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 […]
Tea Party Caucus members declare themselves to be Defenders of the Constitution. But when Americans’ 5th and 6th Amendment constitutional rights were on the line, how did the Tea Party Caucus actually vote? Read on to find out. […]
Journalist Ryan Devereaux of the radio news show Democracy Now! has been reporting on the forcible clearing and trashing of the occupation of Zuccotti Park early this morning in New York City. According to Devereaux, the NYPD not only has been denying Americans their right to assembly and protest, they’ve been quashing the freedoms of […]
At Left is Not a Four Letter Word, Damen reacts against that old line, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide”:
This is a phrase that has irritated the holy shit out of me for a very, very long time. Any time privacy is brought up, there’s some idiot out there who’ll […]
And I remember when they used to mock France. This item comes from the network that holds a daily show called “Freedom Watch,” on April 13 2011:
France is brave and right to ban the burqa. There is no reason for a modern Western country to honor what is, essentially, a political statement and an […]
15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and […]
It has been 737 days since Barack Obama took his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” as President. One of his duties, legally mandated by a law passed in the 110th Congress, is to appoint members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The board is […]
Irregular Times received an indignant piece of mail this morning:
If Muslims can pray on Madison Avenue, why are Christians banned from praying in public and erecting religious displays on their holy days?
Tell me again, whose country is this? Ours or the Muslims?
The answers are simple.
Christians can and do pray […]
Judson Phillips, founder of the for-profit corporation called Tea Party Nation, has some choice words regarding the idea of a mosque being built in New York City (link held behind subscription-only firewall):
Insult does not even begin to describe this farce. First, that New York would even allow the building of this Mosque boggles the […]
At an anti-Muslim protest in New York City yesterday, Dutch politician Geert Wilders exercised the right of everybody in the United States — be they citizen or foreigner — to peaceably assemble and to speak freely. Wilders used his First Amendment rights of assembly and speech to argue for the revocation of American Muslims’ First […]
Bad Eagle, September 2010 on how the burning of a Koran is part of a long, vibrant historical tradition of free expression:
Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida, is in keeping with an ancient tradition of book burning. His proposed burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010, is […]