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A Tale Of Two Talks

Free speech in the U.S.

The proximity of these two events, the difference in the arguments and the vast chasm of difference between the outrage and violence against one, and the great silence and complicity with the other, tells us much about what we need to know about the state of free speech — and academia — in America today.

Milo Yiannopoulos – The riots at Berkeley caused national and international headlines.

On the first day of the month, the conservative activist and writer Milo Yiannopoulos was due to speak at the University of California, Berkeley. To the surprise of absolutely no one, some of the new anti-free speech brigades attempted to prevent the event from happening. But to the surprise of almost everyone, the groups who wish to prevent everyone but themselves from speaking went farther even than they have tended to of late. Before the event could even start, Yiannopoulos was evacuated by security for his own safety. A mob of 150 people proceeded to riot, smash and set fire to the campus, causing more than $100,000 of damage and otherwise asserting their revised version of Voltaire’s maxim: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to your death my right to shut you up.”

Jonathan A.C. Brown – NO  outrage.  Few headlines.

On February 7, at the University of Georgetown, Jonathan A.C. Brown, the director of the entirely impartial Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown, gave a 90-minute talk entitled “Islam and the Problem of Slavery”. Except that the white convert to Islam, Jonathan Brown, apparently did not think that there is a particular problem with slavery — at least not when it comes wrapped in Islam.

During the talk (which Brown himself subsequently uploaded onto YouTube) the lecturer condemned slavery when it took place historically in America, Britain and other Western countries, but praised the practice of slavery in Muslim societies. Brown explained how Muslim slaves lived “a pretty good life”, claimed that they were protected by “sharia” and claimed that it is “not immoral for one human to own another human.” Regarding the vexed matter of whether it is right or wrong to have sex with one of your slaves, Brown said that “consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex” and that marital rape is not a legitimate concept within Islam. Concepts such as “autonomy” and “consent”, in the view of the Director of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown, turned out to be Western “obsessions”.

Of course, Jonathan Brown’s views on Islam are by no means uncommon.

Online:  GateStoneInstitute

Human Rights Organization Places U.S. In ‘Hall of Shame’ For Christian Persecution

The International Christian Concern (ICC) has three categories for classification of Christian persecution: “Worst of the Worst,” “Core Countries” and “New and Noteworthy.”

The ICC placed the United States on its 2016 Hall of Shame list for its persecution of Christians.

Citing the most prominent cases like the Sweet Cakes by Melissa controversy in Southern Oregon, the report made a special case of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting in June 2016 when a Muslim gay man killed 49 people, citing how LGBTQ forces used Christians as scapegoats by accusing them of fostering a culture that made the attacks possible. 

“Anti-Christian entities have been able to leverage the growing secularization of society and culture to their advantage, utilizing the courts as a preferred venue to gradually marginalize and silence Christians,” said the report. “Using the cudgel of ‘equality,’ secular forces in and out of the courts have worked to create a body of law built from one bad precedent after another.”

“While there is no comparison between the life of a Christian in the US with persecuted believers overseas, ICC sees these worrying trends as an alarming indication of a decline in religious liberty in the United States,” the report concluded. TruthRevolt

Online:  ICC 2016 Hall of Shame Report (pdf)

Photo by Don McCullough

ECU Professor Plans To Carry Firearm On Campus After School’s Support Of Band Members Kneeling During The National Anthem

ecuRules apply to all or the rules apply to none.  All have to follow the rules or none have to follow the rules.

19 members of the East Carolina University Marching Pirates knelt during the National Anthem.  During half time the band was booed.

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton later issued a statement that said the school acknowledges disappointment felt by fans. However, he urged them to act with respect for each other’s views. wncn

East Carolina University Professor Tracy Tuten said that in response to the university’s reaction to band members kneeling during the national anthem, she now plans to open carry a firearm on campus.

Tuten reached out to WNCT Tuesday after sending an email to Chancellor Cecil Staton on her intentions.

