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  • NJ High schooler Suspended for Anti-Gun Control Project

    09/30/2016 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    NJ2AS ^ | 09.28.16 | Alexander Roubian
    A Manville, NJ student was suspended and ordered to go under a psychological evaluation after it was found out he was doing an assignment arguing against gun control.Student Frank Harvey was doing a project for class that was on gun control, arguing against it, when he left his flash drive with the project on it in the school library. The flash drive was then found and handed over to the school administrators. After discovering the contents of the flash drive, which in the report included anti-gun control political cartoons and videos and reports of armed citizens defending themselves from criminals,...
  • Do You Have to Try Every Stupid Thing You Think Of? (Islam, First Amendment)

    09/24/2016 8:21:57 AM PDT · by wtd · 29 replies
    Gates of Vienna blog ^ | September 23, 2016 | Ava Lon/Baron Bodissey @ GatesofVienna
    Do You Have to Try Every Stupid Thing You Think Of? by Ava Lon You think that even though Islam is an evil ideology, it should be legal, because outlawing it would be against the First Amendment. There are good ideas and bad ideas. A car with square wheels is a bad idea, and anyone who would like to drive it will find that out at their first attempt. It takes less than five minutes to figure it out, for those who believed that theoretically it should work and that it was worth to build it to convince themselves....
  • White House: Transferring Internet control is limited government

    09/23/2016 7:35:10 PM PDT · by bushwon · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/16 | Nicole Duran
    The White House mocked GOP nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz for trying to prevent the Commerce Department from transferring technical oversight of the Internet to an international body. "It doesn't withstand scrutiny," President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday. "It also strikes me as a curious position for a self-described small government conservative to shut down the government to ensure that the federal government can continue to control the Internet," Earnest said of Cruz. "It doesn't make any sense." Cruz is trying to stop the multi-year transition that will leave the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...
  • CNN's Sally Kohn: It's 'good' if conservatives feel unable to speak on campus

    09/17/2016 1:01:19 PM PDT · by kevcol · 154 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 17, 2016 | Blake Neff
    When Powers argued that speech should be protected because by itself it is never dangerous, Kohn countered by saying Powers failed to recognize her white privilege. Speech that seems harmless to middle or upper-class whites, she said, could be deeply threatening to poor and non-white communities. If somebody claims to feel certain speech is unsafe, Kohn said, they should be believed. "Feelings are valid," she said, according to Stroup. "I'm never going to argue with people's feelings." Kohn also said it's a good thing if conservatives feel unable to express their views for fear of encountering hostility from their peers...
  • Latest Safe-Space Incursion: Wearing a 'Make America Great Again' Hat (Video)

    09/16/2016 12:41:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | PJ Staff
    A college campus feminista demands that this guy remove his Trump hat, citing it as hate speech. This interaction is all caught on tape, and you have to wonder about the world we live in where Colin Kaepernick is defended as a free-speech hero, but this guy is told not to wear a hat. How is a "Make America Great Again" hat hate speech? Leave your comments below. SJW Attacking Student for Wearing "unsafe" Hat
  • FEC commissioner warns Dems are gunning for conservative media

    09/08/2016 6:50:21 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/7/16 | Paul Bedard
    A key Federal Election Commission Republican warned Wednesday that liberals are moving aggressively to "amend the First Amendment" so that conservatives are silenced and businesses are chased "out of the democracy." In some the toughest criticism leveled at Democrats, Commissioner Lee E. Goodman said that the attack started once the Tea Party changed American politics in the 2010 election and now dominates the politics of the Left. "It has triggered a very aggressive movement by people to amend the First Amendment, left intellectuals have placed it on the table," Goodman said on Boston's Howie Carr show.
  • Sowell: A Gem in Chicago

    08/29/2016 11:44:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 30, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    We have gotten so used to seeing college presidents and other academic "leaders" caving in to so many outrageous demands from little gangs of bullying students that it is a long overdue surprise to see a sign that at least one major university has shown some backbone. Dr. Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, has spoken out in the plainest language against the stifling of opinions that differ from political correctness, on campuses across the country. "Free speech is at risk at the very institution where it should be assured: the university," Dr. Zimmer said. "Invited speakers...
  • Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Defends the First Amendment

