Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment to the US Constitution

 

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31b-32 (NIV)

There are some in this country that would be happy to forbid praying in public.  Yet what better example of people using their first amendment rights than this?

That said, 'Saying Grace' recently set at auction record for a Norman Rockwell painting at $46M.

First Amendment

Apr-Sep 2017

(09/30/2017) Major Bank Delivers Brutal News to NFL and Network Carrying Games.  Hit them where it hurts - in the pocketbook.  A number of teams seem to be walking back for that very reason.  I'm going to keep boycotting - they have already indicated their true feelings.  It will take an abject apology before I'll even consider going back, and probably not then - I'm enjoying my new free time.  More: 62% Of NFL Fans Plan To Watch Less Football.  Good.

(09/27/2017) Sessions Teaches Free Speech 101 And Media Reaction Proves They Need It.  What is worse than the media needing "Free Speech 101" it is pretty clear that our Law Schools need it.  The Left has managed to politicize almost everything, which means that politics come before truth.  They are hard at work on the church as well.  We are not immune.

(09/26/2017) Who's Divisive -- the President or the Players?  This is a Dennis Prager column and it covers a lot more territory than just the NFL controversy.  It is well worth reading.

(09/26/2017) The Dallas Cowboys Find a Middle Way.  I disagree with the author.  The Dallas Cowboys are trying to have it both ways.  They are still bring protest and politics into the NFL.  And what the heck is being protested?  Racism?  Police brutality?  Donald Trump?  America?  Even if I agreed with the cause (and whatever they are protesting, I probably don't), protests don't belong at sporting events.

(09/25/2017) There are a great many articles concerning the NFL protests.  Before I link to some, a few comments.  First, professional sports should be about sports, not politics.  Employers are perfectly within their rights to punish behavior that reflects poorly on the employer.  The fact that the NFL has chosen not to do so tells you exactly where they stand.  Second, the prime focus of these protests is apparently police shootings of blacks.  Given that, relative to their crime rates, whites are more likely to be killed by police, this whole business is founded on a lie and is perpetuating that lie.  Third, the nation and our flag represent something that goes far beyond police and whatever you might think of them.  Disrespecting the flag is disrespecting our nation, our service men and women, our veterans, and every genuinely patriotic American.  While some owners are holding the line, many are not and the NFL could easily have put this whole thing to bed last year.  They deliberately chose not to and they have already begun to suffer the consequences.  Not all the players, coaches and owners support what is going on, but until the NFL gets politics out of the sport, I encourage everyone to find a more productive way to spend their time than watching the NFL.  I already have.  Now for some articles.  First this one: NFL Wins with Powerful Protests and Great Football.  No need to follow the link.  The writer supports the protests, blames Trump for politicizing, and somehow thinks the NFL is coming out on top.  Talk about projection.  American Legion Outraged After NFL Players Take a Knee During Anthem on National Gold Star Mothers Day.  Well, I'm outraged on other days as well.  And finally: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests

(09/23/2017) Should NFL Teams Fire Players Who Won't Stand for the National Anthem?  An additional question is, should the NFL fine or suspend such players?    If the protesting players were making these protests off the field, on their own time, I would think the answer should be no  Given what these protests have done to NFL viewership and hence revenues, any sensible owner and a sensible league would, in fact, fire, suspend or fine such players.  Note that progressives have managed to get people fired based on what they said or donated on their own time with their own money.  I know of no conservatives who support such tactics, unless the individual's actions indicate an inability to perform their job.  

(09/21/2017) Antifa Professor: 'Off the Pigs.'  Only a self-proclaimed intellectual is capable of rationalizing such nonsense.  Unfortunately, academia breeds these people, and these people are teaching our kids.

(09/21/2017) Here is more on college students and hence the state of education in America.  Study: 44% Of College Students Think “Hate Speech” Is Not Protected Speech.  They also believe that “hate speech” includes speech they find “offensive” and “hurtful”

(09/20/2017) 20 Percent of College Students Believe Beating Heads of Political Opponents is Acceptable.  There is more bad news in the survey, and it really tells you everything you need to know about the state of education in America today.

(09/19/2017) High School Bans Old Glory, Gets NASTY Surprise in Return.  Another high school banned the chanting of "USA."  To put it bluntly, anyone who is offended by the American flag or by chants of "USA" should not be in this country, much less receive government benefits or be granted citizenship.  

(09/15/2017) Wow! Antifa Professor Tells Tucker Carlson Antifa Has a Right to Beat Opponents.  And this guy is a Professor of Criminal Justice.  On the one hand, I don't like people losing their jobs over their views.  On the other hand, should this guy be teaching criminal justice?

