Discipline, Tradition, and Freedom

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Today I am making a guest appearance on my dear friend Kaveh Mousavi’s On the Margin of Error blog. He interviewed me about liberty. He asked 7 questions. Here is my answer to one of them: Kaveh Mousavi: Do you think critical thinking is important for a truly free society or person? Can we be free [Read More...]

Social Pushback On Slurs Does Not Violate Free Speech Rights

When someone tells you not to call black people “niggers” or women “cunts” or gays “fags” or transgender people “trannies” or the mentally disabled “retards” or your enemies “assholes”, “douchebags”, “idiots”, or “stupid”, etc., this is not a free speech issue. It’s a how-to-use-speech-without-being-abusive issue. I would vociferously defend the legal rights of people to use all [Read More...]

Dear Mr. Ambassador, Representative of Pakistan (Re: #TwitterTheocracy)

H.E. Ambassador Masood Khan Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Pakistani Mission to the United Nations 8 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 Re: Pakistani government censoring accounts and posts on Twitter Dear Mr. Ambassador, We, the undersigned organizations, represent hundreds of thousands of ex-Muslims, liberal religious believers, secularists, humanists, atheists, and [Read More...]

My Interview With Blind, Openly Atheist Congressional Candidate James Woods from Arizona

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James Woods is running for a seat in the United States Congress. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. He is blind and an open atheist. Below is the complete transcript of my interview with him on April 27, 2014 with only very minor edits. The transcript was done [Read More...]

The New York Times Called Those Who Brought What Were Essentially Blasphemy Charges Against Pussy Riot “Victims”

A few months ago, I signed up to give automated monthly donations to Amnesty International when I was told about how appallingly small their donations from America were. It is because of their advocacy on issues like this one that they need the support of all people committed to the principle of secularism worldwide: [Read more...]

Arrested For A Mean Tweet?

If this is all the relevant information, this English arrest seems unjust to me: After coming fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event on Monday, the 18-year-old from Plymouth received a message telling him he had let down his father, Rob. Rob Daley died in May 2011 from brain cancer. A 17-year-old boy [Read More...]

Free Speech Rights on Facebook

I don’t get the differences between likes and other forms of free expression. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Bill Maher on Rush Limbaugh, Freedom of Speech, and Misogyny

Last week the right wing spent a lot of time claiming that there was a double standard according to which conservatives like Rush Limbaugh who say offensive things get excoriated in the media, whereas liberals like Bill Maher get a free pass. Maher himself also tweeted that people should drop the pressure to get Limbaugh [Read More...]

Thunderf00t: YouTube Has Started Banning Religiously Offensive Videos

Spread it before it gets removed by YouTube. YouTube needs to learn that not everyone has a moral right to be offended by just anything and make their policies accordingly. H/T: Al Stefanelli Your Thoughts? ___________________ In the comments, TomeWyrm offers helpful advice: If you’d like to download it, you can use the bookmarklet and [Read More...]


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