    08/29/2016 9:58:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation folks must have been licking their chops the day they heard about the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) director’s emails to his employees. This was going to be easy. The Wisconsin-based foundation would whip up a letter alleging a constitutional violation of the separation of church and state and Arizona officials would fall all over themselves to admonish DES Director Tim Jeffries. After all, he had used the state email system to send out an email to employees informing them that he would be going to Lourdes as a member of the Order of...
  • Responses come in to Illinois Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping

    08/27/2016 6:25:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday, August 26, 2016
    Responses come in to Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping SPRINGFIELD - Friday, Illinois lawmakers from all over the state expressed their dismay with the Illinois Supreme Court Democrat majority's decision to block voters from expressing their opinion on a proposed November referendum. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) released the following statement Friday: Illinois residents, as Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas writes, have had their voices ‘muzzled’ after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled yesterday that only politicians, and not the people, have the power to draw legislative district maps. We cannot disenfranchise the will of...
  • Waller County Texas DA Elton Mathis Files Lawsuit against Second Amendment Activist

    08/22/2016 6:11:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Waller County DA Elton Mathis Image from s-nbcnews.com   A month ago, on 6 July, 2016, Waller County Texas officials raised many eyebrows by using the power of the County to sue an individual citizen. The citizen, Terry Holcomb Sr., threatened to report  Waller County to the Texas Attorney General, as is required by the procedure set up by the Texas Legislature last session.   It is easy to see why the Waller County DA went after the individual citizen.  He does not have deep pockets to defend with, and he does not have the institutional defenses of the Texas...
  • 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...
  • Muslims Test Intimidation Tactic [semi-satire]

    08/16/2016 10:40:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 August 2016 | John Semmens
    Parishioners of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside California have been treated to shouts of "Allahu Akbar" from bullhorn wielding Muslims during weekly services. Inasmuch as Allahu Akbar is what Islamic fanatics shout while murdering unbelievers, the church goers are understandably concerned. Father Josiah Trenham called the shouted slogan "intimidating. We're trying to hold weekly services. The noise is disruptive and one fears worse. Will it be safe to leave church after the service? Will men with guns or bombs invade the church? What can we do to safely practice our faith." Local police officer Ryan Railsback held out little...
  • Freedom of Association Includes Religion

    08/15/2016 8:20:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/15/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Is it wiser to be alive and a coward, or risk our lives to defend the truth of liberty? THE FIRST AMENDMENT ENUMERATES the right of the people peaceably to assemble. Originally, the text combined assembly with the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. During the session of the House of Representatives on August 15, 1789 during which the representatives present discussed the proposed amendment, Mr. Sedgwick of Massachusetts questioned the connection, arguing the right to assemble must be preserved regardless of the reason for assembly. The congressional record reads: “The right is of so trivial...
  • Gay Activists are Attempting to Dissolve the First Amendment

    08/12/2016 7:57:13 AM PDT · by Lera · 18 replies
    Stream ^ | August 12, 2016 | Michael Brown
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..." These opening words of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights seem perfectly clear. They were written by James Madison "in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties," and so "the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power." How absolute are these prohibitions against governmental interference? According to some leading gay activists, these prohibitions are hardly absolute at all. In their view, religious institutions do not have the right to forbid homosexual practice. If...
  • OR:Mike Strickland Defends First Amendment Rights and Life with Second Amendment, is Thrown in Jail

    08/11/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A year ago, Mike Strickland was beaten and ended in the hospital for several months.  His cameras were stolen, then returned with the drives wiped.  He has video of the attack, but the authorities refused to prosecute.  Recently, Mike was threatened by a mob of anarchists and Black Lives Matter activists again.  This time he protected himself.  Victoria Taft has written a well researched article, with video, that shows Mike Strickland defending himself from the mob in Portland.  The link has it all. From victoriataft.com: Mike Strickland was arrested and charged in Portland for pulling a gun at a...
  • 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...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Gary Johnson: Clarifying my views on religious freedom, Mormons

