Neurosurgeon and notable conservative speaker Dr. Ben Carson's most recent book has made it to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' best sellers list.
Dr. Carson's One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future, debuted on the "Hardcover Nonfiction" list at No. 1 last week and remains so this week.
In the Hardcover Nonfiction category, One Nation is trailed by French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century at No. 2, and Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer at No. 3. more >>
A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
Alan Cooper, the executive vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, said one of the officials also displayed the "I Support Phil" decals in his office last month and offered them to subordinates.
"The BUE (bargaining union employee) was clearly offended and disgusted that a senior management official would display the decal on their pod," read an email Cooper wrote. more >>
A Virginia church has generated a lot of controversy over its distribution of a pamphlet that some claim wrongly stereotypes Muslims.
Bible Baptist Church of Roanoke made local news when some in the city's Muslim community expressed concern over the distribution of a pamphlet on Islam. Titled "Unforgiven?" the pamphlet was created by Chick Publications, a fundamentalist Christian evangelism outlet.
In an interview with local media, Roanoke resident Hussain Al-Shiblawi said the messages in the pamphlet suggest that Muslims are violent and condemned to hell. more >>
Imagine if Congress passed and the president signed a law making it a crime to utter "false, scandalous and malicious" statements "against the government." Think that would violate your right to free speech?
Of course it would. So it's startling to realize that such a law was, in fact, enacted at one time. In 1798, to be specific. The Alien and Sedition Acts were signed by President John Adams, no less. If you can't trust an actual Founding Father to oppose such an unconstitutional law, who can you trust?
Jump to 2014, and you'll find the same impulse to quash speech we disagree with is alive and well. All that's changed are the tactics. Frontal assaults are out. Today's politicians are savvier about how they propose to limit speech. more >>
College and university policies that stipulate that Christian student groups on campus must follow non-discrimination policies in the selection of the groups' leaders could squelch student conversation about faith in the future, says a leader from InterVarsity.
Greg Jao, national field director for the Northeast InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, told The Christian Post that college institutions such as California State University (Cal State), the largest university system in the U.S., that are prepared to withdraw recognition from certain evangelical clubs this summer, are an example of a nation at a crossroads.
"There's just enough of them that it's not just Vanderbilt, for example, that have taken this to an illogical extreme, it's an increasing number of schools that actually believe that the best way to avoid discrimination is to prevent religious groups from becoming authentically religious. There is enough of them that it is actually a trend," Jao explains. "The United States is in the middle of reassessing what it thinks the role of religion should be in our society. Health and Human Service questions, denial of service questions, marriage equality, they are all different questions about religion and its role in society, but they are all being asked right now and the U.S. is coming to a very different answer than it used to come up with." more >>
Many years ago - early in my litigation career against campus censorship and repression - I challenged in court a policy that confidently declared, "Acts of intolerance will not be tolerated."
Think about that sentence for a moment - would the university violate its own policy against intolerance by not tolerating intolerance, and then be forced to punish itself? At any rate, a federal judge struck it down, and that particular phrase of repressive college doublespeak started to disappear into the memory hole.
The impulse to cloak censorship and repression in high-minded nonsense remains, however. Yesterday The New York Times covered the plight of Christian groups on campus, where groups at dozens of universities - including in the California State University System, the nation's largest - face exclusion from campus because they refuse to submit to demands that they not use their religious faith when determining the leaders of religious groups. As if it should be irrelevant whether a Christian bible study leader is actually Christian. Justified as a diversity initiative, it is motivated by nothing but malice - the desire to force Christian groups into a corner so that they either leave (the preferred outcome), water down their faith to accommodate university-approved ideologies (a decent second-best alternative), or lie about their policies and actions (an immoral response that also leaves the groups vulnerable to school discipline). more >>