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  • Seattle Public Library "Considering" Whether to Cancel Meeting of Trans-Skeptical Feminist Group

    12/11/2019 12:35:16 PM PST · by karpov · 38 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 10, 2019 | Eugene Volokh
    The Seattle Times (Crystal Paul) reports: 'Community members including transgender locals and trans allies have inundated the Seattle Public Library with calls and emails, asking the library system to cancel an upcoming event hosted by the Women's Liberation Front—a self-described "radical feminist organization" that has publicly espoused what critics call anti-trans views. The group's event, titled "Fighting the New Misogyny: A Feminist Critique of Gender Identity," is publicized as "a critical analysis of gender identity" that will "make powerful arguments for sex-based women's rights," according to the event page.' The law here is clear: When a library opens space for...
  • DOJ: ‘College Campuses Should Not Be Mini Police States’

    12/11/2019 9:50:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | December 11, 2019 | Lindsey Marie
    The Department of Justice sided with college students reprimanded for promoting free speech by slamming Jones County Junior College’s “Orwellian,” “draconian,” and “unconstitutional” treatment of them in a Statement of Interest filed on Monday. The DOJ made explicitly clear that public colleges cannot “trample” on their students’ First Amendment rights. In a news release from the DOJ announcing the Statement of Interest filing, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division clearly stated, “Repressive speech codes are the indecent hallmark of despotic, totalitarian regimes. They have absolutely no place in our country, and the First Amendment outlaws all...
  • 'No Safe Spaces' Raises Frightening Doubts About Our Freedoms

    12/06/2019 5:28:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 6, 2019 | John Kass
    No matter what side you take on Trump Impeachment Theater, or just about any other topic for that matter -- from the politics of chicken sandwiches to climate change -- if you dare challenge the views of the reigning political priests, chances are you'll be called stupid and hateful. And someone will want to shut you up. The traditional American response to such silencing has always been: "This is a free country, isn't it?" But is it now? Or are we building a new "Animal Farm," where we are told what to think and how to think it? These are...
  • Google removes 300 Donald Trump ads for ‘violating company policy’

    12/02/2019 12:08:57 PM PST · by conservative98 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 2, 2019 | 1:13pm | Ebony Bowden
    More than 300 ads from President Trump’s re-election campaign were removed by YouTube and Google over the summer for “violating company policy,” according to a new report. The video ads paid for by Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., ran for several days on YouTube before being taken down, an investigation by “60 Minutes” found Sunday. When quizzed on why the ads were pulled, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said some of videos were “not approved to run,” before deferring any further questions to Google’s online transparency report, which keeps an archive of political ads. But the...
  • Supreme Court weighs lawsuit pitting climate scientist against skeptics

    11/21/2019 4:00:35 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 21 2019 | John Kruzel
    The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to take up a prominent climatologist's defamation suit against a venerated conservative magazine, in a case that pits climate scientists against the free speech rights of global warming skeptics. The dispute between scientist Michael Mann and the National Review has drawn attention from lawmakers, interest groups, academics and media, as the court weighs adding a potentially blockbuster First Amendment showdown to an already politically charged docket. Scientists hail Mann’s lawsuit as a necessary defense against efforts to erode public confidence in the scientific consensus that climate change is an urgent threat, while...
  • Ed.Secretary:.. 200 colleges use ‘speech bullies’ to prevent ‘hurt feelings’......

