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Free Speech Archives

The crisis on the border is real

Colleges and universities are supposedly where free speech and association are encouraged. Well, I have an example of where the students were all for those until they realized that it meant freedom for everyone, and there were some groups for whom they simply couldn’t allow that.

The Border Patrol has its hands full, literally. The detention centers and courts that process illegal immigrants are not able to handle the surge of people coming across the border. But hey, it’s not like it’s a crisis or anything.

And, oh yes, kittens.

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Iowa State student government opposes freedom of association after learning it protects Christians

Democrats fight for kittens’ right to life after voting to kill born-alive babies

Border Patrol says detention centers are full — and starts releasing migrants

Report: DHS to Release 1.8K Border Crossers, Illegal Aliens into U.S. over Weekend

Immigration court backlog up 300%, system ‘on brink of collapse’

Authorities move to shut down ‘national puppy laundering ring’ with ties to Chicago pet stores

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Don’t thank the casserole, thank the cook.

Should a male PE teacher be required to supervise a middle-school girl in the locker room? Should he lose his job if he won’t?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is 25 years old. Who’s trying to hollow it out?

And finally, on this Thanksgiving (in the US), who should you be thanking?

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School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room

As religious freedom law turns 25, vast majority of Democrats oppose what Bill Clinton signed into law

H.R. 3222: Do No Harm Act

History of Thanksgiving

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Justice for Kelvin Cochran

I’ve got 2 “Reconsider This” segments this time out.

First I look back at the religious freedom issue that Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran faced, and how it was resolved recently.

Then another update on the Seattle minimum wage law. Studies that look at its effect have had another year to consider what’s happened. There are some winners and losers. Unfortunately, the losers include the very people for whom the minimum wage laws are supposed to help.

Mentioned links:

Kelvin Cochran bio

VICTORY! Atlanta Pays Ex-Fire Chief $1.2 Million in Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Atlanta fire chief gets $1.2 million settlement: Journalists still avoid all Bible references

Here’s Who Was Helped — And Who Was Hurt — By Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase

Episode 184: Reconsidering Stevie Wonder, San Bernardino, and Seattle [Consider This!]

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The angry, liberal mob

Whether it’s Antifa, those liberals pounding and scratching on the door of the Supreme Court after the Kavanaugh nomination, Occupy Wall Street, or a pick-up game of “Let’s Harass Ted Cruz in the Restaurant”, the angry Left has kicked the mob mentality up a few notches.

The UK Supreme Court acknowledges that, yes, refusing to bake a cake on religious grounds is not a rejection of the customer, but of the message. Here’s hoping the US Supreme Court understands this, too.

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Hillary Clinton Calls for Incivility Against Republicans

Eric Holder says Michelle Obama was wrong: ‘When they go low, we kick them’

VIDEO: For $100, students can’t name time conservatives shut down liberals on campus

Maxine Waters: Harass Trump Officials at Gas Stations, Restaurants, and Shopping Malls

Rand Paul’s Wife Writes an Open Letter to Cory Booker

Ashers Bakery: Evangelical Couple Wins Major UK Supreme Court ‘Gay Cake’ Discrimination Case

BREAKING: UK SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS CASE FORCING IRISH BAKERS TO BAKE GAY CAKE

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Sold their souls?

Have Evangelicals “sold their souls” to Trump, or are they motivated by the same things every other voter has been motivated by…ever?

It sounds like Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is finally waking up to the fact that socialism has destroyed his country. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (if you can find any) and realize that Bernie Sanders was (and is) entirely wrong).

And I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Comment below with your contributions.

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‘SHE HATES ME’: WAPO REVEALS WHY EVANGELICALS JUMPED ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN

Judgment days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality

Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

First they came … [Wikipedia]

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The sky isn’t falling, you’re just laying an egg

When Sarah Huckabee-Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant, that act plus the reactions to it from the Left demonstrated their inconsistent principles. And no, this is not similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop situation. I’ll explain.

An internal memo from the ACLU shows that defending the constitutional right to free speech will be subject to what they think of the speech. That’s their prerogative, but it may be time for a name change.

And the Supreme Court ruled against coerced speech, saying that the state of California doesn’t have the right to force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise free abortion services elsewhere. If this is a harbinger of things to come, Jack Phillips must be smiling.

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The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave

The ACLU Abandons Its Free-Speech Absolutism

Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech

US Supreme Court strikes down law forcing pregnancy centers to promote abortion

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Jack got justice, but for how long?

Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop won the day in the Supreme Court. The news articles called it “narrow”, but they weren’t talking about the 7-2 vote; they were referring to how narrowly the ruling itself was. The Supremes basically said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated Jack’s religious views in a way incompatible with how government should; with contempt rather than dispassionately. What does this mean for the future of the ruling?

And the White House recently released a list of 60 promises that President Trump has kept in his first 500 days in office. Most of the items are simply reporting statistics that show how good things have been going; there are more objective milestones mentioned than subjective goals. But if you’ve not heard about them, that’s understandable. The media aren’t really into giving credit where credit is due these days. I wonder why.

Oh, and Bill Clinton still thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal.  Really.

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Bill Clinton: I wouldn’t have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

Trump Releases List of 60 Promises Kept; Media Ignores

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“We don’t serve your kind here”

When you have a high school senior, your schedule at the end of the school year is frenetic. But I’m back in the saddle again.

A Manhattan court recently ruled that a bar could refuse to serve someone wearing a MAGA hat. I agree with that ruling. Why I agree, and the difference between freedom of speech and freedom from discrimination, is what I talk about this episode.

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Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters

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The artist with his work

May a dress designer refuse to do business with Melania Trump? May a baker refuse to create a cake with a racist message? May that same baker also refuse to create a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage?

The answers, in the liberal culture of the day, are inconsistent. Apparently, the government forcing you to violate your conscience is appropriate when the Left deems it so. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop has been taken to court over that last question, and his case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Arguments will be heard on December 5th.

In this episode, I give the background of this case, and explain how the framing of this issue by the ACLU and the Left is completely dishonest (and why we should all hope Jack wins).

Mentioned links:

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [Alliance Defending Freedom]

Why I’m asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect artistic freedom

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case Is One Piece of a Much Larger Attack on LGBTQ Lives

Episode 171: How Free Are You to Run Your Business?

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Is this the way to protest?

The right of Americans to have free speech has been debated recently. Some have been arguing that this right is inviolate and has no boundaries. But even in places where it can be exercised, are there times and places and even methods of speech that are inappropriate? Can expressing yourself wind up being counter-productive to your reason for speaking?

Somehow, someway, I take on this subject by bringing up the Westboro Baptist Church, HGTV almost-hosts Jason and David Benham, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and football. Yes, they all have something in common; the First Amendment.

Mentioned links:

Westboro Baptist Church [Wikipedia]

Snyder v. Phelps [Wikipedia]

Episode 76: Brendan and the Benhams; The Intolerant “Tolerance Police” Claim Their Next Victim

2 Killed, 29 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings

Oh, and I dare you to try not to stand for this:

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