Posts Tagged ‘freedom of speech’

We Are Charlie: Free Speech v. Self-Censorship

As Douglas Murray of the Gatestone Institute said in this piece, stop blaming the victims and start taking a stand for freedom of speech.

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled– seemingly– in favor of the Westboro Baptist bigots. Judging from the explosion of comments and coverage on the web, Americans from all walks of life are shocked and outraged over the ruling. But does our Constitution allow any other outcome?

Given the modern “fast food” approach to news in which we tend to believe whatever’s served up, I read the majority opinion for myself before I started this blog entry. I love that technology allows us to read court opinions the same day they come out: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-751.pdf. (more…)

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Now to take on Westboro Baptist Church and its infamous founder, Fred Phelps (I know that friends just heard my literary shotgun racking knowing I take after the fiery Protestant preacher branch of the family tree). I must preface my remarks by saying that I believe God is who He says He is as stated in the Manufacturer’s Handbook. He has certain standards that all of us have deviated from to some degree, and a lot of people don’t like those standards.

He has those standards because He loves His children and wants the best for them. I often add this caveat in my articles, that you’d better believe I’ve deviated from His standards as well. I am not going to launch into some holier-than-thou, legalistic tirade designed to make everyone feel bad about themselves while I have my own issues to work on.


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This week it was reported that Seattle Weekly cartoonist Molly Norris has been forced to change her identity and relocate. Why? Because she drew a cartoon depicting Mohammed as various objects, which turned into a Facebook phenomenon called “Everybody Draw Mohammed” day.

Mohammed isn’t supposed to be drawn, so this outraged many in the Muslim world. One radical leader with ties to terrorism against the United States is calling for her death. Never mind that she’s apologized, the Facebook page was taken down by its creator, and so on.

As Jeffrey High of the Camano Community site has pointed out:

Are you kidding me? Is this what it has come to? (more…)

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