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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 […]

Watch What You Say, Watch What You Do: the Obama Edition

“There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.” — White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, September 26, 2001

White House Press Secretary’s Briefing, September 7 2010:

Question: Good afternoon. Robert, there‚Äôs a […]

Petraeus Remark on Florida Church Religious Activity Sends a Message

The International Security Assistance Force commander released comments today by David Petraeus, speaking in his capacity as a U.S. General and head of ISAF in Afghanistan. Asked a question about the plans of a church in Florida to burn a Quran in a few days, Petraeus responded with the following:

It could endanger troops and […]

Memo to Sarah Palin on Religious Intolerance and the “Mosque”

Dear Sarah Palin:

You have repeatedly issued declarations online asking that “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan” and that New York issue “a decision not to allow the building of a mosque.”

Let’s make a quick check of the facts:

1. It’s not “a mosque.” The Cordoba Center will be an […]

Drawing Mohammed is a Crime at CafePress (but not here)

To the right you see stickers we designed in response to calls by fundamentalist Muslims for a ban on images of Mohammed. The fundamentalists’ ban is not just intended for Muslims who agree with them, or not just for Muslims in general, or not just in countries under Muslim law; it is to be a […]