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Archive for the 'Freedom of Speech' Category

The First Amendment And Education

Over at Outside The Beltway, I take a look at the case of two Massachusetts high school teachers disciplined for an anti-war protest at a school assembly.

The Flag And Freedom: Thoughts On Flag Day

by @ Monday, June 14th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, History, Individual Liberty

Reposted from last year:
Twenty years ago when the flag burning debate was on the front pages, I wrote this article for The Freeman. I’ve posted it here before, but the words bear repeating:
The recent Supreme Court decision overturning state and Federal laws that made it a crime to burn or desecrate [...]

Washington Post Backs Up Ken Cuccinelli On Westboro Baptist Church Case Position

The Washington Post is defending Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s decision to not join 47 other states in siding with the father of a dead Marine in his lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church:
It would be difficult to find a more loathsome band than Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., whose sparse congregation mounts small [...]

Reason’s Nick Gillespie On The So-Called “Death Of Decency”: We Don’t Need A Television Nanny

by @ Wednesday, June 9th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Movies, Television

Yesterday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie appeared on CNBC to discuss the perpetual debate about the so-called “death of decency” on television:

Ken Cuccinelli Stands Up For Freedom Of Speech

Virginia is one of only a handful of states that is not filing a friend of the court brief on behalf of the Plaintiff in the Snyder v. Phelps, the lawsuit by a father of a dead soldier seeking damages from the Westboro Baptist Church for their offensive funeral protests. Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli [...]

Once Again, Sarah Palin Clearly Doesn’t Understand The First Amendment

Back during the Presidential campaign, Sarah Palin reacted to the media microscope she had been under since August 29th by saying this:
ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment [...]

A Contribution For “Everybody Draw Muhammed” Day

by @ Thursday, May 20th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Instead of creating my own drawing, here are the cartoons created in 2007 by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who was attacked last week at Uppsalla University by a group of Muslims, and whose home was the target of an arson attack last weekend. In his cartoons, which were created specifically to protest the Muslim reaction [...]

Reason Magazine’s “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

by @ Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

The person who first proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” backed off from the idea several weeks ago, but the guys at Reason Magazine have picked up the ball:
The deadline for submitting work to Reason’s Everybody Draw Mohammed contest has passed; winners will be shown on Thursday, May 20.
All that remains is anticipation, both of the [...]

Arsonists Strike Home Of Swedish Muhammed Cartoonist

by @ Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Last week, Lars Vilks was attacked while giving a speech at Uppsalla University on the subject of free speech and Islam. Over the weekend, his home was set on fire:
STOCKHOLM — The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected [...]

Woody Allen: Obama Should Be Given Dictatorial Powers

Once again, Woody Allen proves that Hollywood stars probably shouldn’t be allowed to pontificate about politics:
Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous.
The “Scoop” director said it would be a cool idea for President Barack Obama to be dictator for for a few years.
Why?
So he could [...]

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