(09/15/2017) So do we burn that movie of Chuck Connors playing Geronimo?  Given the current climate, you probably just won't be able to buy it.  Kind of like Disney's Song of the South.  You can still see snippets on YouTube.  Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.

(09/14/2017) Majority of California Dems favor restrictions on free speech.  To be fair 42% of Republicans agree with that majority (53%) of Democrats.  Do our schools even teach what the First Amendment means and why it is important?  If anything, it appears they teach the opposite.  This truly is a sad state of affairs.

(09/13/2017) Your Beliefs Are No Longer Allowed.  This trend is most obvious in LGBT issues - you must not merely allow, you must affirm!  But it is expanding to cover many other areas as well.  Liberals used to be the biggest supporters of freedom of consciences, but sadly, most liberals seem to have become Leftists and support such freedoms for only one side of the political spectrum.

(09/08/2017) Good news may be rare, but it exists.  Here is some: Trump DOJ Backs Baker in Gay Wedding Case.  

(09/07/2017) Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?  It appears that some Democrat Senators wish to apply a religious test to judicial nominees.  The Constitution forbids this, of course, but who is going to let a little scrap of paper get in the way of their agenda?

(09/06/2017) Is Administration Reneging on Trump's Religious Freedom Promise?  Let us hope not.  Pray they do not.

(09/05/2017) Blacklist.  The Left’s latest war on free speech.  Are you a Republican?  Do you support President Trump?  Then you are a racist and a white supremacist and need to be silenced. 

(09/03/2017) LGBT Flag Targeted by Petition as 1st Amendment Gets Shredded by Leftists.  There are a lot of offensive things out in the world and I choose just to ignore them.  But given that it sometimes only requires a single complaint to get a Christian symbol removed from a public place, it is high time we started fighting back.  This is one possible approach and involves a gay rainbow flag outside a classroom.  I think it does create a hostile environment.

(09/01/2017) School Officials Declare Playgrounds 'No-Jesus' Zones.  This is in Australia, but there are plenty of people who would be happy to do the same here.

(08/30/2017) Anti-Christian Activists Claim Marco Rubio’s Tweets are “Constitutional Violation.”  Rubio tweets Bible verses.  As absurd as this claim is, the odds of finding a judge who agrees are pretty high.

(08/29/2017) Berkeley Mayor Wants ‘Free Speech Week’ Canceled; Trump Supporters ‘Wanted to Get Beat Up’ by Antifa.  Question: Is there any limit to the arguments people on the Left will use to justify their violence.  Answer: No.  

(08/26/2017) Here is yet another attack on the First Amendment: Student body prez: UC-Berkeley 'not bound to Constitution.'  Our colleges are doing a lousy job, a very lousy job.  I know that every new generation that comes along thinks they are smarter and wiser than all that have come before.  It used to be that colleges tried to correct this nonsense.  Many or most now encourage it, instead.

(08/26/2017) College Professor Wants to Limit Free Speech on Campus — for One Side.  Guess which side.

(08/26/2017) Indiana Teacher Demands Parents Tell Kids to Stop Talking About God in Class.  The good news is that it is only one teacher, she got pushback, and the school district does not seem to be supporting her.

(08/24/2017) Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Coach Fired for Mid-Field Prayers.  The court claims Coach Kennedy "took advantage of his position."  I guess you have to have a finely trained legal mind to come to this position based on this: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"  It is the Ninth, so it could be overturned.  But the fact is that true freedom of religion no longer exists in America.  The Left is working very hard to make it "freedom of worship," and history has show that when they achieve that, they are not going to stop.  Update: Judges Rule Football Coaches Cannot Pray on Football Field.  One thing I have noticed: in justifying these kinds of rulings, neither judges nor other supporters of the ruling ever actually quote the First Amendment to support their case.

(08/23/2017) Violence at Common rally detailed at arraignments.  First of all, we should thank the Boston Herald for reporting all this, though they fail to point out that these being arraigned were left-wing protesters who feel that violence against "fascists" is all OK.  But the key point is that most of the MSM has, yet again, managed to ignore violence by the left, preferring to focus on non-violent "violence" (speech, ideas, mere existence (I kid, I kid), etc.) by the right.

(08/22/2017) The Washington Post comes out against free speech.  Proceed with caution: When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon.  Uh, isn't that the main reason for free speech?

(08/17/2017) U.S. Town Bans Residents From Criticizing Mosque.  The headline is misleading.  Residents are forbidden from mentioning Muslims or Islam at a public meeting concerning the building of a mosque.  Pretty obvious violation of the First Amendment. 

