First Amendment

All the Rage: Laws That Allow a Government to Ban Speech it Decides Is ‘Hateful’

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2018

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it dozens of times and more likely hundreds, there’s no such thing as hate speech. It doesn’t exist but in the minds of people looking for an opportunity to create a legal precedent to ban speech with which they disagree. Speech they hate. The Democrats proved this repeatedly by […]

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The First Amendment Doesn’t Apply to You If You Are Pro-Life

by Steve MacDonald March 14, 2018

Freelance writer, pro-life activist Ellen Kolb joins me to discuss compelled speech and the case of NIFLA v Becerra which challenges a California Law the forces pro-life clinics to advertise state-funded abortion services. Follow this program on TuneIn Also Available on Google Play

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Pine Tree Ramblings – Vol 6

by Tom March 7, 2018

Most of us have been arguing with Liberals lately about guns. We have the facts and statistics, showing how minuscule these mass-shootings are in relation to overall murders, they have the drama and emotion, choosing not to listen to or accept any of our logical constructs (I’ve come to the conclusion that, in addition to […]

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Hearing 2/20/2018 – Protecting the Rights of Conscience for Medical Professionals

by Skip February 17, 2018

Protect the Rights of Conscience for Medical Professionals Please call or email committee members of Judiciary and ask that they vote to approve this bill. It will be heard in the committee this Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Room 208. If you are in the medical profession please […]

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Next March for Life in Washington: January 18, 2019

by Ellen Kolb January 26, 2018

As a public service, I hereby announce for the benefit of all reporters, bloggers, and commentators that the next March for Life in Washington will be on Friday, January 18, 2019. Mark your editorial calendars now. No excuses. Rain, shine, or snow (and I’ve marched in all those conditions), the event goes on. I was […]

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Blogline of the Day – Either you accept ALL of the Constitution or none of it

by Skip December 17, 2017

And so on — ignoring the fact that the same progressives who’ve got their knickers in a twist about national concealed carry reciprocity fully support the Supreme Court decision forcing all 50 states to recognize gay marriage. Not to mention ignoring the Supreme Court’s McDonald decision “incorporating” the Second Amendment (ruling that the protection trumps local and state law). Anyway, here comes […]

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Data Point – College kids don’t know what Free Speech really is

by Skip October 11, 2017

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once […]

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So the Left wants to begin a “conversation” about guns, eh?

by Skip October 8, 2017

And on Obamacare. And on contraceptives. And on LGBT issues.  They must think we are stupid because the “conversation” has never really stopped – they NEVER keep yammering.  What they they mean by “conversating” is for us to SHUT UP and adopt their way of thinking as if we were soft cantalopes.  Not happening, as […]

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Double Standards; one for Christians and one for Gays?

by Skip October 8, 2017

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. We have seen a number of militant gay couples go […]

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For nothing says “break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community” like segregated dinners?

by Skip September 19, 2017

My almost two year old grandson LOVES blowing bubbles (he’s learned how).  But this snippet shows adults all wrapped up in their own smug self-justified bubble to where, once again, they couldn’t find their own self-induced irony even if you gave them a magnet (reformatted, emphasis mine): University will host dinners as part of ‘racial […]

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A Culture of Violence to Intimidate All Speech

by Steve MacDonald September 12, 2017

In part two of my chat with Rich Girard yesterday we talk about Antifa’s rotten roots, and the overreaching goal of their so-called Antifaschistische Aktion: to silence opponents by empowering the government to pick and choose what people can say, where, and when. Part I

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Congressman Proposes Bill to Control Speech

by Steve MacDonald September 9, 2017

Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown has proposed legislation that would force every American college to define rules for acceptable speech. It includes federal money for small schools that need assistance in meeting the laws reporting and enforcement requirements. Rules that, if not followed could result in schools losing other federal dollars. The Supreme Court should save us all […]

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Data Point – Americans believe true Freedom of Speech is lost

by Skip August 29, 2017

Again, this is very scary time for American Exceptionalism – it shows that the Progressive Totalitarians are winning at turning this country inside out: …Citizens are wary of speaking their minds, a new poll suggests. Many Americans are opting to stay quiet in an intensified culture of political correctness fostered by activism and often biased […]

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Adhocracy, Why the Progressives are against Free Speech

by Scott Morales August 25, 2017

Remember when the Democrats unanimously voted to repeal the First Amendment back in 2014? Remember when Hillary wanted to curtail free speech when it pertains to politicians? And how about all those times over the past several years when Progressives and leftists called for silencing “hate speech” where hate speech is anything they don’t like? […]

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Thoughts on a Torn Poster

by Ellen Kolb August 24, 2017

I heard anecdotes about a man with a pro-life sign being assailed during the recent Boston demonstration/counterdemonstration, and then found that an Esquire writer tweeted a short video of the incident. (Language alert.) The guy was carrying a poster with photos of preborn human beings on the upper half of the poster, visible in the […]

