Conservative Justices Far More Biased on Free Speech

There's a fascinating new study by Lee Epstein of the USC Law School that looks at how justices voted on free speech cases from 1953 to 2010. It shows that all justices are more likely to uphold the legality of speech that agrees with them ideologically, the conservatives on the court are far more likely than the liberals to do so. Here's a chart showing how the most recent long-serving justices voted in such cases: … [Read more...]

Fake ‘Ex-Terrorist’ Loses Copyright Case

Ergun Caner, a fake "ex-terrorist" who was fired from Liberty University when his harrowing tale of his evil past was thoroughly debunked, has lost a copyright lawsuit he filed against another Christian who used video of him speaking in a Youtube clip criticizing him. Fair use FTW. … [Read more...]

How to Handle a Bigoted College Speaker

Unhinged bigot Peter LaBarbera recently spoke at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a group of pro-equality students there gave a textbook example of how you deal with such a speaker without violating their free speech rights or the right of other students to hear him speak. Kate Geiselman, one of the students who led the effort, tells the story: … [Read more...]

The Peter Makes Himself a Martyr

Anti-gay bigot extraordinaire Peter LaBarbera is making a bid for martyrdom, getting himself arrested at the University of Regina in Canada for handing out anti-gay literature. He had previously been briefly detained while crossing the border, but was allowed to enter to give a lecture. … [Read more...]

Klayman Sues Blogger for Quoting Court Ruling

Remember that court ruling in Larry Klayman's divorce/custody case that suggested that he may have touched his children inappropriately? He's now suing cartoonist Ken Avidor for quoting that court ruling, something I have done as well. It was filed a year ago and dismissed but now Klayman has refiled it. … [Read more...]

Russia Arresting Protesters for Not Carrying Signs

Let's check in with how Bryan Fischer's Lion of Christianity is doing in creating what Scott Lively calls a "model pro-family society" is doing on that freedom thing. Turns out, not so well. They're now arresting people for not holding up protest signs. … [Read more...]

More Bloggers Arrested in Bangladesh

With four atheist bloggers already facing criminal charges for blasphemy, two more teenage bloggers were attacked by a Muslim mob and then arrested for posting "derogatory comments against Islam and Prophet Mohammad." Some of their fellow bloggers say this is all trumped and all they did was protest death threats against others by Muslim extremists: … [Read more...]

Marines Throw Fit About a Piece of Cloth

Here's a Youtube video of two Marines chasing down a scooter and throwing a temper tantrum because the guy on the scooter was holding a flag upside down during a protest of police brutality in New Mexico. The guys with the flag are lucky they dropped it because there would almost certainly have been violence involved if they hadn't. Because remember, a piece of colored cloth matters far more than the constitution they swore to uphold and they're more than happy to be angry thugs in its defense. … [Read more...]

Ingersoll and American Blasphemy Laws

Hal Gordon informs me of something I did not know, that Robert Ingersoll once defended a man in a blasphemy case. He lost that case but he ended up being largely responsible for the end of blasphemy prosecutions anyway through his gift for good humor and subtle ridicule. … [Read more...]

El Ghazzali Criticizes Blasphemy Laws at the UN

Kacem El Ghazzali, an atheist blogger from Morocco who now lives in exile in Switzerland because of that country's authoritarian blasphemy laws, addressed the UN Human Rights Council and strongly criticized the use of blasphemy laws, including by several of the nations that sit on that council. The International Humanist and Ethical Union has the transcript of his brief speech. … [Read more...]

Christian Right Legal Group Invents ‘Free Speech’ Case

There's an odd situation going on at Purdue University after a family donated $12,500 to the engineering school but wanted a plaque at the facility that honored "those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws." The school said no, fearing possible litigation over the plaque's religious message. … [Read more...]

4th Circuit: State Can’t Have Only ‘Choose Life’ Plates

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that said the state of North Carolina can't approve the offering of a "Choose Life" license plate and then refuse to approve a pro-choice license plate. That is viewpoint discrimination under the law. … [Read more...]


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