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  • Four GOP Candidates Pledge To Pass FADA In First 100 days

    02/12/2016 10:44:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nate Madden and Robert Eno
    Four remaining Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush have pledged to push for passing the First Amendment Defense Act within their first 100 days in office, while others still in the race have not. The pledge, a joint effort of the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action, reads "If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President." "Our future President, whoever he or she may be,...
  • HRes. 569~Condemning violence, bigotry, & hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the US (blasphemy law)

    02/02/2016 2:42:46 PM PST · by wtd · 71 replies
    Congress.gov ^ | 02/02/2016 | Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]
    US Congressional House Resolution 569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United StatesThis bill was introduced (12/17/2015) Sponsored by Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] Beyer is on the House - Judiciary Committee. Adding insult to injury....There are 123 traitorous cosponsors of this grossly offensively unconstitutional assault against the freedom of expression ! Latest Action: 01/15/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
  • NY Court: Farmers to Be Re-Educated, Pay Fines for Not Hosting Homosexual Wedding

    01/26/2016 3:49:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/26/16 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory. On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency’s order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom - which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford - said amounted to confirming, “that the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with...
  • CT: Police ‘Gotta Cover Our Ass’ on Open Carry ~ VIDEO

    01/25/2016 6:25:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The First and Second Amendments protect and reinforce each other.In a free society, there is always pressure to expand the power of the government to suppress freedom of speech. Those in power, for the last 100 years, have been infringing on our right to bear arms, and claiming that those who support the Second Amendment are kooks, in an attempt to suppress our First Amendment rights. With the voice provided by the First Amendment and the Internet, brave activists have been rolling back those attacks on the First and Second Amendments, and have been winning important victories. Michael Picard...
  • How Does a President Defeat Nuns?

    01/21/2016 3:21:27 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 20, 2016 | REBECCA HAMILTON
    Does anybody, anywhere, believe that the HHS Mandate was ever intended to be anything other than a deliberate attack on the Catholic Church?Anyone?The duplicitous way that the Mandate was handled from day one should have convinced most Americans that shenanigans were afoot.The Mandate was drafted in closed-door meetings of a committee of abortion industry insiders. It violated promises that the President of the United States made to Congress in order to pass Obamacare.The administration rolled it out with an orchestrated apologia from the pandering press. Equally pandering organizations such as the ACLU joined in with assurances that the Mandate...
  • Duke Student Columnist: America’s First Amendment ‘Obsession’ Is ‘Expression Of White

    01/20/2016 9:09:36 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/20/2016 | Peter Hasson
    According to a columnist for the Duke University student newspaper, America's "obsession with the First Amendment" is really just "an expression of white supremacy." "I am thinking about how an urgent and overdue conversation about racism-on our campus and across our country - has been derailed by a diversionary and duplicitous obsession with the First Amendment," graduate student Bennett Carpenter wrote in university newspaper The Chronicle. "I am thinking about how quickly the conversation has shifted from white supremacy to white fragility - and how this shift is itself an expression of white supremacy." Apparently unaware of the irony of...
  • Green Light on the Hill

    01/19/2016 5:30:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: My upcoming debate with Nadine Strossen will begin at 7 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on January 21st, 2016. It will be held in Austin Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The Topic will be Roe v. Wade. Admission is free and open to the public. The live stream can be accessed here: https://plus.google.com/events/c4qg9k85cv9aljsns1mdk2bffjk?hl=enDear Chancellor Sartarelli (and UNCW Board of Trustees): In addition to wishing you a happy new year I would like to apologize for writing this long letter without having met you in person. I hope to get...
  • CRUZ: Religious Liberty Is Fundamental to Our National Character

    01/16/2016 7:05:51 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 16, 2016
    Celebrates Religious Freedom DayHOUSTON, Texas - Today in honor of Religious Freedom Day, memorializing the 230th anniversary of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Ted Cruz released the following video. Authored by Thomas Jefferson, the statute passed in the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786. The statute recognized that all individuals have the right to live in accordance with their faith, paving the way for the First Amendment and becoming a pillar of the American tradition.See the video and transcript below:Ted Cruz: Religious Liberty Is Fundamental to Our National Character (Video)"The right to freely worship the Lord God Almighty...
  • NY Farm Couple Must Still Pay Thousands in Fine for Refusing to Host Gay Wedding

