Free Speech

EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax

Read the full article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/4/ftc-floats-drudge-tax/ EXCERPT: The ideas being batted around to save the industry share a common theme: They are designed to empower bureaucrats, not consumers. For instance, one proposal would, "Allow news organizations to agree jointly on a mechanism to require news aggregators and others to pay for the use of online content, perhaps through the use of […]

 
 

Texas education board rejects in-depth study of First Amendment (DallasNews.com)

EXCERPT: AUSTIN – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights. The contentious decision in curriculum standards for U.S. government classes appeared to signal the unhappiness of several board members with court rulings that […]

 
 

Religious Tension Leads to Clashes in Jerusalem (From Al Jazeera English)

 
 

Russia plan to "kick out cults" could also affect religious freedom (RT)

 
 

Pastor Boissoin's Lawyer: Case Will Positively Impact Religious Freedom in Canada (LifeSiteNews)

From http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/dec/09120706.html EXCERPT: CALGARY, December 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Gerald Chipeur, the lawyer who represented Pastor Stephen Boissoin, has said that the recent ruling in favor of Mr. Boissoin "will have a significant long term positive impact on religious freedom in Canada, there are other lawyers in other aspects of law, like accidents or injuries as the Limited Tort Lawyers […]

 
 

The dangers of relinquishing liberty for a quiet and "safe" life

In recent months, it has become increasingly clear that religious freedom, or any individual liberties for that matter, are best respected in lands where private property and financial resources are respected by the state.  Mark Steyn explores the themes of private property and financial responsibility in this speech describing the dangers other nations are facing when they fail to respect these […]

 
 

Canada: Fundraisers planned for Alberta pastor punished for expressing beliefs

You may recall that Pastor Stephen Boissoin got himself in hot water with the Alberta Human Rights Commission when he wrote a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate that was critical of the "homosexual agenda."  The community newspaper published the letter and the pastor was promptly sued.  Limits on free speech can lead to persecution and should […]

 
 

UN Human Rights Council approves proposal for limits on religious speech

UN Human Rights Council approves proposal for limits on religious speech

Last week 23 of the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution urging member states to provide "protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general." The act, primarily promoted by Muslim nations, is designed to shield religion, primarily Islam, from criticism in the media and public discourse.  "Islam […]

 
 

In wake of Supreme Court decision, 'clear defense needed of church-state wall' (Des Moines Register)

Considering the U.S. Supreme Court's contentious struggles over free speech and religion, it was a surprise to say the least to see Wednesday's ruling unanimously endorsing a government installation of the Ten Commandments in a city park.

While this ruling will likely have limited impact, it raises troubling questions about how dedicated this court – particularly the younger justices, who will be shaping it for decades to come – will be to maintaining the proverbial wall separating church and state.

 
 

VIDEO: Atheists Place Sign at Washington State Capitol Nativity – O'Reilly Protests

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" on display during December.