In the letter, entitled “From the heart of Pirate Nation,” Tuten said that she was stalked last year and did not carry a firearm then because she said she “respected the university guidelines for bearing arms.”

On Facebook, Tuten said Sunday that the band members who knelt during the national anthem on Saturday “clearly broke the guidelines set forth in the ECU Marching Pirates Handbook and they should be dismissed from the organization.”

The university, however, has not reprimanded the band members and Tuten says in her letter that Chancellor Staton knew “about the band members’ plan but that you endorsed and supported it.”

Now, Tuten says that since the band members were allowed to “act on first amendment without regard to university rules, I too want to act on my second amendment rights to bear arms.” Full letter at wncn.

ECU decides marching band protests ‘will not be tolerated’.  That was quick.

On Monday:  Dr. William Staub, director of Athletic Bands; Chris Ulffers, director of the School of Music; and Dr. Chris Buddo, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, made the following statement:

We regret the actions taken by 19 members of the East Carolina University Marching Pirates on game day October 1st felt hurtful to many in our Pirate family and disrespectful to our country. We understand and respect this is an issue where emotions are strong.

The Marching Pirates continue to be fully supportive of all the values the East Carolina University community holds dear.

We have met with the band and the members have collectively reaffirmed their commitment to the unique privilege and responsibility that comes with wearing the uniform of the Marching Pirates.  Full statement at wncn..

California State Senator Drops Proposal That Violated The Free Exercise Of Religion Clause Of The First Amendment

usdCalifornia State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) said Senate Bill 1146 would shed light on discrimination of the LGBT community, it actually would restrict religious liberty of colleges.

Senator Lara has worked tirelessly to pass legislation that would dictate how religious universities operate in observance of their religion.

Sen.  Ricardo Lara:  “As a gay Catholic man, nobody has the right to dictate how I worship or observe my religion.”

Faced with intense opposition SB 1146 has been amended and now no longer contains a direct assault on the 1st Amendment.

SB1146  would have made it impossible for students to receive the Cal Grant if they chose to go to a religious school that held biblical views on human sexuality and marriage.  Private/religious colleges and universities would be subject to SB 1146 whether they accepted state financial aid or not.

First, SB 1146 will require religious colleges and universities to adopt policies of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in order for students to receive state-funded scholarships under the Cal Grant program. Secondly, SB 1146 will require these institutions to give notice if they have requested an exemption to Title IX. Thirdly, SB 1146 will permit lawsuits against institutions that are perceived to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation regardless of whether they accept the Cal-Grant scholarships.  Peabody


SB 1146 Amended

Faced with intense opposition from religious colleges in California, a state Senator said Wednesday he has decided to amend a bill by dropping a provision that would have allowed gay and transgender students to more easily sue private universities for discrimination if they are disciplined for violating church teachings.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is removing a provision of his bill that sought to take away the exemption of religious schools to anti-discrimination laws. Instead, he will press forward with the amended bill that would still require such schools to disclose if they have an exemption and report to the state when students are expelled for violating morality codes. LATimes

Huge Opposition

The withdrawal of the key provision of SB 1146 comes one day after a coalition of 145 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and college presidents penned an open letter to the legislature claiming the bill violates religious liberty and “creates its own form of discrimination by stigmatizing and coercively punishing religious beliefs that disagree on contested matters related to human sexuality.”

“While we do not all agree on religious matters, we all agree that the government has no place in discriminating against poor religious minorities or in pitting a religious education institution’s faith-based identity against its American identity. This legislation puts into principle that majoritarian beliefs are more deserving of legal protection, and that minority viewpoints are deserving of government harassment. Legislation of this nature threatens the integrity not only of religious institutions, but of any viewpoint wishing to exercise basic American freedoms, not least of which is the freedom of conscience,” the letter also said.