    01/16/2016 2:46:47 PM PST · by kindred · 88 replies
    "All Robert and I want is the freedom to peacefully live and work faithfully on our family farm and according to what God says about marriage without fear of government punishment. The America we love is one where we respect each other's differences, and the government still protects the freedom to have those differences. Others have the freedom to say or not say what they want to about marriage, and that's all we are asking for, as well." -Cynthia Gifford (New York)—[CBN News] A New York court has upheld a state decision to fine a farm couple for refusing to...
  • Federal judge certifies tea party in class action lawsuit against IRS

    01/12/2016 3:45:17 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2016
    A federal judge on Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit against the IRS for its political targeting, advancing the cause of more than 200 tea party groups who said they were denied their First Amendment rights by the tax agency's actions. Edward Greim, one of the lawyers advancing the tea party groups' case, said the certification is a major step because it means the judge has agreed that the IRS did systematically target more than 200 groups for special scrutiny.
  • Alan Dershowitz Goes Off on PC College Culture: ‘the Fog of Fascism Is Descending’

    11/12/2015 6:45:43 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    Fox News via Mediaite ^ | November 12th, 2015 | Fox News via J.D. Durkin
    On the opening segment of Thursday night’s Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly, author and professorAlan Dershowitz took to task the political correctness culture that has pervaded American college campuses.On the heels of continuing developments from the University of Missouri — where the student Vice President today argued that the First Amendment incites a “hostile and unsafe learning environment” — Dershowitz admitted, “we’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend on many college campuses.”“It was the students at universities that first started burning books… they don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses,” Dershowitzadmitted.WATCH VIDEO Dershowitz dug in, noting...
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • Senate chairman demands Department of Ed give a legal reason for dumping due process

    01/08/2016 4:04:49 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The College Fix - Lynn University ^ | January 8, 2016 | Peter Maxwell
    Overwhelming consensus' that Office for Civil Rights is treating its guidance as binding. Arne Duncan's temporary replacement isn't getting a honeymoon from the chairman of a Senate subcommittee, who is upset about the Department of Education's machinations against colleges. Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma is demanding answers from acting Secretary of Education John King about the authority of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to force colleges to strip students of their right to due process. Lankford isn't the first senator to raise the question of whether OCR's methods - issuing "Dear Colleague" letters that purport to explain existing...
  • Brutal: Trey Gowdy Takes DHS Official To The Woodshed Over Due Process

    12/14/2015 11:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Last week, the House Oversight Committeeheld a hearing on the terrorism and visa waiver programs. Department of Homeland Security's Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelli Ann Burriesci was asked to testify. Her testimony can be foundhere. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) ripped into her for giving scarce and I'm being generous with that term details on what process is offered to American citizens before they're added on the terrorism watch list for mere suspicion, not conviction, of being terrorists. "What process is afforded a U.S. citizen, not someone who has overstayed a visa, not someone who crossed the border without permission, but an...
  • In New York, Fine $250K for Failing to Use a Transgender Person’s ‘Preferred’ Pronoun

    01/07/2016 1:49:08 PM PST · by detective · 69 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 06, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    Raising the bar for other cities throughout the country, New York City announced "strong" and "bold" protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The new legal guidance, issued Dec. 21 by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, came as part of an expansion of the city's 2002 Human Rights Law, which protects against discrimination in a range of categories. The updated policy specifically protects transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination in areas of employment, public accommodation, and housing.
  • Congressman: Jesus and Moses Would Oppose Bill Repealing Obamacare and Defunding Planned Parenthood

    01/07/2016 10:13:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2016 | 12:34 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    During Wednesday's House floor debate on a reconciliation bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, Rep. Steve Cohen (D.-Tenn.) argued that Jesus and Moses would oppose what the House was seeking to do. "We just came through Hanukkah and Christmas, and we ought to think a little bit about what Hanukkah and Christmas were about and what Moses and Jesus would be about," said Cohen. "I think they would be about saving lives and about giving everybody an opportunity to live, not patient-centric health care, but people living and getting health care like every other civilized, industrialized country...
  • First Amendment doesn’t let you say ‘hateful things,’ Mizzou’s new vice chancellor says

    01/05/2016 11:54:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    College Fix ^ | January 4, 2015 | Staff
    You’d think a law professor would know that the First Amendment, by its very nature, protects speech that is deeply unpopular. But the interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity at the University of Missouri has apparently not brushed up on the Bill of Rights since he took his position this fall.
  • Will Twitter Declare War on Religious Conservatives?

