University Safe Zones, a Danger for the First Amendment

Recently while on a speaking tour in California I spent an evening with a family in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They told me how wonderful it was to speak freely about their values with my wife and me.  Apparently their values weren’t very welcomed in the public discourse of their geographic location.  This brought to mind an idea postulated by Winston Churchill, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing ever happened.” The Read more […]

Thought & Speech Police Are Alive and Well at University of Missouri

“I always feel like somebody’s watching me,” say the lyrics of the popular 90s song by Rockwall.  At University of Missouri today, this is more than just a feeling.  University Police are asking students to report anyone who uses “hurtful speech.” Medialite.com reports: In an email that was flagged by several Missouri-based journalists, the MUPD asked “individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions” to call the department’s general phone line “to continue Read more […]

Praying Coach and Freedom of Speech

The saga of the praying coach in Bremerton, Washington, continues.  Last night, the assistant coach attended the game as a member of the public as stipulated in his administrative leave agreement.  At that same game, members of the Seattle chapter of the Satanic Temple were watching the game and had requested an opportunity to do an invocation on the field.  After learning of the coach’s suspension, the group withdrew their request to perform the invocation. The Seattle Times reported this Read more […]

Tolerance is for Everyone

In Atlanta, a federal judge will decide if former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has a valid case against the City of Atlanta. Atlanta’s Channel 11, NBC News affiliate broadcast the story: The Atlanta Fire Chief terminated after he published controversial comments about homosexuality pursued his wrongful termination case in federal court. Federal Judge Leigh May said she will make her decision on whether the case against the city of of Atlanta should be dismissed “soon.” Kelvin Cochran was fired Read more […]

Charlie Hebdo Insults Are Legal but a Politician is on Trial for Objecting to Overwhelming Muslim Immigration

If you are concerned about the cultural implications of Muslim immigration, the French government will prosecute you. On January 8 of this year our writers began posting about Charlie Hebdo and free speech. The reason for this was Islamic mass murder of a rather vile publication called Charlie Hebdo. Vile or not, they were killed for what they wrote and published and drew as cartoons. So the French public, Europe, and the Western world went on a giant collective rant of words and symbolic gestures Read more […]

Christian Speech Ban: Oregon Labor Commissioner Cancels First Amendment for Couple Being Bankrupted for Refusing to Bake Same-Sex “Wedding” Cake

Not only are Christians being punished for not speaking a Liberal message, but they are subject to a Christian speech ban. [Editor’s note: Happy Fourth of July!] You think the modern rainbows are all about “tolerance,” eh? Yeah, tolerance meaning: If you don’t agree, we’ll sue you, fine you, bankrupt you, and strip you of your First Amendment rights to even talk about what we’ve done to you. Uh huh, that kind of tolerance. [See also, “Christian Cake Bakers Bankrupted by State.”] As Read more […]

Both Left and Right are More Free in Conservative Environments

If you want to see both Left and Right perspectives expressed and debated, you need to find a right-wing culture. David French has written an essay about his experience in life that I think many of us have also experienced: “In the Real World, Not Hollywood, the Left Is Close-Minded, and the Right Allows Dissent.” I’ve split my professional life between two American cultures: half spent in the bluest-of-blue cities and the other half in the reddest-of-red rural South. I’ve split my jobs Read more […]

California Legislature: Pro-Lifers Must Push Tax-Funded Abortions

The California State Assembly just passed a law forcing crisis pregnancy centers to tell clients about “free” tax-funded abortions available to them. I guess it was only a matter of time before a blue state would try to force pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote tax-funded abortions available in the state. [See also, “Shock & Dismay for American Abortionists.”] Breitbart.com reports: “California passes bill forcing pro-life centers to push abortion.” On Tuesday, Read more […]

University Policy: Spy on Students; Bring Us Their Social Security Numbers

A bizarre university policy tells students to report on the speech crimes (!?) of other students and collect all identifying information, including social security numbers. The University of Colorado-Boulder has taken Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” and applied it to political correctness. According to Robby Soave at the Reason.com Hit & Run blog, the school wants students to inform on each other when they witness “bias incidents,” by reporting the perpetrators Read more […]

Kirsten Powers on Christina Hoff Sommers and the Violent Campus Cult

Christina Hoff Sommers remembers when professors and students would argue with her; now they try to ban her. I’m not a big fan of Christina Hoff Sommers or Kirsten Powers. But they both have their good points and those points are emphasized in Kirstin Powers’ column, “’Safe-space’ America dangerous to dissenters.” Christina Hoff Sommers has been speaking on college campuses for two decades challenging students to embrace what she calls “equity feminism” over “gender feminism.” In her Read more […]

Senate Judicial Committee Repudiates & Attacks the Bill of Rights

Here’s one to keep an eye on… an attempt to gut and overturn the First Amendment with a “hey, we’re only trying to address this…” while the hand behind their back has a much more expansive agenda or, at least, a boatload of unintended consequences (whether you want to believe supporters are evil or stupid—your choice). From Zac Morgan at National Review Online: “Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy?” The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10–8 vote a constitutional Read more […]

Why a Constitutional Amendment? I Thought We Just Ignored the Bill of Rights

The National Religious Broadcasters: The United States Senate is considering an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that could have serious repercussions for First Amendment freedoms.  While proponents of the amendment are lauding it as a move toward campaign finance reform, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, called it “convoluted” and “unacceptable,” and warned it would be “detrimental to liberty and equality, preparing the way for the government to prefer one voice over Read more […]