    08/04/2016 10:05:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 2, 2016 | Gary Johnson
    A few days ago, trying to maneuver through a “scrum” of reporters in Philadelphia, I was asked about my views regarding religious freedom and non-discrimination laws. Given the divisiveness and pain that have accompanied several state religious freedom laws, I approach attempts at legislating religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws with great sensitivity and care.
  • DOJ: Confederate-flag tattoo is 'evidence of racial animus'

    07/30/2016 7:00:03 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    WND ^ | July 30, 2016 | Smoking Gun
    In a hate crimes complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice has identified a criminal defendant's tattoo of the Confederate flag as "indicative of white supremacy," according to court records.
  • Doublespeak: Columnist Claims Protecting the Second Amendment Diminishes the First

    07/30/2016 6:04:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In a column In the Tampa Bay Times, a writer makes the claim that a law to protect the Second Amendment diminishes the First Amendment.  It is a stretch.  The statute, passed by the Florida legislature in 2011, makes it illegal for local governments to pass regulations and ordinances dealing with guns, gun possession, anything to  do with guns. The law was passed because politicians in large urban centers persistently ignored the previous preemption law.  Local ordinances and regulations created a patchwork of firearms law to entrap any Floridians who exercised their Second Amendment rights. The columnist referred to...
  • 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...
  • Why Children of Same-Sex Couples Need FADA

    07/19/2016 9:05:57 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 7/19/2016 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    The First Amendment Defense Act has been justly promoted as a means to protect religious people, as well as other conscientious objectors, against those who might wish to retaliate against proponents of male-female marriage through the federal bureaucracy (complaints, charges, lawsuits, claims of damages, etc.; see this article by Roger Severino). As a Southern Baptist and vocal opponent of same-sex couples attempting to marry, I wholeheartedly support this legislation. My own recent experience being driven out of a tenured university position forces me to see FADA in urgent terms. There is another angle, however, that I fear will get lost...
  • Censorship in Columbia SC, Political Pressure Takes Down Gun Billboard

    07/18/2016 6:00:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    FN Manufacturing rented advertising space in the Columbia, SC Airport. The Richland-Lexington Airport District approved the billboard. It didn't see anything inappropriate about the ad. Twenty percent of the travelers through the airport are soldiers. Then the political pressure started.From thestate.com: Columbia Metropolitan Airport has removed a billboard-sized advertisement of a firearms manufacturer from its concourse.The decision comes a day after The State newspaper reported the ad, featuring eight firearms from FN Manufacturing, upset some travelers. It touted, “Yeah, we carry.” “I pulled in the commission, and really, they felt that given the negative feedback that it’d probably be...
  • Silencing Whitey

    07/15/2016 4:40:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Recently, I have made some pretty charged statements about Black Lives Matter. In a nutshell, I have argued that the organization is not a pro-black civil rights group. Instead, it is an anti-white anti-free speech mob. Evidence of my contention isn’t very hard to gather. In fact, you have to have your head buried pretty deep in the ground in order to miss it. Consider the following examples: -In August of 2015, Black Lives Matter protestors overtook a Bernie Sanders event in Seattle. They physically stormed the stage and demanded that they be heard lest they shut the event down...
  • Chicago GOP: A More Exclusive Club Than You Think

    07/12/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 12, 2016 | Mark Brown
    A federal judge temporarily blocked Chicago election officials Tuesday from removing a Republican Congressional candidate from the ballot in a case that poses an intriguing question: When is a Republican not a Republican? (An) ousted GOP committeemen, Frances Sapone, challenged the party’s selection of Jeffrey Leef to run against U.S. Rep Danny K. Davis in the 7th Congressional District. Sapone contended a vote of GOP committeemen to nominate Leef (after no candidate ran in the primary) was invalid because she and another of the ousted committeemen were not notified of the meeting in which Leef was selected. A Chicago Board...
  • Trump: "I Am The Law and Order Candidate"

    07/11/2016 11:16:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 11, 2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Donald Trump reacts to the police shootings in Dallas in a speech on veterans issues in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Pastor Says State Law Threatens His Right to Teach the Bible in His Church

