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How to Exasperate a Liberal #116: Try to use Government to Make People Use Your Religion’s Special Words

Don’t tell me, do not tell me that we cannot enforce laws against profanity, laws against blasphemy, laws against misusing the Lord’s name!

– Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, May 2011

Bryan Fischer, we cannot enforce laws against profanity (the uttering of words that a religion considers offensive to its sacred ideas, like [...]

Poll: Republicans and Conservatives Support the Constitution Less

Earlier this month, Quinnipiac University released the results of a public opinion survey of a nationwide sample of registered voters. These results indicate that of all groups of Americans, Republicans and conservatives are least likely to support the U.S. Constitution.

On the First Amendment freedoms of of speech, assembly and religion:

On whether [...]

Fact Check: Mountaintop Removal Protest Labeled “Terrorist” by PA Homeland Security Was Entirely Peaceful

There’s disturbing news on the Homeland Security front that you may have heard about if you live in the state of Pennsylvania. If you live elsewhere you’re not likely to have heard a word, since wire services and newspapers outside Pennsylvania have neglected to cover it. Regardless of whether you live in Pennsylvania, you should [...]

National Movement Emerges to deny Americans the Right to Worship

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times does good service this morning, informing us that a movement against religious freedom is spreading far and wide across America.

We’ve heard before of a push by Sarah Palin, Mark Williams and other prominent figures in the GOP-controlled wing of the “Tea Party” to ban the building of [...]

H.Con.Res. 274: Sneaking Religion Under the Door, Damn the First Amendment

This morning brings news of fundamentalists in Queensland Australia sneaking their religion into school instruction, but we needn’t look as far as Australia for evidence of government-based proselytization on the sly.

The United States Constitution is very clear when it comes to the role of religion in American politics. Religion is only mentioned twice in [...]

Without Trial, Barack Obama Orders an American Citizen Killed For Talking Smack

Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.

Now, during [...]

Judge Orders Release of the Hutaree Nine on Bail (With Pause), Citing Free Speech Protections

After openly questioning the extent of the government’s evidence against nine members of the the Christian fundamentalist Hutaree militia, U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts has ordered the release of the Hutaree Nine on bail, although pausing in the implementation of that release to give federal prosecutors time to revise and resubmit a “woefully inadequate” [...]

Bush Administration: We Can Order Massacres of Civilians. Obama Administration: There’s Nothing to See Here, Move Along

It’s been known for some time that the presidential administration of George W. Bush brought on lawyer John Yoo in order to write legal justifications for the U.S. Government to torture people it had detained. It’s less widely-observed but also known that John Yoo articulated the power of the President to nullify freedom of speech [...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

Death Photo Kerfuffle Handled the Right Way by Gates and AP

In a teaser for an article this morning, Politico declares that Defense Secretary Robert Gates “says the AP’s transmission of a photograph showing a mortally wounded Marine is out of line.” That teaser upset me; I don’t believe it is the job of a government to declare photographs “in line” or “out of line,” and [...]

Constitution Signs to Print and Carry to the Inauguration 1-20-09

Since the DC Metro became the only motorized way to get into the Obama Inauguration for people who can’t hire a limo or bus, its 18×18 inch sign restriction has become the de facto limit on free speech for January 20, 2009.

Ay, well. If homeland security gives you lemons, make lemonade. Here are [...]