A Kansas-based hate group unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination protested at the biggest National Football League game of the year, and has announced plans to stage a protest at actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church held a demonstration showcasing their usual inflammatory rhetoric aimed at homosexuals and the United States near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
A Christian college in Wisconsin has changed its "Crusaders" school mascot after nearly half-a-century in order to adapt to changing times.
Matt Davis, executive vice president of Maranatha Baptist University located in Watertown, says that the university chose to change its nickname because it has become a more "global society." The school also changed its name from Maranatha Baptist College in December, and Davis says the latest change is in compliance with the school's makeover process.
Recently, 12 members of the House of Representatives signed on to H.R. 3878, a bill that would launch an investigation into any "role" that might be played by radio, television, and the Internet to supposedly "encourage" the commission of hate crimes.
I have been following this issue, in all its various forms, for several years in Washington, and I have no hesitation in saying that this proposal is not only audacious, but it would, if passed, be downright dangerous. Such an "investigation" would be a prelude to proposed free-speech-infringing regulations that would be almost certain to follow. Here is the convoluted background of this First Amendment-oppressive proposal.
In 1993, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), which were directed to conduct the same kind of investigation as is outlined in H.R. 3878, came out with its report. In its findings back then, however, the NTIA found itself fumbling for an adequate definition of the kind of "hate speech" that could theoretically lead to "hate crimes." The best it could do was to conclude, essentially, that such hate speech is "speech that creates a climate of hate or prejudice." As we can see, that gives no guidance to broadcasters whatsoever, let alone to citizen bloggers on the web. I am sure that any similar investigation by the NTIA will yield definitions that are no clearer. But lack of clarity is not the biggest problem. In 2009, advocacy groups, following up from the NTIA report, asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate conservative talk radio and television commentators for alleged incidents of "hate speech." Though that petition was never acted on, within the communications culture the use of misplaced "hate speech" labels to squelch expression by conservatives, proponents of traditional values, and Christians has occurred so frequently as to become legendary. more >>
A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court earlier this week by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) on behalf of a Lubbock, Texas, man who's accusing the city's largest school district of allegedly violating his right of free speech after they refused to display an ad showing a tattooed Jesus on a jumbotron during high school football games.
Lubbock Independent School District denied the ad request in October from David L. Miller, founder of Little Pencil LLC, an organization that promotes the Bible's teachings through marketing campaigns, even though ADF says the district allows other religious groups to advertise.
"No one deserves to be silenced simply for having a viewpoint that school officials don't favor," said Jeremy Tedesco, ADF senior legal counsel. "When a school creates an opportunity for community advertising, it cannot single out religious messages for censorship. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their religious or political beliefs." more >>
The National Security Agency (NSA) has the capability to access to the personal information of millions of Americans via apps on smartphones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A civil liberties expert denounced the misuse of this technology as a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
"Monitoring someone through an app is as valid a means as any other to spy on a legitimate target; monitoring everyone – whether through their apps, their web browsing, or their phone records — is dangerous," Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday statement.
According to reports from The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, the NSA can discover a person's location, political leanings, and even sexual orientation through mobile mapping, gaming, and social networking apps common to the world's estimated 1 billion smartphones. The documents do not say whether or not NSA has used this capability. more >>