The letter was also signed by multiple distinguished professors of law, including Robert P. George, who only recently completed a term as chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Leith Anderson, chair of the National Association of Evangelicals, who signed the letter, said via social media that he and others were breathing “sighs of relief and prayers of gratitude that California #SB1146 (restricting religious liberty of colleges) has been dropped.”

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also signed the letter. He tweeted that SB 1146 showed “the stakes of a state that imperils the free exercise of religious and the freedom of dissent.”

He added, “The #SB1146 controversy also shows how important it is for religious freedom advocates to stand together, across our divides.” ChristianExaminer

Bill Whittle: American Fascists

Left/right, Progressive/Conservative, Democrat/Republican… The names change and evolve but the core difference remains constant: The Collectivists vs. The Individualists. In his latest FIREWALL, but shows how violence, disruption and intimidation have always been the tools of the Collectivists.

Dr. Ben Carson: Dangerous To Teach Youth To Shut Down Free Speech

first-amendmentIn a free society people DO NOT deny thousands of people their right to free speech and assembly.

In a free society when a person believes that some people are wrong because they have a different opinion – they DO NOT try to shut down them down.  They DO NOT  use violence and the threat of violence as a way to get their message heard.

This is the same thug action the left pulled  in 1968, also in the same city.


Soros sponsored MoveOn takes credit for the violent movement of protesters in Chicago.


MoveOn also is backing Bernie Sanders.

The news videos, news reports, and tweets show this protest was an organized event that took days to plan.



Preacher Given Citation By University of Texas Police For Offending Students

A preacher who is an intern with Campus Ministry USA standing off campus was given a citation (a “citation of disorderly conduct for offending someone”) by a University of Texas police officer.  A student was offended by the preacher’s message and complained.  The UT officer explained that it was illegal for the preacher to offend someone.



The university told TheDC that the officer was responding to students who claimed to be “verbally harassed” by the intern-preacher. The video shows the officer explaining that the intern’s use of “anal” and “penis” offended students, before issuing a citation for disorderly conduct. “After a lawyer representing Joshua called the chief of police, the chief called Joshua and apologized. The citation was withdrawn.” Brother Jed told TheDC.

Ari Cohn, a lawyer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) told TheDC that he found the video “deeply disturbing.” “Speech that simply offends others is protected by the First Amendment, and contrary to the officer’s statements, it is not the job of police to ‘do something’ about it. Issuing a disorderly conduct citation based on the content of speech violates decades of clear Supreme Court precedent,” Cohn said.

“Even worse is that while Brother Jed is not a campus community member, and was not even on campus property, the officer justified his decision with the fact that students on campus across the way were offended. DailyCaller

Yale Students Sign ‘petition’ To Repeal First Amendment

Yale fail!first-amendment




Trigger warning! This story and video may be unsuitable viewing for the “safe space” crowd.

Looking to understand just how controversial the debate over free speech on our college campuses really is, filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz recently traveled to Yale University, one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, to speak directly to students.

“I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion,” said Horowitz, who asked students if they’d sign a petition calling for an outright repeal of the First Amendment. “The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity.”

In fact, Horowitz discovered a solid majority of the students asked willingly signed the petition, with several expressing their enthusiastic approval for his anti-First Amendment efforts. FoxNews

Chicago High School Students Join Muslim Peers In Wearing Hijabs

vernon-hills-high-schoolA public school high school in Chicago allowed the  Muslim Students Association (MSA) which is a proxy of the Muslim Brotherhood to hold a hijab wearing event “as they conversed about the beliefs of Muslims”.

The Muslim Brotherhood established the first MSAs in the United States.  A public school allowed a group that is a proxy a terrorist organization in the school and allowed them to promote their religion to the students.

Students of a high school in Chicago joined their Muslim peers in wearing hijabs as part of an event.

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of Vernon Hills High School in Chicago hosted an event “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” aiming to provide a better understanding of the Muslim faith. The event gave students of other religions an opportunity to wear the hijab in an attempt to challenge stereotyping of Muslims.

