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  • The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech

    08/19/2017 8:26:23 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 17, 2017 | K-Sue Park
    The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va., last week on behalf of a white supremacist rally organizer. The rally ended with a Nazi sympathizer plowing his car into a crowd, killing a counterprotester and injuring many. After the A.C.L.U. was excoriated for its stance, it responded that “preventing the government from controlling speech is absolutely necessary to the promotion of equality.” Of course that’s true. The hope is...
  • Freedom for the Speech We Hate

    08/17/2017 6:18:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public place. For some, Lee is associated with the military defense of slavery. For others, he is associated with the military defense of the right of states to leave the union -- a union they voluntarily joined. For the organizers of the Charlottesville rally, the removal...
  • Black Lives Matter founder: White nationalist speech isn’t protected under the First Amendment

    08/14/2017 9:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Actually, white nationalist speech is protected under the First Amendment, as is all “hate speech,” because there’s no such thing as “hate speech” in U.S. constitutional jurisprudence. How many primers on free-speech law need to be posted on the Internet before people absorb this very basic fact? I’m less annoyed at Patrisse Cullors, who’s obviously pushing this lie as part of a political agenda, than I am at Katy Tur, who views her profession through a heroic lens and is ostensibly there to fact-check. If someone’s spouting misinformation about the First Amendment (of all things) right in front of you,...
  • 'No Free Speech for Fascists' Is a Truly Terrible Idea

    08/14/2017 8:53:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | August 14, 2017 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    "No Free Speech for Fascists!" It's a motto you see on pre-printed signs at protests, including at yesterday's rallies in reaction to the violence and death in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. Paired with a flood of invective against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the group's support of Unite the Right's right to stage a rally at the city's statue of Robert E. Lee in the first place, they make for a troubling trend. Support for the ACLU has been on the uptick from the left of late, thanks to Executive Director Anthony Romero's decisive legal maneuvering and online...
  • Welcome to Orientation, Freshmen: Here's a Copy of the Constitution

    08/08/2017 8:10:59 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 4, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    [ * * * ] As campuses around the country have simmered and erupted in polarized protests and debates in recent years, more are considering how they can help students navigate free expression – sometimes with a push from legislators. This year Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and North Carolina have mandated campus free speech policies, and a handful of other states are considering such laws. Some schools have decided that First Amendment instruction should be included right from the start, during a time typically reserved for talk of meal plans and dorm rules. “We needed to take the opportunity in orientation...
  • Ultra-Rich Gay Activist On Targeting Christians: It’s Time To ‘Punish The Wicked’

    07/19/2017 7:25:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/19/17 | Bre Payton
    In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, tech millionaire turned LGBTQ activist Tim Gill said he’s aiming to punish Christians who don’t want to participate in same-sex weddings. For more than two decades, the software programmer has poured an estimated $422 million into various gay rights causes. After the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015, Gill turned his attention and resources to targeting Christians. The election of Donald Trump, who claims to support gay rights but stocked his administration with anti-LGBTQ extremists, has only emboldened those looking to erase the gains of the...
  • The strikingly broad consequences of arguing Trump Jr. broke law expressing interest in Russian dirt

    07/14/2017 9:10:58 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2017 | Eugene Volokh
    As I noted Wednesday, some people are arguing that Donald Trump Jr. committed a crime by expressing willingness to accept unspecified information that came from the Russian government and that was offered as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” (The incident happened before the hack of the Democratic National Committee was revealed, so there’s no indication that Trump Jr. thought that the offered information had been obtained illegally.) The theory is this: 1. A federal statute makes it a crime for “a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make … a contribution or donation of money...
  • First Look to Support Defense of Reality Winner in Espionage Act Prosecution

    07/12/2017 12:21:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Intercept ^ | July 11, 2017 | Betsy Reed
    The Intercept’s parent company, First Look Media, has taken steps to provide independent support for the legal defense of Reality Winner, the NSA contract employee who was recently arrested in the first instance of the Trump administration using the 100-year-old Espionage Act to prosecute an alleged journalistic source. Winner, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of having anonymously mailed a document to The Intercept relating to a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The NSA report, which was the basis of a story published by The Intercept on June 5, describes efforts by Russian military...
  • Frum (Religious) Mom of 6 Thrown in Jail

    07/11/2017 1:31:57 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 16 replies
    COLLive.com - Chabad Online ^ | 7/11/17 | COL Staff
    An Orthodox Jewish mother of six who was barred from speaking with her own children because she insisted on raising them in a religious home has been thrown in jail because she lacked the financial means to reimburse her wealthy ex-husband $10,000 in court costs as order by an Ohio judge. Julie Goffstein and her husband Peter Goffstein had been raising their boys as members of the Chabad community in Cincinnati when Peter Goffstein decided that he no longer wanted to live a religious lifestyle. Given an ultimatum of choosing between her religion and her marriage, Julie chose to continue...
  • Federal Agents Just Paid a Visit to Kathy Griffin — And Grilled Her for Over an Hour

    07/04/2017 6:36:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 7/4/2017 | JASON HOWERTON
    When Kathy Griffin posed for a photoshoot holding a fake decapitated, bloody head of President Donald Trump in June, she likely didn’t think about the wide-reaching implications of her so-called “joke.” While her controversial stunt resulted in some serious professional consequences, it also earned her a lengthy visit from the U.S. Secret Service. Secret Service agents reportedly tracked down Griffin and interviewed her in person for more than an hour. Further, the investigation into the bloody head debacle remains open. Griffin’s attorney, Dmitry Gorin, has claimed the comedian was merely exercising her “First Amendment rights to tell a joke.” “When...
  • Supreme Court: Blocking church daycare from state funding unconstitutional [7-2]

