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Huge Majority of U.S. House Votes to Criminalize Protest Against any Visiting World Leader

Is the Democratic Party the party of civil liberty?

Not anymore. Not if you judge by congressional Democrats’ action this past week in overwhelmingly passing H.R. 347, a bill that makes it a federal crime punishable by a year in jail to peacefully, non-violently protest “in the proximity” of a president, a vice president, a […]

Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street for the 99%, Occupy West 50th Street for the 1%

November 15, 2011: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlaws the occupation of Zuccotti Park by protesters who have peaceably assembled to engage in political speech and to petition for the redress of grievances (see U.S. Constitution Amendment I). American citizens who remain are arrested. American journalists are forbidden to observe the eviction. Journalists are […]

NYC Free Speech? NYPD demand all protest signs be taken down in 15 minutes

At 9:15 pm, the NYPD demanded that Occupy Wall Street take down all its signs within 15 minutes, or the police themselves would take the signs away.

What happened to the constitutional First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, petition for the redress of grievance, and engage in acts of free speech? What happened to […]

Coalition In Congress Praises Ban On Artwork

A congressional resolution written by Louis Gohmert celebrates an attempt to ban almost all artwork. […]

National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities

In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal […]

3 Senators and 3 Representatives Move to Criminalize Investigative Journalism

Should a journalist who finds out that the CIA has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, be sent to prison for 10 years?

Should a journalist who finds out that the Iranian secret police has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, […]

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 […]

Pastor Backs Down from Burning Quran; Congratulations, Death Threats Work

Breaking news: Pastor Terry Jones of Florida has backed down from his plan to burn Korans on Saturday in the face of personal death threats from his fellow Americans and multiple applications of pressure from the military, the FBI and the White House. The military, FBI and White House applied that pressure because of threats […]

White House: We’ll Respond to Threats of Violence, but not Threats of Speech

Let me get this straight:

After some people threatened to fly off the handle and kill people if a pastor in Florida engaged in constitutionally-protected free speech, various Obama Administration officials (from David Petraeus to Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama himself) acquiesced to the death threats, pushing the pastor to refrain from expressing himself.

But […]

Freedom is for Christians Not Muslims, Round 2

Pamela Geller, Executive Director of Stop Islamization of America, September 2010 Speaking about a church’s plan to burn multiple copies of the Quran:

The antidote to free speech is more free speech, not less. I certainly don’t believe in it, I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I believe in free speech, and so […]