    11/14/2019 4:59:33 PM PST · by caww · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer. ^ | 11/14/2019 | Paul Bedford
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday the speech SWAT teams are at 200 schools and 'interfere with learning' and helping students interact with ideas they might not agree with. The education secretary said that free speech must be protected on campuses, even if it hurts feelings. “Feelings are important, but 'learning isn’t about feelings.... It’s about thinking.... And it’s a willingness to engage with any and all ideas — even ones with which you disagree or ones that aren’t your own,” she said according to a copy of her speech shared with Secrets. “This administration won’t let students be silenced....
  • Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy

    11/14/2019 10:08:05 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 14 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A coalition of civil rights groups are demanding that Facebook overhaul its political speech policy, according to a letter obtained by The Hill Thursday. The letter, dated Friday, followed up on a meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and the leaders of the groups — including the NAACP, Color of Change and National Action Network — at the Facebook CEO’s home earlier this month. The organizations, which also include Muslim Advocates, UnidosUS and the National Urban League, are asking for a response from Facebook by Nov. 25. Among the requests made in the letter is putting “guardrails on the newsworthiness exemption,” referring...
  • Journalists Against Free Speech

    11/13/2019 6:43:34 PM PST · by karpov · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2019 | John Tierney
    Suppose you’re the editorial-page editor of a college newspaper, contemplating the big news on campus: protesters have silenced an invited speaker and gone on a violent rampage. Should you, as a journalist whose profession depends on the First Amendment, write an editorial reaffirming the right to free speech? If that seems like a no-brainer, you’re behind the times. The question stumped the staff of the Middlebury Campus after protesters silenced conservative social thinker Charles Murray and injured the professor who’d invited him. The prospect of taking a stand on the First Amendment was so daunting that the paper dispensed with...
  • Free Speech Triumphs at the University of Michigan

    11/07/2019 5:19:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 7, 2019 | Ken Blackwell
    In a victory for free speech on college campuses, Speech First, a nonprofit focused on defending the exercise of First Amendment rights, has agreed to a settlement with the University of Michigan that protects students’ free-speech rights and resolves the issues prompting the lawsuit.  This landmark victory for free expression means the University of Michigan can no longer intentionally chill student speech while ignoring the guaranteed protections of the First Amendment. The settlement paves the way for college students who may have been too fearful or too intimidated to express their opinions to finally embrace their free-speech rights and engage in...
  • Judge bans business owners from stating Christian beliefs

    11/02/2019 1:34:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 66 replies ^ | 11/2/19 | Bob Unruh
    A federal judge has affirmed a Colorado law that effectively bans business owners from freely expressing in public their religious beliefs about marriage and homosexuality. Colorado was the loser in a similar dispute, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state show "hostility" to the Christian beliefs of Jack Phillips in its handling of his refusal to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Since then, openly homosexual Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pursued a gay-rights agenda that includes allowing people to indicate their sex on driver's licenses according to their "gender identity" and banning...
  • Facebook is censoring conservative spreech

    10/31/2019 6:59:32 AM PDT · by ritpg · 25 replies
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  • Why America needs a hate speech law

    10/30/2019 4:36:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2019 | Richard Stengel
    When I was a journalist, I loved Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s assertion that the Constitution and the First Amendment are not just about protecting “free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.” But as a government official traveling around the world championing the virtues of free speech, I came to see how our First Amendment standard is an outlier. Even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran. Why, they asked me, would you ever want to...
  • House overwhelmingly approves contentious new copyright bill (CASE Act)

    10/27/2019 9:51:03 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | Oct 22, 2019, 7:02pm | Makena Kelly
    On Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to approve a measure that would shake up the Copyright Office if it were made into law, creating a small claims court where online content creators can go after their infringers. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, or the CASE Act for short, was approved by 410-6 vote. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the measure last year with the goal of giving graphic artists, photographers, and other content creators a more efficient pathway toward receiving damages if their works are infringed. Under current law, all copyright suits must go through the...
  • Majority of Americans want to change the First Amendment: people want jail time for hate speech

    10/26/2019 4:36:17 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 106 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 25th october 2019 | MATTHEW WRIGHT
    A new poll found that the majority of Americans would like the First Amendment to be rewritten to reflect the current climate - including updates such as being able to punish 'hate speech' and media who publish content that is 'biased, inflammatory, or false.' Of the 1,004 respondents who completed the online study, 51 percent of Millennials (those between the ages of 21-38) felt that hate speech should be against the law. In comparison, some 46 percent of Gen X (ages 39-54) and some 46 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55-73) felt like hate speech should be against the law....
  • Bozell & Graham Column: Speech Police and Safe Spaces

