Tag Archives | freedom of speech

If You’re Not Publishing, You’re Pretending

Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the controversy over the Mohammed cartoon contest that was targeted by jihadists on May 3. But their sketch merely highlighted the weakness of the mainstream response. It turns out, by the way, that this sketch had already been done by the Canadians. (And done better, I might […]

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Everything Before the ‘But’ Is BS

Last night, the jihadists found out that you really don’t mess with Texas. In Paris, if you set out to gun down cartoonists for a drawing pictures of Mohammed, you’re faced with unarmed or unprepared gendarmes who can’t stop you before you wipe out the whole staff of a magazine. Try it in Garland, Texas, […]

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People Should Know the Consequences

To helpfully explain the Charlie Hebdo attack to us, USA Today published a guest “opposing view” column from Anjem Choudary, a British radical Islamist preacher who is described as “a lecturer in sharia,” Islamic law. And boy does he provide an illuminating little lecture. He clears everything up right off the bat, letting us know […]

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Rude People Discovered in New York City, Film at 11

So that video has been making the rounds of a woman walking the streets of New York City and receiving “catcalls” and clumsy come-ons from some pretty unpromising men. This is supposed to illustrate the crushing everyday oppression suffered by women. There are a number of interesting observations that can be made about this video. […]

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First They Came for the Christians

I am an atheist, which puts me firmly on the secular right. There aren’t a whole lot of us, but we’re out here, in some surprising places. Yet I consider the current campaign against religious liberty—the attempt to coerce Christians into providing service to gay weddings or to provide abortifacient drugs to their employees, against […]

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Free Speech for Mann, But Not for Thee

Every side in the political debate has a natural tendency to appeal to freedom of speech when they feel threatened—but to ignore (or initiate) threats to the free speech of the other side. My favorite example is from the early 1990s, when the Yeltsin government dispossessed Russia’s Communist Party of the vast holdings it had […]

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America’s Lysenko

The global warming hysteria is disastrous enough in its intended goal, which is to ban the use of our cheapest and most abundant fuels and force us to limp along on “alternative energy” sources that are insufficient to support an industrial civilization. But along the way, the global warming campaign is already wrecking our science […]

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The Wolves of State Street

President Obama has declared that he will devote the rest of his presidency to fighting the scourge of economic “inequality.” Which is proof that after five years of claiming that they were going to “pivot to jobs” as a top priority any day now—through years of high, persistent, long-term unemployment—the Obama administration has given up. […]

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The White Flag and the Black Flag

The Cairo and Benghazi embassy attacks have brought foreign policy back into the election. The Democrats were enjoying a “post-convention glow,” bragging about a post-convention bounce (which has, as usual, bounced back), and were trying to talk themselves into the idea that they now have a big advantage over Republicans on foreign policy. Well, sure, […]

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