This month, the number of members of Congress supporting a constitutional amendment to ban the burning of American flags as an act of political protest rises to 29. The following are sponsors or cosponsors of the bill, H.J. Res. 9:
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2] Rep. […]
Yesterday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that a bakery in Gresham, Oregon must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. You can read the ruling for yourself right here. Some salient facts:
Gresham, Oregon is a city of more than 100,000 people (a fifth of […]
In 2015, Rick Santorum is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
In 2006, Rick Santorum took to the floor of the Senate to argue for S.J. Res. 1, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would expressly outlaw any definition of marriage other than heterosexual coupling. Then-Senator Santorum asked […]
Whoops! Darn it, my mistake.
Again? Why do I keep hitting the wrong key?
I meant to post a funny picture of Garfield wearing a hipster sweater and making a remark about the size of the latest NASA budget.
Trying again… I swear this was the Garfield image, not the Mohammed […]
When Inhofe speaks of the ability to communicate to one another, he’s speaking of it in terms of an unequal, top-down imposition of only one kind of speech by the federal government. That’s not the only way we could move forward together as a nation. […]
What did you learn in school today?
Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland. The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]
Yesterday, I noted that North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones had introduced legislation (H.R. 153) that would let churches start entering political campaigns without losing their special tax-exempt status. Jones terms it a “free speech” issue.
Today, I learned that Rep. Jones is a sponsor of legislation that would make it possible to toss protesters […]
The way the law is set up in the United States right now is clear: Churches and other non-profit organizations have the right to campaign for particular political candidates if they choose. They are perfectly free to do so. They just have to do one little thing if they want to start politicking: pay taxes […]
Ben Carson is running for President, and seeking the help of voters, acting in our democratic system of government, as he does so. Yet, part of Ben Carson’s political platform is to place a huge section of the government outside of our democracy.
Ben Carson’s plan is to make the operations of the U.S. military […]
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”
— First Amendment to the United States Constitution
The North Carolina Legislature’s Legislative Service Commission, controlled by Republicans, has hastily passed a new rule that prohibits North Carolina citizens from opening their mouths […]
This morning, as I looked to the popular headline service Twitter for accounts of secular protest across Turkey, what struck me first was the humor in a pair of photographs from Ankara and Adana:
What whimsy, I thought. What fun. But then I thought about why some of these largely peaceful protesters are […]