    01/05/2016 9:42:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2016 | Michael Brown
    With a view towards curbing abusive posts, Twitter has established new, stricter guidelines, stating, "We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user's voice." So far, so good. I can't imagine that anyone thinks we need more incivility and hatred and incitement on social media, and I can understand why Twitter CEO Dick Costolo feels "ashamed" at how poorly his company has handled abusers. With that in mind, Twitter's guidelines are understandable, stating, "You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people...
  • Ron Paul, Donald Trump, and Libertarianism: Fantasies vs. Reality

    01/04/2016 6:53:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    While appearing on Alan Colmes' radio show some months ago, former presidential candidate Ron Paul expressed his belief that Trump is "almost the opposite of a libertarian" candidate. Trump, according to Paul, never expresses his desire to "give you your freedom and your liberty to run your life as you choose." Rather, he in effect assures us: "I know the answers and I'm going to do this and I've done this, I've done this, this and this."Surely, Paul is on to something. That being said, the following considerations should be borne in mind. First, that Paul rejects Trump for not being a...
  • Scalia: Establishment clause doesn’t require government to favor secularism over religion

    01/04/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Which is obvious to anyone not intentionally misreading it. The real news here is not that Antonin Scalia said this, but that it’s the slightest bit controversial. But that’s not something that happened overnight. The secular left and their media servants have spent decades pushing the idea that the establishment clause is about protecting the non-religious from maniacal Jesus freaks - especially the nightmare scenario in which the Jesus freaks get a job with any public entity and are guided in any decision by biblical principles. Scalia is a man who actually knows about the founding of the nation and...
  • Will new Twitter rules be used to target conservatives?

    01/03/2016 4:53:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 02, 2016 - 3:26 | Fox News
    Several prominent accounts suspended as social media giant tightens 'hateful conduct' rules
  • Hell Freezes Over

    01/01/2016 5:04:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Some readers may have noticed that six months have passed since I wrote a column criticizing the whacky leftist administration at my university, UNC-Wilmington. I am happy to report the reason for the silence is that the wacky leftist administrators are now gone. In addition to that, on July 1st of this year our university got its first out of the closet conservative chancellor. You heard that right. UNC-Wilmington is now under the leadership of a conservative chancellor. And he makes no effort to hide it. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli is just the man we have been looking for. Unlike me,...
  • Oregon bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding cake case

    12/28/2015 4:55:12 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 66 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 28 DECEMBER 2015 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months. The Bureau of Labor and Industries says Aaron Klein, co-owner of the Portland-area bakery, dropped off a check Monday for $136,927.07. That includes accrued interest. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.
  • ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment

    12/28/2015 4:00:17 AM PST · by Daffynition · 44 replies
    NYT ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    It is one of the most hallowed precepts in modern constitutional law: Freedom of speech may not be curbed unless it poses a *clear and present danger* ~ an actual, imminent threat, not the mere advocacy of harmful acts or ideas. But in response to the Islamic State*s success in grooming jihadists over the Internet, some legal scholars are asking whether it is time to reconsider that constitutional line.
  • Fact Checking for Partisan Fun and Profit

    12/27/2015 6:02:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Who will fact check the fact checkers?How about you and me?Take a PolitiFact story last week out of Iowa, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the current Republican front-runner as the state's Feb. 1 presidential caucus approaches. Earlier this month, Sen. Cruz told a Cedar Rapids crowd, "The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment."Is this statement true or false?It's true.The constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and voted for by every Democratic Party U. S. Senator states, "Congress and the States may regulate and...
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) files Amicus Brief in 3D printing Censorship Case

    12/25/2015 2:20:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Obama administration is using the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to censor publication of information on the Internet. The department ordered Defense Distributed to take down files for 3D printing of a simple single shot handgun on a website owned by Defense Distributed. Cody Wilson is widely considered to have been the inventor of the 3D printed pistol. Defense Distributed joined with the Second Amendment Foundation to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration State Department for violation of their First, Second, and Fifth Amendment rights. The case is Defense Distributed v. U.S.Department of State. The...
  • Massachusetts Court is Forcing Catholic Schools to Hire Homosexuals

