/23/2017 9:26:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 23, 2017 | Clay Waters
    At Berkeley, there are both unequivocal voices championing the importance of free speech, no matter how inflammatory, and professors who say lines need to be drawn on campuses. These professors argue that the First Amendment needs to be reassessed for reasons that include the rise of internet trolling and cyberbullying and that some scientific research now shows that hateful speech can cause physical pain.
  • The End of the First Amendment

    09/20/2017 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley. The preparations for the visit were patently insane. First, the school charged the sponsor group, Young America's Foundation, a $15,000 security fee. Then, the school blocked off the upper level of the auditorium, fearful that radicals from the violent far-left-leaning group Antifa would infiltrate the speech and begin hurling objects from the balcony onto the crowd below. Finally, the school ended up spending some $600,000 on additional policing, including the creation of cement barriers and hiring of hundreds of armed police officers for a prospective riot. All this so that I...
  • Antifa Communists Plan Violence at Berkeley to Disrupt Ben Shapiro Visit Tomorrow

    09/13/2017 9:48:37 PM PDT · by Signalman · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | 9/13/2017 | Ray Starmann
    Over the past few weeks a number of things have been revealed about Antifa groups, people that use fascist methods to suppress any opinion or speech that does not conform to their own ideology, yet call themselves “anti-fascist.” After the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, Antifa massively overplayed their hand in a subsequent event in Berkeley California, where viral images finally exposed what the MSM had been trying to hide, that so-called Antifa groups were inciting violence with planned events, then dressing up in black, with masks, carrying sticks, clubs and mace, and proceeded to instigate violence against peaceful rally...