Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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Trump Blocks Veterans Group VoteVets On Twitter

Trump has a problem with veterans

Donald Trump blocked veterans group VoteVets.org on Twitter after the group criticized several of his positions and statements. The group – a large-scale liberal veterans political action committee that boasts a membership of at least half a million members – made the accusation via their social media accounts today posting screenshots. Prior to being blocked, the organization issued a laundry list of […]

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Kathy Griffin, Trump & The Free Speech Double Standard

Kathy Griffin, Trump & The Free Speech Double Standard

What was supposed to be a deliberately provocative photo expression playing on Donald Trump’s Islamophobia backfired on comedian and provocateur Kathy Griffin after she posed for a picture holding a bloody rendering of Trump’s head. Immediate criticism on both sides of the aisle led Griffin to issue an apology only hours after the picture made news. Though the apology was immediate, it didn’t […]

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott “Jokes” About Shooting Journalists

Greg Abbott jokes about shooting reporters

Two days after Montana Republican Greg Gianforte reportedly assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for asking about the CBO score on the deeply unpopular AHCA, Texas Governor Greg Abbott “joked” about shooting reporters. Holding a gun range target, Abbott spoke to press and observers about legislation he just signed into law significantly lowering the fee to obtain a gun in Texas. “I’m […]

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Fox’s Todd Starnes Shows Ignorance in Police Car Decal Case

Todd Starnes

Why does Todd Starnes still have a platform? Oh right, because millions of deplorables still eat up his Christian persecution, anti-Muslim, anti-atheist, homophobic, transphobic, “everyone is bad but old fat Christian white guys” rhetoric. On Friday, he published a post on Fox News and his website called, “Sheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals.” The post covered the […]

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Comey Memo: Trump’s Attack on Journalists & Free Press

Trump attacks free press, journalists and journalism in general

One of the lesser reported items from the alleged James Comey memo following his and Donald Trump’s mid-February conversation relates to a discussion about jailing journalists for publishing leaked information. In their original reporting on the memo, the New York Times noted that after asking Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room, Trump both discussed the investigation of […]

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GOP Rep Contacts a Progressive Constituent’s Employer Over Activism

After learning one of his constituents works for a bank he’s received financial support from, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) wrote a letter to punish a progressive activist for speaking out publicly against him. In a letter dated March 21, 2017, Frelinghuysen – who serves as the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee  – contacted Lakeland Bank in New Jersey about Saily Avelenda (who up until […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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Network Ad Refusal: Trump Has No Clue How Free Speech Works

The Trump 2020 campaign ad calling mSM fake news was rejected by several networks - but that does not make it a free speech or First Amendment issue

In a statement released by the Trump 2020 campaign this afternoon, Donald Trump argued that media outlets’ ongoing refusal to accept his “First 100 Days” self-congratulatory ad infringes on his First Amendment free speech rights. In reality, privately-owned media companies are under no legal obligation to accept political advertisements. Moreover, the First Amendment’s free speech provisions apply only to government censorship of speech. […]

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TN Public School Under Fire For Promotion of Religion

Milan High School

Milan High School in Milan, Tennessee faces criticism and possible legal action over allowing Larry Eddings – a math teacher and coach – to promote religion and potentially “teach” a class next term that would involve proselytizing Christianity to public school students. The teacher’s religious activities came to the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently following complaints from […]

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