    12/23/2015 11:03:20 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    The First Amendment right to freedom of religion seems to be utterly meaningless to liberals in government today as they continue to make rulings that are the equivalent of ripping the Constitution to pieces and wiping their backsides with it. Courts in Massachusetts are now telling Catholic schools they have no choice but to hire homosexuals, despite the fact doing so goes against their beliefs. This is exactly why separation of church and state exists. Not to keep God out of government, but government out of the church. From Christian News: A state court in Massachusetts has ruled that a...
  • How to Respond to Prayer Shaming

    12/19/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    Acculturated.com ^ | December 15 | R.J. Moeller
    So what are well-intentioned people of faith supposed to do? How does one respond to the incessant onslaught of negativity, criticism and legal action aimed at those who choose to make their religious convictions known in the public square? Perhaps a good place to start would be the example set by the young men of the Naperville Central High School football team in suburban Chicago. After representatives from The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint against Coach Mike Stine’s voluntary practice of allowing players who want to to gather on the field and pray before games, senior player Daniel...
  • Yale University tries to downplay video of students signing 'petition' to repeal First Amendment

    12/18/2015 12:38:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 12/18/2015
    Yale University was nationally embarrassed earlier this week when political satirist Ami Horowitz released a video showing students happily agreeing to sign a "petition" that calls for the repeal of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.According to Horowitz, he got 60 signatures in less than an hour.Now Yale’s spokesperson has suggested the video doesn’t show what it shows."There are a number of heavily edited prank videos like this one circulating lately in which someone surreptitiously records people while pretending to support a position that they actually oppose, and trying to get the individuals they speak with to agree with...
  • Closing down ‘Free Speech’ is no joking matter – really

    12/18/2015 9:46:32 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 9 replies
    NEWSEUM INSTITUTE ^ | December 10, 2015 | Gene Policinski
    If this were a joke, it would have to start out: “So, three censors walk into a bar….” Except that it’s no joking matter when the trio calling for private or public censoring of the Internet include the two leading candidates (at this moment) for leader of the Free World, and the head of the largest search engine and information company on the planet. The free flow of information and communication of ideas – even repugnant ones – is a hallmark of American democracy. Even “hate speech” has constitutional protection when it offends, insults or attacks. Only when speakers cross...
  • Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign 'petition' to repeal First Amendment

    12/16/2015 5:34:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/2015
    Trigger warning! This story and video may be unsuitable viewing for the “safe space” crowd. Looking to understand just how controversial the debate over free speech on our college campuses really is, filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz recently traveled to Yale University, one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, to speak directly to students. “I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion,” said Horowitz, who asked students if they’d sign a petition calling for an outright repeal of the First Amendment. “The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity.” In fact,...
  • With Walker’s signature, the GAB is dead (WI)

    12/16/2015 3:09:03 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 12-16-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 305 of 305 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. - Ding dong, the witch-hunter is dead. More than a month after the Republican-led Legislature passed a bill dismantling the state Government Accountability Board, Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday finally signed the bill into law - with a partial veto. The bill's supporters, including conservatives targeted by the GAB and Milwaukee County prosecutors in the unconstitutional and politically driven John Doe probe, rejoiced while the left prophesied biblical-proportion campaign finance and election law disasters. "Reform to this broken agency was long overdue and I'm proud of today's accomplishment,"...
  • Yale fail: Ivy leaguers caught on video clamoring to kill First Amendment [Fox Video]

    12/16/2015 11:42:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2015 | Ami Horowitz/Fox
    Trigger warning! This story and video may be unsuitable viewing for the "safe space" crowd. Looking to understand just how controversial the debate over free speech on our college campuses really is, filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz recently traveled to Yale University, one of our nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning, to speak directly to students. "I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion," said Horowitz,...
  • Military Expert: America’s Leaders Are Inviting More Terrorism [VIDEO]

    12/13/2015 1:49:28 PM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 Dec 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    Former military intelligence officer and author Steven Coughlin predicts more jihadi violence in America based on what radicals and international elites are saying and doing. Coughlin explains in this video interview that both political parties appear increasingly more worried about not being called "a bigot" than in protecting American citizens from emerging threats. Asked here to comment on the disregard by the Obama administration for keeping Americans safe from terror with inadequate immigrant vetting, open borders and the release of Guantanamo Bay prisoners, this author focuses on the cultural and political narratives that demonstrate a form of information warfare.
  • Military Expert: America’s Leaders Are Inviting More Terrorism

