Here’s a rather baffling report from the New York Times: Bangladesh’s High Court on Thursday disqualified the country’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, from taking part in next year’s general election, saying the party’s charter conflicts with the principles of the nation’s secular Constitution. You’re prosecuting several bloggers for blasphemy and you think you have a …
Category Archive: Free Speech
Aug 08 2013
Aug 07 2013
A coalition of human rights advocates and organizations in Pakistan is demanding an end to that nation’s barbaric laws against blasphemy, which have been used to imprison and even kill those who dare to offend the delicate religious sensibilities of Muslims.
Jul 26 2013
The chief of police of Gilberton, Pennsylvania needs to be fired. Immediately. The mayor says she can’t do that because of the First Amendment, but she’s wrong and I’ll explain why. But take a look at how this police chief is behaving toward the people he is sworn to protect:
Jul 11 2013
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I find the Obama White House’s “We the People” petition website to be mostly a joke. Most of the petitions are pointless and most of the responses little more than a string of nonsensical platitudes. But I like part of their response to petitions demanding that the …
Jul 01 2013
In the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, time is set aside when the members can take the floor to speak on whatever subject they like (like the U.S. House does with “special order” speeches). But they can be stopped from speaking if just one of their colleagues objects. Look what happened when a gay legislator got …
Jul 01 2013
Here’s another great example of a disorderly conduct charge being used to do stomp on free speech, this time in Pennsylvania. A guy protesting Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision not to expand Medicaid wrote in chalk on the sidewalk, “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” The citation he received for disorderly conduct says he …
Jun 25 2013
The Supreme Court on Thursday, in a surprisingly lopsided decision, ruled that the federal government could not put restrictions on statements made by recipients of funding. The case involves a Bush-era requirement that foreign groups receiving funding to combat AIDS had to take a position opposing prostitution. Lyle Denniston explains the ruling:
Jun 24 2013
Kenan Malik has a terrific essay on freedom of speech, by which he means the freedom to say something that offends someone. He argues that this freedom is never more important than in a pluralistic and diverse society, despite arguments to the contrary.
Jun 18 2013
Rand Paul spoke at this weekend’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference and demanded an end to aid to countries that oppress Christians, noting that blasphemy laws are often used to persecute Christians in Muslim countries, especially those who convert from Islam to Christianity.
Jun 18 2013
On June 11, a federal district judge declared a law forbidding any protests on the grounds of the Supreme Court, overturning 40 U.S.C. § 6135. Two days later, the Supreme Court itself reasserted that same ban in a new regulation based on 40 U.S.C. § 6102, which says: