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  • 6 Incidents Unmasking Social Media Giants as Enemies of Free Speech

    07/24/2017 11:34:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    “Hate speech is not free speech,” the Left increasingly insists – particularly on college and university campuses. In my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies), I show why the very concept of hate speech is a scam. Here are the top seven:1. Twitter decides who has the right to “hate speech” Consider, for example, what Twitter does not consider to be “hate speech.” A Muslim named Obaid Karki, @stsheetrock on Twitter, runs a website headed “Obaid Karki St.Sheetrock’s Painfulpolitics Offensive Comedy Hepcat” and another called “Suicide Bombers Magazine.” He posted this on one of...
  • Stop Telling Students Free Speech Is Traumatizing Them

    07/18/2017 2:54:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | July 18, 2017 | Jesse Singal
    One fairly common idea that pops up again and again during the endless national conversation about college campuses, free speech, and political correctness is the notion that certain forms of speech do such psychological harm to students that administrators have an obligation to eradicate them — or, failing that, that students have an obligation to step in and do so themselves (as has happened during recent, high-profile episodes involving Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos, which turned violent). Such claims of harm — often summed up as “speech is violence” — aren’t typically invoked in response to actual Nazis, or anything...
  • Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to speak at City Club of Cleveland, and people are incensed

    07/18/2017 1:04:37 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7/18/2017 | Janice Morice
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is speaking next month at the City Club of Cleveland, and the outcry has been one of the most volatile in the 105-year history of the citadel of free speech. The City Club has received some positive feedback about the Aug. 3 forum with Lewandowski, now a commentator on Fox News, yet voices of intolerance were the loudest... ...The reactions have prompted Moulthrop to defend the club's decision in an op-ed piece on cleveland.com. Why the City Club invited Corey Lewandowski to Cleveland: Dan Moulthrop (Opinion) "We're interested in Lewandowski's perspective...
  • BETRAYAL: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written by Islamic Terror-Linked Groups

    07/18/2017 5:34:25 AM PDT · by Mafe · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2017 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Remember the bakers in Oregon who were driven out of business for refusing to bake a cake for a ceremony that was against their principles? They were fined $135,000 under Oregon law. Now the federal government is going even further, by pushing a bill to erode the First Amendment, which would criminalize opinions deemed as “hate speech.” Indeed, if House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law, or radical Islam. The United States already has strict laws that protect against hate crimes, so one reasonably...
  • FEC Shoots Down Democrat’s Plan to Target Conservative Media (Drudge and others)

    07/15/2017 2:22:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/14/2017 | COLIN MADINE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined a proposal by Democrat Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to undertake new rulemaking regarding alleged foreign influence in the 2016 election to target conservative media including the Drudge Report and Breitbart News, stating it “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.” The FEC has declined to consider new rulemaking over alleged foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election that could target conservative media including InfoWars and Breitbart News. In a statement released by Vice Chair Caroline Hunter and...
  • What Happened to the First Amendment?

    07/04/2017 5:57:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2017 | Congressman Francis Rooney
    Our First Amendment right to free speech is under assault on many college and university campuses around the country. Under the guise of protecting students, the freedom to express views not deemed acceptable to an intolerant, judgmental elite is being attacked and denounced by students, professors and, in many cases, administrators. Protection from what? Safely ensconced in the artificial, surreal atmosphere of the campus, far away from the harsh realities of life, buttressed by the excessive financial beneficence of hard-working American taxpayers, these close-minded liberals have the intellectual arrogance to think they should decide for all of us which ideas...
  • Why Did Marco Rubio Submit an Islamist MPAC Resolution Against Islamophobia?

    07/03/2017 3:08:36 PM PDT · by Lera · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | June 20, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Senate can't seem to repeal ObamaCare. Or get much of anything done. But it found time for important matters like this... as Judith Bergman at Gatestone reveals. On April 4, 2017, the US Senate passed Senate Resolution 118, "Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States". The resolution was drafted by a Muslim organization, EmgageUSA (formerly EmergeUSA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). The resolution includes the claim that... Whereas, in 2015, hate crimes targeting Muslims in the United States...
  • NJ college fires professor over comments made on Tucker Carlson Tonight

    06/24/2017 6:10:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2017 | Josh Delk
    Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive comments in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, according to a new report by the Associated Press. The college’s president, Anthony Munroe, announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Durden went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss an “all-black Memorial Day celebration” hosted by a Black Lives Matter group. When asked by Carlson about the event, Durden interrupted the host, saying “boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited” to the Black Lives...
  • 47 Groups Sign Letter Demanding End to Johnson Amendment So Churches Have Free Speech

    06/22/2017 8:34:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    Alliance Defending Freedom joined 47 other signatories to a letter delivered to congressional leaders this week that encourages them to make hearings and votes on the Free Speech Fairness Act a priority. The bill, introduced by Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Jody Hice, R-Ga., in February, would allow non-profit organizations to speak freely in the ordinary course of their business on all matters of life, including elections and candidates, if they choose to do so. ADF has been actively seeking to end enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against churches through its Pulpit Freedom Sunday effort since 2008. “Americans don’t need...
  • Dianne Feinstein Defends Canceling Conservative Speakers On Campus

