Tag Archives: freedom of speech

POLL: 43% Of Republicans Say Trump Should Have The Power To Shut Down Media Outlets For “Bad Behavior”

The Daily Beast reports: Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast. All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed …

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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Rips Trump On Free Press Threats: Are You “Recanting Your Oath” To The Constitution?

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is questioning whether President Trump is still committed to preserving the First Amendment after he repeatedly floated retribution against the media for publishing stories he doesn’t like. “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to …

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Bill Donohue Melts Down On Fox News

“I should sue the Pope for plagiarism because if you match word-for-word what I said and what he said, it’s almost identical.”

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Pope Francis On France Attack: There Must Be Limits On Freedom Of Expression

Via Yahoo News: Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But …

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Bill Donohue: If Someone Kills the Piss Christ Artist, It Will Be His Own Fault

Piss Christ was hammered into pieces in 2011 by Catholic protesters during its display at a French gallery.

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FLASHBACK: That Time In 1958 When The Supreme Court Ruled On Gay Rights

Via the Los Angeles Times: The road to gay rights at the U.S. Supreme Court began not in San Francisco or New York, but in a small downtown Los Angeles office, where volunteer writers and editors in 1953 launched a new “magazine for homosexuals.” ONE, as it was called, offered thoughtful articles, defiant editorials and none of the racy photos …

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Tweet Of The Day – Catholic League

Despite what Donohue claims above, it is Hewitt who destroys in a segment that aired nationwide today on the Salem Radio Network. (Salem is the parent company of Twitchy, Townhall, and other far-right sites.) Hewitt, perhaps obviously, is himself a far-right Christianist, which only makes his truly brutal evisceration of Bill Donohue much, much more enjoyable. Hit the link and …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Atheist Protest Of Jesus Statue Charges Meets Counter-Protesters

Remember the teenager in Pennsylvania who faces two years in juvenile detention for posing on a statue of Jesus? This happened this weekend: A successful protest, where several dozen people rallied in favor of free speech, was marred on Saturday, when a belligerent group of counter protesters, including two from what appeared to be a motorcycle gang, crashed the demonstration …

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Red-Caped Catholic Loons: Ban Satanist Events Because Religious Freedom

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American Family Association: The First Amendment Only Applies To Christians

“I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly …

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Quote Of The Day – Tristan Emmanuel

“In both Britain and Canada, for example, we still had blasphemy laws on the books no less then ten years ago. The penalties – the penal sanctions – were fines and possible imprisonment, not hangings and whippings, but this is beside the point. [snip] One can advocate for the law principle, while not advocating for a particular type of punishment, …

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BRITAIN: Street Preacher Awarded $20K After Bust For Anti-Gay Speech

Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid reports that a street preacher has been awarded just over $20K in a lawsuit filed after he was arrested for telling two teenagers that they will burn in hell for being gay. John Craven, 57, recited from Revelation after two gay teenagers asked about his views on homosexuality. But after he read from chapter 21, verse …

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Ireland Sees Anti-Pantigate Bill

Last month there was an uproar in Ireland after state television paid off anti-gay columnists who claimed that they were libeled when drag activist Panti Bliss called them homophobes. The flap became known in the press as Pantigate and turned Panti Bliss into an international icon. Today a bill was introduced in Ireland’s legislature that would grant broadcasters some protections …

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Fox Anchor Greta Van Susteren Tries To School Sarah Palin On Free Speech

Via Mediaite: In a Facebook post, Palin declared that “free speech is an endangered species.” Monday night on Fox News, Greta Van Susteren attempted to explain why invoking the First Amendment in this case does not actually make any sense. Palin said she would leave it to the lawyers to decide whether it’s a “free speech rule of law or …

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Brian Brown Has The GLAAD Sadz

“As you have undoubtedly heard, the special-interest homosexual group GLAAD launched their campaign to bully A&E networks into suspending Ducky Dynasty star Phil Robertson from his own show simply for honestly answering questions put to him in an interview with GQ magazine about the tenets of his faith. It clearly demonstrates how intensely aggressive and intolerant the radicals pushing the …

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HomoQuotable – Michelangelo Signorile

“The Duck Dynasty controversy has become so ugly so fast. It’s time to just call it what it is. Religious zealots like Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson are using the Bible to defame a group of people and excuse horrible actions against that group in the name of their Bible, refusing responsibility for the hate their words condone and inspire. …

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Quote Of The Day – Matt Taibbi

“Conservatives have always had trouble grasping the difference between public censorship and private enterprise. With a few exceptions, like whistleblower laws and National Labor Relations Board protections against being fired for off-site discussions about work conditions (exceptions that, in almost every case, conservatives bitterly opposed), there is no legal or constitutional right to free speech on private property. You can …

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TEXAS: Red-Caped Catholic Loons To Picket The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

“One word describes the indecent play: blasphemy. Blasphemy is not free speech. Defamation is not artistic expression. The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is a twisted version of the Bible story told from a pro-homosexual perspective and doesn’t belong in any theater. It begins with scenes of ‘Adam and Steve’ expelled from a Garden of Paradise with full frontal nudity …

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New York Times To Publish Documents Leaked To Guardian By Edward Snowden

Citing oppressive measures by the British government, the Guardian has partnered with the New York Times to publish documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden. The New York Times is in the Snowden game. The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate with the United States government — is now working …

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American Street Preacher Arrested In Britain For Homophobic Speech

The religious right has a new martyr in former Los Angeles County police officer Tony Miano, who was arrested in Britain earlier this week for allegedly using homophobic speech as he preached to passersby on the street. Via the Christian Post: He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for “using homophobic speech that could …

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