    12/13/2015 6:32:57 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 12 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    Former military intelligence officer and author Steven Coughlin predicts more jihadi violence in America based on what radicals and international elites are saying and doing. Snip A September Reuters/Ipsos poll showed increasing numbers of Americans feel they are unable to recognize their country. Yet when asked about this poll, Coughlin believes the profound American political and cultural transformation relates to the ideological and intentional hollowing out of rights manifested in our founding documents, and this dominant political correctness that elevates other cultures while obfuscating the truth. On explaining why some supporters of Donald Trump may disagree with some aspects of...
  • The American Ivory Curtain

    12/08/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2015 | William Barclay Allen
    I don't know how much time you have spent on university campuses. I have spent my whole life in academia and I can tell you I have witnessed the deterioration over the course of time. It is no longer to be assumed that freedom of speech prevails on a university campus. Instead, there are codes of speech. I would say codes of conduct except that the conduct that is most restricted is speech on our campuses and it is not because the speech is of the outrageously obscene variety which we might be perhaps sympathetic trying to control. After all,...
  • Viral Video: Combat veteran challenges gun grabbers to sacrifice their 1st Amendment rights

    12/05/2015 7:03:02 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 5 Dec, 2015 | William A. Jacobson
    If this was "about your First Amendment rights, would you still have the same opinion that we don't need that any more either?"
  • Noonan: America should pray for the First Amendment

    12/05/2015 2:43:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    Peggy Noonan is worried about the future of the First Amendment. She writes in The Wall Street Journal the First Amendment is in perilous condition, especially after some on the Left went ape over politicians saying they were praying for the San Bernardino victims. Journalists, bloggers, contrarians and citizens jumped into the fray. Then the U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, came forward rather menacingly. "Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your 'prayers' should be for forgiveness if you do nothing again."Wow. You might think he was aiming this at President Obama, who when he was...
  • AG Lynch vows to prosecute ‘anti-Muslim’ speech

    12/04/2015 10:11:36 AM PST · by Red Steel · 81 replies
    wnd ^ | December 4, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is assuring Muslims of her support, threatening action against any "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that "edges toward violence." Lynch, speaking at a dinner held by the Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group, announced Thursday night the Justice Department will investigate the police department in Texas that arrested a 14-year-old Muslim boy who brought a device that looked like a bomb to school. Ahmed "Clock Boy" Mohamed was never charged, but several congressmen asked Lynch for the civil-rights investigation she promised Thursday. ... "When we are ruled by fear, we are not making ourselves safe," Lynch said....
  • 40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities

    11/20/2015 10:06:44 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 55 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 11/20/2015 | Jacob Poushter
    American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe. Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
  • KERRY: ISIS ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO WAS "SORT OF LEGITIMATE"

    11/17/2015 6:58:02 PM PST · by TBP · 47 replies
    Frontpage ^ | November 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It's time to play America's fastest growing game show sensation, "Moron or Traitor." It's a tough challenge because this administration has plenty of both. So does a radicalized Democratic Party leaping into insanity. A Democratic candidate was recently forced to drop out for tweeting that ISIS isn't evil. But don't look for Kerry to quit over his suggestion that the ISIS massacre of Charlie Hebdo artists and writers (not to mention, as his boss put it, some random (Jewish) folks in a deli) There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There...
  • Im a pedophile, youre the monsters: My week inside the vile right-wing hate machine

    10/03/2015 1:30:30 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 107 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/30/2015
    My pedophilia essay outraged the right. My attempt to humanize a real problem brought out their nastiest rage My article Im A Pedophile, But Not a Monster was published last week and it has been a whirlwind since. Ive spent days doing radio interviews, even an appearance on TV (HLNs Dr. Drew on Call), but mainly just answering the hundreds of emails that have poured in. Yes, the vast majority of them have been supportive. While there has been a visible backlash, predominantly from the political right, in private it has been a different story. This piece has generated debate...
  • Liberal, Salon.com Pedophile Calls Me Out! But Now Ive Dug Into His Past