    07/07/2016 5:53:24 AM PDT · by milton23 · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/6/2016 | Leah Jessen
    An Iowa pastor, saying the government needs to stop “meddling in religious affairs,” is at odds with the state over a law focused on sexual orientation and gender identity that he says hinders his First Amendment right to teach on matters of sexuality. “The state of Iowa is not the self-appointed pope of all churches,” Cary Gordon, pastor of Cornerstone World Outreach, a nondenominational church with around 900 members in Sioux City, Iowa, told The Daily Signal.
  • Paul Gascoigne [English soccer] to stand trial over alleged racist joke during show

    06/29/2016 8:20:25 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 29 June 2016 | Josh Halliday in the Guardian
    Paul Gascoigne to stand trial over alleged racist joke during show Former footballer pleads not guilty to racially aggravated offence after appearing before magistrates [snip] He is alleged to have made a joke about a black security guard whom he spotted in a darkened corner of the stage, saying he could not tell “if he is smiling or not”. [snip]
  • Mississippi clerks cannot claim religious exception to gay marriage

    06/27/2016 8:53:12 PM PDT · by Coronal · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Dan Whitcomb
    A federal judge on Monday ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on religious beliefs, despite a bill passed by the state legislature intended to carve out that exception for them.
  • Pittsburgh news anchor fired after racist Facebook post says it was because she is white

    06/22/2016 5:38:43 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 21, 2016 | Christopher Brennen
    Pittsburgh news anchor fired after racist Facebook post says it was because she is white A Pittsburgh news anchor fired for a Facebook post stereotyping black people as criminals is suing, saying she was let go because she is white. Wendy Bell, then a presenter at WTAE, caused a social-media firestorm with a March post, where she wrote that still-unidentified shooting suspects were probably black. “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday ... They are young black men, likely in their teens or in...
  • The Problem with Hate Speech

    06/21/2016 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 21, 2016 | David Solway
    My friend Kathy Shaidle has recently posted a no-holds-barred article on the disaster of “hate speech” legislation, focussing on a proposed Liberal bill to punish “anti-transgender speech” by up to two years in prison. She reminds us that such totalitarian interventions into a presumably democratic society are by no means unique to Canada. As she writes, “bear in mind that New York state, for one, already has similar laws on the books, and they carry fines of up to $250,000. And [an] Oregon 'transmasculine' teacher got $60,000 because her colleagues wouldn’t refer to ‘it’ as ‘they.’”The notion of “hate speech”...
  • 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.
  • Orlando Terror Update (Weekly Update)

    06/18/2016 11:09:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 17, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Orlando Terrorist Worked at Company Hired by DHS to Transport Illegal Aliens The Secrets of Benghazi Are Back in the News Judicial Watch Sues Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Over Granting 206,000 Felons Voting Rights The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech Orlando Terrorist Worked at Company Hired by DHS to Transport Illegal Aliens We were not completely surprised by some of the disturbing details emerging from the Islamist terrorist massacre in Orlando, Florida. In particular, we were already aware of the killer’s employer. Our Corruption Chronicles blog summed things up: The ISIS terrorist who committed the worst...
  • This was displayed at my kid's school...

    06/16/2016 10:53:34 AM PDT · by cld51860 · 69 replies
    June 16, 2016 | Self
    I could not figure out how to post this photo (sorry), but my wife dropped my kid off at his summer school yesterday and there was a bulletin board full of posters that read "Ramadan Mubarak." She took a picture of it today and sent it to me. She knew Ramadan was a religious holiday and asked me for it's meaning. It essentially means "Blessed month" and is also used as a greeting. She called the administrative office for the district first thing this morning and she said the woman she spoke to was horrified and very adamantly stated they...
  • Cooper’s Crusade Against Christ

    06/10/2016 4:47:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2016 | Mike Adams
    The people of North Carolina and the alumni of N.C. State University deserve an apology. Administrators at the school have implemented a patently unconstitutional policy, which forces students to apply for a permit in order to share the gospel on a public university campus they fund with their hard earned tax dollars. To make matters worse, the permit policy is being used to target Christians specifically while others are being allowed to exercise their rights unfettered. Now that a federal judge has called their bluff, the lawless North Carolina attorney general continues to defend the indefensible. Roy Cooper had the...
  • Noah Feldman Admits that First and Second Amendments are Fundamental Rights