(07/17/2017) The Left's Next Step: Redefining 'Hate Speech' as Violence.  Actual violence by the Left becomes "mostly peaceful" protest, so this follows naturally.  The problem is, this "next step" is already occurring.  People on the Left are already describing as "violence" against them, speech that they disagree with.  

(07/13/2017) UCLA Purges Professor Keith Fink.  Campus remains hostile to free speech, conservatives.  I've heard it argued that the reason there are so few conservative professors is that there are so few qualified conservatives.  No, the answer is that most colleges are very hostile to conservatives.  This is obvious to conservative students who, as a result, are naturally inclined to pursue a non-academic career.  Colleges seem to have no desire to change that hostile environment.  Until parents and alumni send their money elsewhere, this will not change.

(07/13/2017) Christian school defunded over Bible verses!  Government: Can't share 'teachings that denigrate or vilify someone's sexual orientation.'  Well, don't accept government funding.  But that aside, it is interesting that the verses condemn a lot more than just homosexual behavior, but only the homosexual behavior is singled out as being inappropriate to "denigrate or vilify."  

(07/12/2017) AG Sessions Speaks to Conservative Christian Group – Christian Hating Leftists Lose Their Mind.  And it gets reported as news.  

(07/09/2017) The New York Times is in Trouble.  It looks like Sarah Palin has a pretty good libel case against them.  It is hard to feel any sympathy for the Times.  

(07/02/2017) In Re: Palin v. New York Times, You Have to Like Sarah's Chances.  She is using their own articles and editorials against them, showing that they knew what they just published (blaming her for the Gifford's shooting was false).  I hope she wins.  The NY Times (along with CNN, the AP and more) deserve some comeuppance. 

(06/28/2017) Further Proof That the New York Times Peddles in Fear-Mongering Propaganda.  The Times is attacking a Mississippi law that actually protects religious freedom.  Naturally, religious freedom is not a value the Times favors.

(06/27/2017) Teaching Biblical Truth to Your Children Could Get Them Taken Away.  This is in Canada and relates to the latest fad of transgenderism. 

(06/27/2017) Gorsuch proves himself strong defender of religious freedom.  If Trump can replace Kennedy and Ginsberg (and hopefully more) with similar justices, then we may actually be able to restore some First Amendment rights that the courts have been eroding away.

(06/26/2017) Supreme Court Rules on Trump Travel Ban, Religious Liberty.  "Pushing back on aggressive atheism is going to be yet another hallmark of the Trump era."  I hope and pray that this is correct.

(06/26/2017) Big Win for Religious Freedom in Circuit Court Case on Gay Marriage.  We need a lot more "big wins," but I am glad we are starting to get some.  

(06/25/2017) If students don't like your views, watch out.   

(06/20/2017) Canada criminalizes non-progressive thought.  Really.  Every time I think America has gone off the deep end, I discover that the end is even deeper than I thought and we still have a ways to go. 

(06/19/2017) High School Grad Defies Administrators After They Told Her to Remove Jesus From Speech.  Note that the school superintendent seems to think that a student speaker saying a prayer at graduation is against the law.  What law?  The Constitution specifically prohibits Congress from making such a law, as do many state Constitutions (I don't know about Pennsylvania, where this took place).  Courts may have turned freedom of religion to freedom from religion, but that doesn't mean we should passively go along.  The Constitution is clear and the Courts are wrong.  Putting judges on the bench that actually believe in the rule of law - and in freedom of religion (and speech) is critical.

(06/13/2017) A School District Fired This Coach for Praying. Now He’s Fighting Back.  Bravo!  We need to get back into the vicinity of what the First Amendment actually says.  

(06/13/2017) We Hear You: Government’s ‘Heavy Hand’ Punishes Farm Family for Christian View of Marriage.  The "tolerant" folks of the Left think having the government punish those who disagree with them is a good thing.  Speaking to the Left: "Tolerance, I do not think that word means what you think it means."

(06/13/2017) Atheists Demand Town Remove Church Welcome Signs.  It is amazing that "Congress shall pass no law" has somehow morphed into this.  We need to fight back.  Many will cave in to the atheists simply because they don't want to incur the legal expense of defending themselves in a lawsuit.  

(06/09/2017) Bernie Sanders's Religious Test for Christians in Public Office.  A nominee has written, concerning Muslims: "They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned."  Sanders did not like this - anti-Muslim, and all.  I guess Sanders would question the fitness of any serious Christian for office.

(06/03/2017) Angry atheist finds a friend at Newsweek.  According to Newsweek, military chaplains are trying to establish a Christian theocracy in the USA.  Nina Burleigh is the author.  I challenge her to actually find a single Christian of at least a teensy bit of prominence, who advocates this.  She can't, so she relies on Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation to assure her that such is the case.  Fake news isn't limited to attacks on Trump.