    09/30/2015 3:39:33 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 27 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/30/2015 | Steven Crowder
    (IMAGES/SCREENSHOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LINK. COULDN'T POST THEM HERE) Well, Todd Nickerson the pedophile has responded to the right wing vile backlash he got for coming out to the world as someone whos sexually attracted to children. Sorry Im not sorry. If youre sexually attracted to children, youre a sick bastard. And not one for whom I have much, shall we say tolerance? He called me out by name..ish: Then theres Alex Crowders lunacy by way of Alex Jones: No, Salon.com, I Dont Need to Understand the Plight of Pedophiles. Again, the implication in the very title is that...
  • Salon.com Looks to Normalize Pedophilia

    09/25/2015 4:58:51 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 45 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/23/2015 | Tim Brown
    Salon.com recently posted an article on their website titled, "I'm a pedophile, but not a monster." It included the byline "I'm attracted to children but unwilling to act on it. Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?" Todd Nickerson is the author and yes, he honestly and openly admits to being a pedophile. "My name is Todd Nickerson, and I'm a pedophile," he wrote. "Does that surprise you? Yeah, not many of us are willing to share our story, for good reason. To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled...
  • OFFENSIVE PARODY VIDEO: The First Amendment - Liberal Edition

    11/11/2015 5:24:38 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 6 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 11/11/2015 | Steven Crowder
    PARODY On June 7th, 1789, the night before James Madison proposed The Bill of Rights to the House of Representatives, he sat down to pen the first draft of the first amendment. The following is what many scholars believe to be the original and unedited version of that amendment.... VIDEO AT LINK
  • ACLU: Missouri needs to protect students' free speech rights

    11/11/2015 5:15:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:36 PM EST | Summer Ballentine and Alan Scher Zagier
    Free speech advocates are expressing concern that instructions from University of Missouri police on how students should report "hateful and/or hurtful" speech could stifle legitimate differences of opinion. [...] The university's student conduct code prohibits harassment, which it defines as "unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" against "actual or perceived membership in a protected class ... that creates a hostile environment." The conduct code also forbids bullying, retaliation and threatening or intimidating behaviors. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri responded with a statement calling for the university to not compromise the right to free expression in its efforts to fight...
  • Christian Belief Cost Kelvin Cochran His Job

    11/11/2015 10:26:44 AM PST · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/10/2015 | Jason L. Riley
    Kelvin Cochran...was born into a poor family in Shreveport... that became even poorer after his father walked out and left his mother to raise six children... Mr. Cochran aspired to be a firefighter... and he eventually was appointed Shreveport's first black fire chief... In 2008 he became the fire chief of Atlanta... But a year ago, Mr. Cochran was suspended... Mr. Cochran's fireable offense... was publishing a book in violation of the city's ethics code... The reality... is that Mr. Cochran no longer has his $172,000-a-year job because of what's in the book. The suit accuses the city of firing...
  • Kentucky’s governor-elect just granted Kim Davis a major victory

    11/10/2015 12:37:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 47 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/10/15 | Ben Johnson
    FRANKFORT, KY, November 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On December 8, Kentucky will have a new governor, and Kim Davis will have a chance to do her job without denying her faith. Governor-elect Matt Bevin has promised that he will change the state's marriage forms, removing the name of the county clerk entirely - the reform Davis had pleaded with state lawmakers to enact before spending five days in jail. Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in eastern Kentucky, is a born again Christian who believes participating in a same-sex "marriage" would make her guilty of a major sin. Before the...
  • UPDATE: MU journalism faculty voting to reconsider Click's courtesy appointment

    11/10/2015 12:46:38 PM PST · by Controlling Legal Authority · 38 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | 11/10/15 | WILLIAM SCHMITT
    Faculty in the Missouri School of Journalism were voting Tuesday to revoke a courtesy appointment for Melissa Click, an assistant professor in MU's Department of Communication. the journalism school's associate dean for graduate studies, characterized Click's actions as a clear violation of First Amendment rights. Kurpius said taking actions that might escalate a peaceful protest was "unwarranted."
  • Missouri Student VP: I'm Tired Of Hearing People Use First Amendment Rights

    11/10/2015 11:20:08 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 73 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 10, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    Brenda Smith-Lezama, vice president of the Missouri Students Association, appeared on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon to express her disdain at people using their First Amendment rights to create a "hostile" and "unsafe" learning environment. Smith-Lezama advocated for a safe space for "healing" rather than "experiencing a lot of hate." Video...