    06/06/2016 4:52:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Bloomberg.com via Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Noah Feldman is a Harvard law professor and a prolific author. In an op-ed in The Post and Courier, Noah Feldman has penned an article that grudgingly admits that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right deserving as much respect as the First Amendment.  Feldman gets much wrong.  For example, he declares that the Supreme Court found that the Second Amendment is an individual right for the first time in 2008.  From bloomberg.com: The evolution of gun rights has an internal legal logic to it. The contemporary story starts in 2008 with the case of D.C. v. Heller, a 5-to-4...
  • Landmark California bill would allow prosecution of climate-change skeptics

    06/02/2016 10:22:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    A landmark California bill gaining steam would make it illegal to engage in climate-change dissent, clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think-tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.” The first-of-its-kind legislation — Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 — is scheduled for floor action Thursday after clearing Senate committees in April and May. The measure would allow state and local prosecutors to pursue claims against climate-change skepticism as a violation of the state’s Unfair Competition Law [UCL], as well as extend...
  • National Press Club President: What Does Donald Trump Have Against the Constitution?

    06/01/2016 1:28:49 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 76 replies
    National Press Club ^ | May 31, 2016 | John M. Donnelly
    The National Press Club president expressed alarm on Tuesday about Donald Trump’s dangerous attitude toward the First Amendment. At a press conference earlier in the day, Trump had said “the press should be ashamed of themselves” for investigating his fundraising for veterans. Trump at one point called an ABC News reporter a “sleaze.” “You know my opinion of the media,” Trump said, “it’s very low.” Two days before, Trump had told a crowd on the National Mall that reporters are “liars” and “lowlifes.” Trump had previously called for making it easier for public figures to sue news organizations for libel,...
  • UN Plots War on Free Speech to Stop "Extremism" Online [End of Free Speech as we Know It]

    05/27/2016 1:05:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/14/2016 | Alex Newman
    The United Nations Security Council wants a global "framework" for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to "counter" what its apparatchiks call "online propaganda," "hateful ideologies," and "digital terrorism." To that end, the UN Security Council this week ordered the UN "Counter-Terrorism Committee" — yes, that is a real bureaucracy — to draw up a plan by next year. From the Obama administration to the brutal Communist Chinese regime, everybody agreed that it was time for a UN-led crackdown on freedom of speech and thought online — all under the guise of fighting the transparently bogus...
  • Conspiracy charge in Oregon standoff case can 'chill' political dissent, defense lawyer says

    05/24/2016 3:58:55 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 5/23/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal conspiracy charge against 25 occupiers accused of stopping federal officers from doing their work at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is constitutionally vague and has the potential to "chill the most crucial First Amendment activity"-political dissent, defense lawyer Amy Baggio argued Monday. The charge provides a "sphere of protection" for federal employees, but it's so broadly worded that it could restrict free speech and assembly designed to criticize the federal government and how its employees exercise their duties, Baggio said. "This statute can chill, it can threatened not only First Amendment expression but the Second Amendment right to...
  • Supreme Court plaintiffs claim discrimination after Catholic cemetery rejects pro-gay headstone

    05/20/2016 10:05:56 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, May 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The homosexual plaintiffs behind the Supreme Court case legalizing gay “marriage” across the U.S. are claiming discrimination after a Catholic cemetery declined their headstone design because it conflicted with Church teaching. "It's pretty clear when you read the letter that this is a clear case of LGBT discrimination," said Greg Bourke, one-half of the same-sex Louisville, KY, couple named as plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges. Bourke and Michael De Leon held a press conference Wednesday outside St. Michael Cemetery to claim the Archdiocese of Louisville was discriminating against them for its rejection of...
  • The Constitution Is My Speech Permit

    05/20/2016 5:22:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Mike Adams
    My former attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently filed a lawsuit they never should have had to file. In the suit, they are representing a Christian student group at North Carolina State University (NCSU). At issue is an NCSU policy requiring a permit for any kind of student speech or communication anywhere on campus. This policy is a direct affront to the First Amendment, which is the only permit needed to speak on a public university campus. The policy itself is outrageous. To make matters worse, NCSU only selectively enforces the policy as they did against the plaintiffs,...
  • Amid Shouts of 'Shame,' House GOP Defeats Gay Rights Measure