(06/03/2017) Minnesota Republican Shares Jesus With Her Colleagues, and Liberals Go Nuts.  Naturally.  After all, according to them, the First Amendment gives us freedom from "hate speech" and freedom from religion. 

(06/02/2017) School Thumbs Nose at Required Religious Accommodation.  Refuses to let students participate in 'released time' studies.  I doubt they would thumb their nose at Muslims, but they are likely to lose in court, in any case.

(05/30/2017) Portland Mayor Moves to Suspend First Amendment for Trump Supporters in Wake of Killings.  The Portland mayor believes that the First Amendment forbids "hate speech."  He also believes that the Portland killer - a supporter of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein - is a neo-Nazi type.  And Democrats claim to be the "reality-based" party.  Update: Portland Tries to Stamp Out Free Speech.  

(05/25/2017) Liberal Bullies Threaten Free Speech.  Alternate headline: Liberals are Intolerant.  Liberals really are intolerant and offensive, but their own minds it is OK to be offensive to and intolerant of conservatives because, after all, conservatives are offensive and hence deserve such treatment.  

(05/22/2017) Maine School Worker Forbidden to Say 'I Will Pray For You' on School Property.  Whatever those on the Left may say, in no way, shape or form was this the "establishment of religion" nor was Congress involved.  It does, however, involve the "free exercise of religion."  A lawsuit is in order.  It is high time we fought back.

(05/20/2017) Texas Pastors Getting 'Sermon Protection Act.'  Fallout from lesbian mayor's decision to force social agenda in Houston continues.  Some positive news.  But such a law simply should not be necessary since we have a First Amendment.  

(05/20/2017) Sheriff Ordered to Remove “Blessed are the Peacemakers” Decals,  One thing I will say for the Left - they are remarkably successful at turning things to their own advantage.  They have managed to take what is supposed to ensure "freedom of religion" and turn it into a tool to suppress religion.  But they have only managed to pull this off with our compliance.

(05/13/2017) The College Blueprint for a Totalitarian America.  The battle over freedom on campus is the battle for freedom in America.  If you favor conformity and suppression of speech on college campuses, then you favor the same for all America.  A battle is being fought on America's college campuses, and we are losing badly.  And that means America is losing.

(05/08/2017) Thomas Jefferson: Government’s Role is Defense of God-Given Rights.  Well, it appears that the only use the Left has for Thomas Jefferson is the misuse of the "wall of separation."

(05/07/2017) Christianity Under Atheist Assault in Pennsylvania.  A park bench was removed at the demand of an atheist group.  Ironically, the "offensive quote was “Men who aren’t governed by God, will be governed by tyrants.”  Its removal simply proved the point of the quote.

(05/06/2017) Trump: ‘No One Should Be Censoring Sermons or Targeting Pastors.’  True.  But Trump's EOs really don't go far enough.  Not by a long shot.  On the other hand, they are the first step in the right direction in a long time. 

(05/04/2017) Trump: ‘We Will Not Allow People of Faith to be Bullied.’  We have been moving in the wrong direction for a long time.  Let us hope and pray that this signals a change of direction.  It certainly is nice to have something positive and concrete on the National Day of Prayer.

(04/25/2017) College Sued for Banning Student’s Preaching as ‘Disorderly Conduct.’  I'm glad some of us are fighting back.  What about the rest of us?

(04/25/2017) The Cowards of Academia.  We are talking about the assault on free speech at colleges, but we have to remember that in a huge portion of our public schools, indoctrination begins long before college.  When a huge portion of our Millennials favor banning "hate speech" and prefer socialism over capitalism, we have major problems with our education system.

(04/19/2017) College Bans On-Campus Christian Preaching as 'Fighting Words.'  Does anyone see a problem with this?  The fact that some people do not see a problem is a big problem.

(04/18/2017) Will Liberals Stand for the ‘Right’ to Plantation Weddings?  It is pretty clear that it is OK for progressives t refuse service based on their progressive feelings, but it isn't OK if it is based on Christianity.

(04/15/2017) Wellesley student editorial: “Hostility may be warranted” towards those who embrace “hate speech” after reeducation.  As the article points out, this idiocy is not limited to Wellesley; it possibly dominates higher education.  Our education system is a mess, but our higher education could be the worst.  It strikes me that many student graduate from college more ignorant than they went in.

 

(04/12/2017) ‘The left doesn’t want to win the debate, they want to cancel the debate.’  To put it another way, the Left just wants to force the rest of us to shut up.  Don't cooperate.

 

(04/07/2017) California Considers Making ‘Fake News’ Illegal.  What could go wrong?  Of course, everything could go wrong, which is exactly why we have a First Amendment.

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