Tag: free speech

Facebook Censors the Declaration of Independence »

Apparently, Thomas Jefferson wrote something that Facebook finds offensive.

SCOTUS Ruling in Janus Gives Power to the Workers »

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus.

Religious Liberty Wins at SCOTUS…Sort Of »

This was the right result in this case, but the Court has done little to provide meaningful guidance as free exercise and free speech clash with public accommodation statutes making sexual orientation a protected classification.

California Threatens Free Speech with AB-2943 »

Proposed legislation, AB-2943, making its way through the California legislature, is the latest example of why east coast folks see California as the land of fruit and nuts.

“The Slants” Win on Free Speech »

In Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down an important First Amendment decision. This case dealt with a band’s application for federal trademark registration of the band’s name, “The Slants.” The Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) denied the application based on 15 U.S.C. 1052(a), which prohibits the registration of trademarks that may “disparage ….
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Review: Did Can We Take a Joke? Forewarn Middlebury College? »

Liberal intellectuals may be finally getting around to confronting the illiberal behavior of fellow liberals, particularly the recent episodes on American college campuses. Writing at The Atlantic, Peter Beinart examines the physical attacks at Middlebury College against Charles Murray and his faculty host and (liberal) interlocutor Allison Stanger. Hopefully, this introspection will prompt them…
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Charles Murray and Middlebury College »

The Atlantic, not a place to find conservative or libertarian views, has a good essay from a self-proclaimed liberal on the events at Middlebury College. Just as a recap, a student group at Middlebury College invited Dr. Charles Murray to speak on his book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. Also invited…
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Geert Wilders Convicted of Hate Speech: Will It Happen Here? »

Last week, Dutch politician Geert Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group. The offending remarks came at a political rally when Wilders suggested that his country would be better off without any more Moroccan immigration. The New York Times has this news story here. Many folks who read this website are likely…
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Stop Coddling My College Students! »

It seems like every time I get online I see posts about college students advocating for the restriction of free speech on college campuses. From “safe spaces” to Emory students calling to evaluate teachers on their use of “microaggressions,” sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. It certainly wasn’t that long…
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University of Missouri Police to Investigate Hurtful Speech »

In an act of cowardice, the University of Missouri’s system president and chancellor resigned on Monday. Protestors, led by master’s student Jonathan Butler who went on a hunger strike, complained that the University did not side with Michael Brown against the Ferguson police force and has not taken action against “a slew of racist,…
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