    05/19/2016 5:37:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | 05/19/2016 | ERICA WERNER
    Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!," but seven Republicans switched their votes and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. Maloney and other Democrats were incensed. "They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality," Maloney said. He said he had approached Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as McCarthy worked on GOP colleagues to vote against the measure. McCarthy told Maloney to...
  • Minnesota High School Senior Suspended For Displaying Confederate Flag Will Get To Graduate

    05/18/2016 6:19:27 AM PDT · by daler · 15 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | May 17, 2016 | Tim Harlow
    With just days until his high school graduation, a Minnesota student was suspended Monday for displaying a Confederate flag on school grounds, and his participation in Friday’s commencement ceremony was questioned. But after an early-morning protest Tuesday in his support and a meeting between the family and school officials, senior Cody Nelson was back in class and will graduate with his classmates Friday night. Nelson was sent home Monday morning from Crosby-Ironton High School after he refused to remove the flag from the back window of his car that was parked on school grounds. Principal Jim Christenson had asked him...
  • Giuliani: ‘No Question’ Trump Muslim Ban Violates First Amendment

    05/11/2016 1:01:48 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 172 replies
    Breirbart ^ | December 11, 2015 | Pam Key
    11 Dec 2015 Thursday night on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban Muslim for entering the Untied States would violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. Giuliani said, “I think we have to be very careful about who we let in. I don’t think we should let any of the refugees in. I think they should be put in a safe zone in Syria, but if you do a ban on all Muslims, I have no question that you violate the first amendment. The reality is if you...
  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • Turning Up the Heat on “Climate-Change Deniers”

    05/10/2016 6:52:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | Ed Feulner
    In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate-change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions of man-made global warming. That’s bad enough, but no -- I mean that if some powerful individuals get their way, it could soon be a federal crime to do so. “The bottom line is simple,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said at a recent press conference. “Climate change is real.” He was joined...
  • You Need To Know About Tom Perez: Likely Hillary VP Opposes First Amendment

    04/26/2016 9:52:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 26, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Could the next president of the United States be neither Clinton, Trump, Cruz, or Kasich ... but Thomas Perez? It’s far more likely than you might think. Even before any candidate definitively secures either party’s presidential nomination, 2016 is looking more and more like 1912 all over again. In that fateful year, Theodore Roosevelt -- after four years of bored retirement -- decided that he wanted to be president again. However, Roosevelt’s handpicked successor William Howard Taft refused to yield. Because of the split, even though the Democrats’ dour, arrogant Woodrow Wilson won fewer popular votes than perennial failed...
  • Treasuring Freedom of Religion

    04/18/2016 5:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Terry Paulson
    As Americans, we’re blessed by our Constitutional freedoms, but they’re so easily taken for granted. When any of our liberties are under attack, they must be defended and preserved for future generations. Our religious civil liberties are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “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.” Clarifying religious freedom is an ongoing challenge. In Everson...
  • AL: More Campus Fascism: No Free Speech for Second Amendment Supporters

    04/17/2016 5:16:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from campusreform.org Universities are developing a deserved reputation for places that act as little fascist states, only allowing speech that the University Administration agrees with, or is considered "politically correct".  The University of Alabama has lived up to the reputation by citing a student who was peacefully wearing an empty holster in a protest over the Universitity's no weapon policy.  The campus police explicitly say that they are citing the student because "someone called it in".  The campus policy does not prohibit holsters.  The citation is for "Engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community"...
  • Obama IRS Corruption Update (Weekly Update)

    04/16/2016 10:40:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 15, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest Defending the First Amendment against the Obama IRS Only 3 U.S. Airports Require Employee Security Checks JW Gets Props in The Wall Street JournalJudicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest With a notorious Democrat in the White House, it bears repeating that there are corrupt politicians in both the Republican and Democrat parties. The “corruption caucus” in the political world is both bipartisan and growing. True to our non-partisan educational mission, we...