Six members of the school’s MSA devoted an entire morning placing hijabs on 17 non-Muslim girls as they conversed about the beliefs of Muslims. Teachers and students at the school were encouraged to ask questions about the hijab if they came across a student wearing one. JewsNews

Radical Climate At University Of Missouri

Update:  Mizzou professor Melissa Click resigns her courtesy position, remains on faculty as communications professor.

Irony of ironies! Mizzou has a journalism professor who is anti-free speech!

The anti-Free Speech journalism/communications Professor Click at Mizzou, who does research on Lady Gaga, has resigned her courtesy position at the school of journalism but don’t be fooled, she’s still at teaching at the school of communications. They are merely presenting a facade of repercussions for having an anti-free speech professor in the school of journalism. Independent Sentinel

2 alleged racial incidents, a mediocre team of football players boycott…what is shown at the University of Missouri is an institution that no longer espouses the basic freedoms of America.  What is being seen at the University of Missouri is more along the lines of Maoism.


Professor at University Of Missouri orders students to block and harass campus newspaper reporter.

Did the reporter have the right to be there?  Yes.

On July 14, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 93, also known as the “Campus Free Expression Act.” The bill expands free speech zones on the campuses of public institutions of higher education in Missouri, such as MU’s Speakers Circle, and allows protests and speeches to take place on any outdoor space.

By eliminating free speech zones, expressive acts, such as protests and speeches, can be held throughout campuses,making college campuses “traditional public forums,” according to the bill. The bill was passed unanimously in the state Senate, making Missouri the second state along with Virginia to have passed legislation of this kind to protect the First Amendment rights of students on college campuses.

Dean David Kurpius said in a statement on Tuesday. “The news media have First Amendment rights to cover public events,” he added. “Tai handled himself professionally and with poise.” FoxNews


After seeking media attention for their cause why would the students decide they wanted the media out, they did not want pictures taken?  There were Ferguson professional paid agitators there.

Melissa Click





Assistant professor Melissa Click from the MU School of Journalism could lose her job after her confrontation with photojournalist Tim Tai.

Faculty in the Missouri School of Journalism were voting Tuesday to revoke a courtesy appointment for Melissa Click, an assistant professor in MU’s Department of Communication.

The journalism school’s Executive Committee, including Dean David Kurpius, met Tuesday morning to discuss the vote and prepare a statement on Click’s actions Monday as seen in footage of a confrontation between freelance photographer Tim Tai and protesters near the Concerned Student 1950 camp on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle.

Click was seen at the end of the video asking for assistance and for “muscle” to remove Mark Schierbecker, who filmed the interaction and uploaded his footage to YouTube. Columbia Missourian

The University of Missouri Police Department sent an email to students to report hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions.


In the email, MUPD readily admits that hurtful or hateful speech is not against the law. But, they write, “if the individuals identified are students, MU’s Office of Student Conduct can take disciplinary action.”

In a statement to Mediaite, the MUPD confirmed that the email was real. When asked about the potential First Amendment implications, a spokesman responded simply, “We are simply asking them to report what they feel is hurtful and/or hateful speech.”

He added that the police did not consider the hateful speech “a criminal matter.” However, “We also work for the University and uphold the Universities Rules and Regulations.” Mediaite


Navy Exonerates Chaplain Modder

chaplain-wes-modderThe Navy has rejected the request to bring Chaplain Modder before a board of inquiry, and cleared the chaplain of any wrongdoing. “Chaplain Wes Modder is a decorated military hero with an exemplary nineteen-year service record.”  Official reports on Modder describe him as “the best of the best,” a “consummate professional leader.” He had been recommended for “early promote.”

