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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 [...]

Tea Party Express Chair Comes Out Swinging Against the 1st Amendment

Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams has taken to posing for speeches in front of a big enlarged document that starts with the words “We The People.” He might want to try turning around and reading the rest of the words on that document before he opens his mouth again.

Reaction has been strong to [...]

Free Speech Joe Wilson Opposes Free Speech

In response to Rep. Joe Wilson‘s shout of “You Lie!” to President Barack Obama during his health care reform speech last night, right-wing Americans have come out of the woodwork to defend Wilson’s right to free speech:

Pat:

Actually, I applaud Joe! We still have FREE SPEECH in this country

Say Anything:

Now we can [...]

Amy White: Notes on Free Speech After the 2008 Election

Amy White, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University and author of Virtually Obscene: the Case for an Uncensored Internet, spoke at the ACLU’s Election Dissection symposium on November 12, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. Addressing the status of free speech, White characterized the coming Obama presidency as much like that of the Clinton era, during [...]

Book Burners for Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s moral values are the moral values of book burning – censorship with the aim of establishing cultural and political power. These are the values of the Dark Ages in Europe. These are the values of witch trials in Salem. [...]