Donald R. McClarey

Tech Lords and Freedom of Speech

A guest post by commenter John By Any Other Name:     I’m sure you’ve seen a bit on tech companies censoring content they don’t agree with (even the suggestion that the Vatican may try to do something about Catholic

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Donald R. McClarey

Deplatforming

          “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell   I regard Alex Jones and his Info Wars as noxious.  They are

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Donald R. McClarey

Jordan Peterson, Bishop Barron and Mark Shea

In the video below Jordan Peterson speaks on the threat to free speech in Canada.  The constant attempts by Red Fascists to interrupt his speech of course underlined what he was saying.     Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Catholics: Fight Pro-Abortion Intolerance!

 But laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.–Albert Einstein, “Out of My Later Years” Even though the news from

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Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee

With respect to the advice given by the Author—to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance—I spurn it—as every Man, who regards that liberty, & reveres that Justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must—for if Men

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Free Speech for Me, but not for Thee

  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes the hostility that much of the contemporary left has to freedom of speech for those who have the temerity to disagree with them:   Is illustrated here: Yep.  My older boys have already

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France Attempts to Criminalize the Pro-Life Movement

I am not afraid; I was born to do this. Saint Joan of Arc     The Socialist government in France, deemed likely to be massacred in the coming elections, are doing what Leftists traditionally do when they are running

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Red Fascists at Work

  What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our

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Blatantly Unconstitutional

To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man – greetings! ― George Orwell, 1984      It seems I

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Freedom of Speech in the Age of Obama

“for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of

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Of Bible Verses, Cheerleaders and the Constitution

Well the law and common sense won a round in Texas: A judge has ruled that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.   In a summary judgment of a

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That Inconvenient First Amendment

Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor, and son of Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one of President Reagan’s less wise judicial appointments, writing in Slate thinks that perhaps it is time that Americans stop making

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Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee

For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of

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In Defense of Mother Russia

I haven’t heard much about the ongoing dispute between the Russian government and the Western media over the fate of the faux “punk rock band” ***** Riot in the American Catholic media. But this is a dispute in which I

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The Way Freedom of Speech Dies

  Time magazine, anyone still reading it?, has a truly despicable piece by Bruce Crumley in which he basically says that “they had it coming” after a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was firebombed:   Okay, so can we finally stop with the

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Well, He Could Always Blog!

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Being in favor of freedom to express opinions that you hate is easy.  Being in favor of the free expression of babble that you find deeply annoying, aye, there

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Elena Kagan Says It Is Fine If The Law Bans Books

SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan has argued before the Supreme Court that it’s fine if the Law bans books. Her rationale? Because the government won’t really enforce it. I’m no legal scholar but this sounds like a 3rd grade argument. Aren’t

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Sharia in Dearborn?

Apparently the police acting to unconstitutionally arrest individuals attempting to hand out proselytizing literature to Muslims in Dearborn is not unusual according to this release from the Thomas More Law Center: In what some have described as police enforcement of Sharia

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Lars Vilks, Gay Muhammad and Freedom of Expression

This past week brings news of yet another fracas involving Swedish cartoon artist Lars Vilks (CNN.com): When Vilks entered a classroom where he was to deliver a lecture to about 250 people — all of whom had passed through a

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South Park, Fear and Self-Censorship

I confess that I have never watched South Park.  From what I have read about it, the show holds nothing sacred and has had cruel attacks on Christ and other religious figures.  Some people have given it a thumbs up

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A Perfect Post

Occasionally one runs across a post that’s particularly nicely done. I think Matthew Boudway’s recent reflections on a column by Clifford Longley on the new atheists comes dangerously close to perfect. It’s brief, highlights an interesting article, and adds a

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The Obama Administration and Freedom of Speech

“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

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Tortured Credibility

It has become an oft repeated trope of Catholics who are on the left or the self-consciously-unclassifiable portions of the American political spectrum that the pro-life movement has suffered a catastrophic loss of credibility because of its association with the

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Political Intimidation and Persecution

The recent personal attacks and invasive investigation of Joe the Plumbers personal life is a scary thing.  Joe the plumber represents the everyday American, striving to better his lot in society.  By sheer coincidence Joe the Plumber was able to

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A President Obama Will Silence Catholics

Senator Obama has stated that he wants the Internet to be regulated. CNET had this exchange of a MoveOn.org member asking Senator Obama this very question: He asked Obama: “Would you make it a priority in your first year of

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