Chaplain Modder has been under fire when a few sailors complained to Modder’s answers during personal counseling to their questions on faith and morality in regards to homosexuality and premarital sex, in accordance with the Bible and and his sending denomination, the Assemblies of God.  His commander sought to have Modder relieved from his duties and be “detached for cause”.  A decision that would have put Modder a decision that could have forced Modder before a board of inquiry and could have put his retirement benefits in jeopardy.

“In one instance, an atheist sailor asked him if he believed in God. In another, a young female asked him what the Bible says about the fact that she’s living and sleeping with her boyfriend,” Berry said. “And then, in another, a young gay sailor asked him about his views on homosexuality and he answered as the Assemblies of God asked him to answer.” The Blaze


Lieutenant Commander Modder said the junior officer, who identified himself as a devout Catholic, was assigned to the chaplaincy as a kind of assistant while he waited for further assignment.

Modder said the junior officer attended Modder’s briefings, marriage indoctrination classes, and “would often wander in for private conversations, but homosexuality never came up. We talked about other issues, about human sexuality, about marriage but he never identified himself as gay…”

Modder said his conversations with the young man were “very enjoyable,” and there was “never any disagreement in any of our conversations. “I was shocked on December 6thwhen he walked through the door with two command equal opportunity officers,” said Modder. Modder said he was so shocked that he did something he’d never done: look someone up in the student database, where he discovered the young lieutenant was married to a man.

It turns out the young officer seemed to be running his own private investigation into Modder’s Christian beliefs and how they may conflict with his interpretation of proper tolerance for LGBT individuals.

Modder says it seems the lieutenant jg sought out other sailors who had received counseling from Modder and quizzed them about things Modder had said in counseling. The result is a series of charges that Modder either rejects as false  or accepts as a part of his “deeply held religious beliefs.” BreitBart

General (Ret.) Boykin describes the case of Chaplain Wes Modder. Navy Chaplain was “Deliberately Set Up”

Office Depot Apologizes After Refusing To Print Pro-Life Flyers

catholic prayer beads photoOffice Depot is backing down after refusing to print flyers that criticized Planned Parenthood.

Office Depot has contacted Ms. Goldsteins’s representative to explain that the store associate’s decision to decline a print order was in no way based on religious beliefs, but on the fact that it contained certain words and phrases that could be construed as graphic or advocates the persecution of groups of people, which is a violation of the company’s copy and print policy. Office Depot has long maintained a policy of not allowing associates to print items that violate copyright laws, advocate persecution of any group or contain graphic material.

Upon a more detailed review, we have determined that the content of Ms. Goldstein’s flyer is not a clear violation of the company’s policy.

“We sincerely apologize to Ms. Goldstein for her experience and our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs. We invite her to return to Office Depot if she still wishes to print the flyer,” said Roland Smith, chairman and chief executive officer, Office Depot.

Office Depot will continue to have policies that guide the refusal to reproduce material that is protected under copyright, contains graphic material or advocates the persecution of any groups of people, regardless of the reason. In addition, all customers are free to use the self-service copy machines in our stores without being subject to the policy. AmericanMirror

The flyer states facts from Planned Parenthood 2013-2014 annual report, the fetal body parts videos, as well as the “Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood” written by Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Maria Goldstein, of Illinois, wanted copies of the flyer for her Catholic parish’s prayer campaign for the conversion of Planned Parenthood. She asked Office Depot on Aug. 20 to print 500 anti-Planned Parenthood fliers, but the employee refused. Goldstein contacted Diane Demma from the Office of the Chairman who stood up for the Office Depot employees’ refusal to print Ms. Goldstein’s flyer.

“When I tell people they’re shocked because this is America,” Goldstein told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Office Depot is trying to silence my freedom of speech and my freedom of religion.”

The Thomas More legal society sent a letter to Office Depot.  The response from Office Depot lawyers was the language in the prayer was “hate material” and “persecution of groups of people, regardless of reason”.

The part of the prayer Office Depot lawyerAmicone refers to: Continue reading Office Depot Apologizes After Refusing To Print Pro-Life Flyers