    06/22/2017 7:15:18 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2017
    Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein defended the University of California, Berkeley at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, and suggested colleges shouldn’t have to accommodate controversial speakers. The hearing was sparked by countless free speech violations on college campuses across the country, where conservative speakers are often shouted down by leftist protesters, physically assaulted or in some instances prevented from speaking at all. ... In a heated back-and-forth with one of the panelists at the hearing, UCLA law professor and First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh, Feinstein declared, “One of the problems that I have is that there is an expectation...
  • When A Free Press Opposes Free Speech

    06/22/2017 6:26:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2017 | Mike Adams
    The Charlotte Observer recently ran an editorial, which seeks to intentionally misinform the public about HB527 – a bill to restore free speech on campuses in the UNC system. Let me be as clear as I possibly can: The editors who wrote this piece are not confused about what HB527 says. They are intentionally misrepresenting what it says because they oppose free speech. That’s a bold statement, which I intend to back by reprinting the worst parts of their editorial followed by my own observations:"…(T)he move by North Carolina and a handful of other states to enact laws that enhance...
  • Spare Me The Principles Lecture

    06/22/2017 2:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    I think it was mildly amusing that some loud right-wingers spent a minute disrupting a bunch of New York liberals’ conservative murder porn party. There, I said it. And now, according to some people on the conservative side, I’m not a conservative anymore.Oh. Well, if conservatism has morphed into a human centipede of onanistic purity-signaling, then you fussy guardians of the word can have it.Now, there is a coherent and reasonable argument that hitting back liberals with a taste of their own medicine – that is, inflicting upon them a microscopic fraction of what they have spent decades inflicting upon...
  • Goodbye Reason, Hello Violence

    06/21/2017 9:52:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2017 | Bob Barr
    When Richard Spencer, a controversial figure of the “Alt-Right,” was punched in the face during a television interview earlier this year, the Left cheered the assault, and turned video of the attack into gleeful memes. “The only good thing that happened [at Donald Trump’s Inauguration] was when suit-owner and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer was socked in the head by the new masked hero of Gotham,” wrote Jordan Sargent at Billboard Music’s Spin.com. For a movement populated by pacifists and peaceniks, the Left’s justification of the violence against Spencer came surprisingly easy.Then, last Friday, when two protestors disrupted a disturbing production in...
  • Both Sides Aren't Violent

    06/21/2017 5:38:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/17 | Katy Grimes
    All need to remember Thomas Jefferson's words: "I have sworn on the altar of God eternal enmity against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Nothing will change until you do Free speech is under assault in America. And in California, free speech is being bushwhacked. People are attacked just for having patriotic bumper stickers on their cars. Trump supporters who attend rallies are threatened, assaulted, beat up, and in a weekend attack in Santa Monica, a 28-year old man was knifed nine times! The only people being attacked are Trump supporters. The media lie “both sides do...
  • BOOM!! Protesters INTERRUPT Trump Assassination Play – RUSH STAGE (trc)

    06/16/2017 7:03:42 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 139 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 16, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    PROTESTER INTERRUPTS TRUMP ASSASSINATION PLAY IN CENTRAL PARK! SCREAMING “STOP LIBERAL VIOLENCE! — GOEBBELS WOULD BE PROUD! — YOU’RE A NAZI CROWD!!!” The Shakespeare in the Park rendition of Julius Caesar is still scheduled to play this weekend in Central Park after the shooting of GOP Rep. Scalise by a devout Bernie Sanders supporter.The New York Times and CNN’s parent company Time Warner are standing by their sponsorship of a play that depicts the brutal assassination of President Donald Trump, raising the question of whether the news reporting outlets should retain their credentials to cover and have access to President...
  • Certain Conditions May NOT Apply.

    06/20/2017 4:08:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-20-17 | MOTUS
    What part of “Free Speech” do you not understand? “(The idea that the government may restrict) speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,” wrote Justice Alito in his opinion. “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.'”“A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an ‘egregious form of content discrimination,’ which is ‘presumptively unconstitutional,'” Justice Kennedy wrote in...
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech

    06/19/2017 1:20:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 19, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, the Supreme Court has handed down a decision that’s gonna have some ramifications. They have ruled for, in favor of an Asian-American rock band that calls themselves The Slants. Snerdley, you’re a big music guy. Have you ever heard of The Slants, Asian-American rock band called The Slants? I never have. You have heard of them? You like their music? Ohhh, but you’ve not heard their music, you never heard of ’em ’til the story hit? All right. Well, get this. In a win for Asian-American rock band The Slants — and this has got possible ramifications, good...
  • Great news. The United Nations will try to outlaw cultural appropriation

    06/18/2017 10:47:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 18, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Like me, I’m sure most of you feel that the issue of “cultural appropriation” is one of the defining debates of our time, far more so than petty concerns over things like terrorism, war or an exploding national debt. (Okay… I’ll stop with the sarcasm for a while.) But what to do about it? In the United States we have all of these pesky rules about free speech embedded in our constitution and a history of allowing free expression for individuals. How do you get around that?Never fear. The United Nations is ready to rush to the rescue. If a...
  • 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...
  • Why Are We So Divided?

    06/17/2017 4:33:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2017 | John C. Goodman
    What do these events have in common?A deranged Bernie Sanders supporter opens fire on a group of Republican congressmen at baseball practice and would have killed them all but for the unusual presence of two Capitol Hill police officers.A version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar features the assassination of an actor who, instead of wearing a toga, is dressed to look like Donald Trump. A comedienne for CNN appears ISIS-like, holding the image of Donald Trump’s severed head – dripping with fake blood.On college campuses throughout the country black students insist on separate, black-only graduation ceremonies and at one institution black students...