    10/26/2019 9:09:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 10/26/2019 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    Freedom of speech is in the First Amendment for a reason. Freedom begins with the ability to speak your opinion without fear of censorship or violent reprisal or imprisonment. This is a precious human right, not something that most countries in the world revere like we have. But here in America, free speech is most dangerously under attack in the one place you would not expect: the universities. Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla have created a new documentary on the subject called No Safe Spaces. Prager announces near the outset that a Pew Research Center survey found 49 percent of...
  • The Left’s Dangerous Assault on Free Speech

    10/25/2019 7:57:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 24, 2019 | Arthur Milikh
    Strange days, indeed, when America’s free press opposes free speech. “Free speech is killing us,” headlined a New York Times op-ed. Its author, New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz, argued that “hate speech” leads to violence. Worse, he claims it can cause totalitarianism and even genocide. To avoid this fate, Marantz says we must rethink the First Amendment, which would include government and private companies striving to limit “hate speech.” He agrees with a former American Civil Liberties Union official that one day in the not-so-distant future, legal “protection of hate speech” will “seem ridiculous in retrospect.” Some governments have...
  • Majority of Americans Want to Scrap First Amendment, Polling Finds; Hate Speech Should Be Outlawed

    10/25/2019 7:57:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    CFS polling results show:51% of Americans think the First Amendment is outdated and should be rewritten. The First Amendment protects your right to free speech, free assembly, and freedom of religion, among other things.48% believe “hate speech” should be illegal. (“Hate speech” is not defined—we left it up to the individual participant.) Of those, about half think the punishment for “hate speech” should include possible jail time, while the rest think it should just be a ticket and a fine.80% don’t actually know what the First Amendment really protects. Those polled believed this statement is true: “The First Amendment allows...
  • Speech Police and 'Safe Spaces'

    10/25/2019 4:26:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | October 25, 2019 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    Freedom of speech is in the First Amendment for a reason. Freedom begins with the ability to speak your opinion without fear of censorship or violent reprisal or imprisonment. This is a precious human right, not something that most countries in the world revere like we have. But here in America, free speech is most dangerously under attack in the one place you would not expect: the universities. Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla have created a new documentary on the subject called "No Safe Spaces." Prager announces near the outset that a Pew Research Center survey found 49% of college...
  • Church Concerned that It May be Targeted Over Pro-Life Speech Activities Near Planned Parenthood

    10/19/2019 10:55:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | October 6, 2019 | Michelle Terry
    The American Center for Law & Justice represents the Everett, Washington, chapter of The Church at Planned Parenthood. The Church at Planned Parenthood-Everett (“TCAPP”) is an organization that hosts a “gathering of Christians for the worship of God and the corporate prayer for repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church and repentance of our blood guiltiness in this abortion holocaust.” In April 2019, TCAPP began holding monthly worship services in Everett, near the Planned Parenthood Everett Health Center. In June, TCAPP was approached by City of Everett law enforcement officers who stated that the City of Everett had...
  • DNC, DHS, FBI, Twitter All Monitoring “Beto Is A Furry” Meme, Other “Disinformation”

    10/16/2019 8:54:28 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 43 replies
    Loomer's site ^ | October 16, 2019 | Peter M. D'Abrosca
    According to a Tuesday POLITICO report, there is a massive and coordinated effort on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), federal law enforcement agencies, and social media outlets like Twitter to monitor and remove “disinformation” from the internet during the 2020 election cycle. In principle, this effort is an authoritarian effort to control the free flow of information which will almost certainly be used against conservatives on behalf of the leftist political establishment. To wit, the aforementioned organizations, which include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working to tackle what they...