    06/26/2017 7:54:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 26, 2017, 10:21 AM | Ryan Lovelace
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Missouri's decision to prevent a church-operated daycare and preschool from receiving funding from a state program was unconstitutional Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the Supreme Court's 7-2 opinion, which reversed the federal appeals court's ruling and sent the case back to the lower court for additional proceedings. The dispute in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer involved a state program that provided funding to nonprofits to resurface playgrounds, which ran into conflict with a provision of the Missouri Constitution that blocks public funds from directly or indirectly assisting any church, sect or religion.
  • Jameson Parker (vanity)

    06/26/2017 4:51:40 AM PDT · by MacMattico · 39 replies
    Me
    So I was surfing around the net and came across readjamesonparker.com Yes, AJ from Simon nad Simon. In 1992 he was shot and seriously injured but obviously recovered. His blog was interesting in that he is very pro-first and second amendment, talks about how our kids aren't being taught about government and although he is pretty disgusted with Washington as a whole (aren't we all) he seems pro-Trump and furious over the democrats (including Nancy Pelosi) and their reaction to the Steve Scalise shooting. I didn't expect this from a Cali celeb. My teenage crush may be back! I was...
  • Supreme Court rules trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional

    06/19/2017 7:51:52 AM PDT · by CFW · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/19/2017 | Bill Mears & AP
    unconstitutional Published June 19, 2017 Fox News The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
  • California vs. Pro-Life Pregnancy Clinics

    06/17/2017 9:01:49 AM PDT · by Architect of Paradise · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | June 16, 2017 | Sapna Rampersaud
    Three pro-life, faith-based nonprofit clinics in California are suing the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, for infringing on their First Amendment rights. These clinics — LivingWell Medical Clinic, Inc.; Pregnancy Care Center of the North Coast, Inc.; and Confidence Pregnancy Center, Inc. — offer free unplanned-pregnancy-related services to hundreds of women each year. It would be against their deeply held beliefs to advocate abortion. But California law requires them to. Since 2015, the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act has required certain pregnancy clinics to notify their patients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions...
  • Shameful! Trump Nominee Attacked for Following Teachings of Christ

    06/10/2017 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants.On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith.Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is...
  • Genital Mutilation Religious Freedom - Sub- Set of a Greater Issue

    05/25/2017 7:15:33 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Conmonsense | Anonymoys
    So, you're the palace steward of the Caliph of the Ottoman Empire. You have to manage a big haram. You need big strong men with no gonads and no sexual organs to manage your human zoo of sexual chattels.This is a matter of your religious freedom. It is your tradition that some people are masters -- the Caliph -- and some are slaves. It is based upon the freedom of your religious tradition that Allah is a slavemaster, and all humans, even the Caliph, are slaves.The inability to perform the orchiectomy surgery upon some non-voluntary male subjects is central to...
  • U.S. Citizens Want to Know if Erdogan Ordered Them Attacked at D.C. Protest

    05/19/2017 1:54:56 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    American activists opposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan want to know if he personally ordered the violent disruption of a protest Tuesday in the U.S. capital, and say President Donald Trump needs to stand up for them. Video released Thursday shows that Erdogan watched his supporters, including members of his security detail, charge toward protesters in the grassy Sheridan Circle, punching and kicking them before police restored order. Just before chaos erupted, an aide bent over Erdogan, who was seated in the back seat of a car in the driveway of the Turkish ambassador's home. The aide communicated with...
  • California Attorney General Targets Political Nonprofits

    05/04/2017 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Don Thompson
    California's new attorney general said Wednesday that he plans to target political nonprofit organizations that he said mislead donors and influence campaigns. Attorney General Xavier Becerra put some political nonprofits in the same category as those that scam veterans or the elderly with false promises in a bid for contributions. "The last thing I think most people want to find out is that all these groups that are getting tax breaks because they are not-for-profit are actually going out there and influencing our political system," he said. That benefits donors, who can write off their contributions as charitable tax deductions,...
  • Suck it Up, Buttercups! America is Our Safe Space, Even for Hate Speech (Which Doesn’t Exist)

    05/01/2017 6:49:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    Fresh off our First Amendment victory in Berkeley, California’s Trump supporters and conservatives around the country rallied to hear President Trump’s 100 Days Celebration Speech. You know what? He’s doing a great job. Of course, there are critics. One libertarian-leaning millennial friend of me complained about how Trump spends so much time gloating over accomplishments. My retort? His accomplishments are mine—are our victories. Second, people can pound their chests when they have done great things—Michael Jordan could trash-talk the best on the court because he ended up besting them. Finally, I quipped: “If you don’t like, don’t listen. First...
  • Opposing groups clash, march on 82nd Avenue after parade cancellation; 3 arrested

    04/29/2017 8:11:37 PM PDT · by Tarantulas · 12 replies
    KATU Portland Oregon ^ | Saturday, April 29th 2017 | KATU.com Staff
    Portland Police officers dressed in riot gear patrolled the march, and worked to keep the opposing groups on opposite sides of the street despite several cases of "intermingling." Officers said they saw demonstrators with guns, improvised weapons, and defensive gear in the area, but no violence was reported. Police did, however, arrest one person wearing a pumpkin outfit for disorderly conduct. The person was later identified as a man named Luis Marquez. Officers say they found a collapsable baton on Marquez.