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Supreme Court: State cannot deny the Church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2017

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court has declared that a state may not withhold an available public benefit on account of religious status. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Missouri church that sued the state after being denied taxpayer funds for a playground project because of a provision that prohibits […]

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Bernie Sanders holds that Christians living / expressing their Faith are unfit to serve in Government

by Skip June 12, 2017

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  (John 14:6) Apparently, with Govt as his God, Socialist Bernie decided that his secularism was going to trump a Christian that has been nominated for the Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director […]

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Full text of President Trump’s Religious Freedom Executive Order

by Skip May 4, 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMOTING FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further […]

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Why is it the Left (and Progressive Republicans) HATE Free Speech?

by Skip April 15, 2017

“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.” The Left is not even trying to hide their scorn […]

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A professional Muslim singer can refuse to sing at a Christian church but a Christan…

by Skip March 12, 2017

but a professional Christian flower artist / photographer MUST can’t refuse a gay marriage? “That’s such a sticky situation”. Er, NO, it is not.  Only Political Correctness (aka, Cultural Marxism) makes it plausible ONLY if you really don’t think about it.  And most of these Precious Snowflakes are never challenged to really think. “Everyone agreed […]

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Notable Quote: Jeff Jacoby. And more

by Skip February 6, 2017

Emphasis mine: (Part 1) …Should the law ban private companies from discriminating on the basis of sex (or race, religion, ethnicity, etc.)? There is wide agreement that invidious discrimination fueled by bigotry is contemptible, and most Americans accept the authority of government to suppress such ugliness from the marketplace. I agree with the above.  But […]

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Clockhmed and Mohamed Mohamed get SLAPPed!

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2017

Do you remember Clockhmed? Ahmed “Clock-Boy” Mohamed brought a ‘device’ to school that had the see-something-say-something crowd thinking bomb. He was arrested and suspended, and became the talk of the nation. Was it a misunderstanding or a ploy to tease an anti-Muslim narrative? Whatever the plan was Ahmed’s father Mohamed Mohamed launched a series of defamation […]

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Marching for Life, or Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Ellen Kolb January 14, 2017

New Hampshire Right to Life sponsored another successful March for Life in Concord on Saturday. The annual event brings hundreds of pro-life Granite Staters together to rally and march in defense of the right to life. Bold stuff, for Concord. Opponents waited near the Equality Center down the street (the name “Feminist Health Center” has […]

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So why does Sophie Theallet have First Amendment Rights where other small biz owners do not?

by Skip November 22, 2016

Or: how come a fashion designer is not held to the same standard as we’ve seen pizza shops, photographers, florists who the Left has shattered? As we have seen these last few years, have been cited, fined, held up to ridicule, harm done to their private property, violence threatened to them and their families, businesses […]

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Obama Administration – No praying because we gave you free food

by Skip November 4, 2016

Bethesda Mission gives away around 200,000 and feeds about 3,000 hot meals a day to their clients.   They don’t proselytize; they don’t make it mandatory that their clients attend religious functions in order to receive that food or eat those meals.  But, being a Christian mission, they pray (“say Grace”) and give thanks to […]

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Notable Quote – Richard Epstein

by Skip August 5, 2016

On (in part) Freedom of association, Government, and public accommodation (emphasis mine): Historically, Title II [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with public accommodation provisions] had two potent justifications. The first is that it was a necessary corrective against massive abuses of state power under Jim Crow. Thankfully, that risk is gone today. The […]

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Quick Thought – Hillary Clinton’s Democrat Prez nomination acceptance speech

by Skip July 28, 2016

OK, the grandson is sleeping before the midnight feeding so I’ve got a few minutes tonite of blogging.  I’ve got Shrillary on as background paying attention here and there.  Well, she just had a riff on Rights and how she will protect our rights: human rights, womyns’ rights, LGBT rights, workers rights…on and on.  And […]

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Texas DA drops charges against Daleiden, Merritt re PP body-parts videos

by Ellen Kolb July 26, 2016

From the Houston Chronicle: The Harris County [Texas] District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record, for using a fake identification to gain access to the facility. In a surprise […]

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Obama – says one thing, acts another (but he really doesn’t care WHAT you believe)

by Skip July 19, 2016

“Let us honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause.” President Obama (2009), Notre Dame Commencement.  Hmm, so the Congress decided to do exactly that – from LifeSite: House passes bill to stop govt from forcing people to participate in abortion WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – […]

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Words for Betty Tamposi to mull over – Part 2

by Skip July 19, 2016

“…Clinton and her liberal supporters believe the First Amendment to the Constitution must be curtailed to eliminate protections on certain speech.” This is what Betty Tamposi now believes in.  Curtailment of one of the bedrock freedoms we have here in America.  This is the price she is willing to bear for defeating Trump?  Once again, […]

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