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Archive for the 'Freedom of Speech' Category

Swedish Cartoonist Attacked Over Mohammed Cartoons

by @ Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

The cartoonist who drew “controversial” Mohammed cartoons that appeared in Swedish newspapers was attacked by Muslim extremists:
Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist whose sketch of the Prophet Muhammad enraged many Muslims, was head-butted today while giving a lecture about freedom of speech.
Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in 2007, said [...]

Bill Maher: Western Civilization Isn’t Just Different, It’s Better

Bill Maher’s monologue from Friday night is one of those rare times where I actually agree with him 100%:

British Preacher Arrested For Calling Homosexuality A Sin

A preacher in England has been arrested for taking the position that homosexuality is sinful:
Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.
The 42-year-old Baptist, who has [...]

Why Should Obscenity Be Illegal ? Answer: It Shouldn’t

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Privacy, Right to Contract

Another classic from Reason TV:

Why The West Should Show Solidarity With South Park

by @ Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who was the subject of Theo Van Gogh’s film Submission has a great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal arguing that the West needs to stand up to the Islamists who would punish every satirical depiction of Mohammed:
The entertainment business, especially Hollywood, is one of the wealthiest and most [...]

Bart Simpson Supports South Park, Even If Comedy Central Won’t

The scene above showed up last night during The Simpsons’ intro sequence:
With ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone receiving death threats from the radical Revolution Muslim regarding their depiction of Muhammad, their comedy brethren have shown their support. Last week, Jon Stewart came to their defense, and last night, ‘The [...]

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of California Video Game Law

Last year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a California law that made it illegal to sell “violent” video games to minors. Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the State of California’s appeal in that case:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether free speech rights are more important than helping [...]

Why South Park Matters

by @ Monday, April 26th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Ross Douthat explains why the South Park Muhammed controversy matters:
In a way, the muzzling of “South Park” is no more disquieting than any other example of Western institutions’ cowering before the threat of Islamist violence. It’s no worse than the German opera house that temporarily suspended performances of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” because it included a [...]

Saudi Lawyer To File Suit Over Danish Mohammed Cartoons

A Saudi lawyer is saying he is going to file a lawsuit in England against the creators of the Danish Mohammed cartoons:
UP TO 95,000 descendants of the prophet Muhammad are planning to bring a libel action in Britain over “blasphemous” cartoons of the founder of Islam, even though they were published in the Danish press.
The [...]

NYPD Increases Security At Comedy Central Offices In Wake Of Threats

by @ Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Oh my:
The New York Police Department has stepped up security at the headquarters of the Comedy Central cable channel after an Islamic extremist Web site posted apparent threats to the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, for making fun of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Browne, NYPD deputy commissioner and chief spokesman, says [...]

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