Trump Administration Continues Attack on ESPN’s Jemele Hill

Sarah Huckabee Sanders discusses Jemele Hill and ESPN

Earlier this week, after ESPN media personality Jemele Hill offered criticism of Donald Trump on her personal Twitter account, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Hill be fired for making the comments since she is connected with the media giant. In the White House press briefing today, Sanders doubled down on those comments following unsubtle jabs on Twitter from Donald Trump […]

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The Trump Administration’s Jemele Hill Attack Threatens Free Speech

Jemele Hill

When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued that ESPN’s Jemele Hill should be fired for labeling Donald Trump a while supremacist, the Trump administration crossed a constitutional line. Though most people misunderstand or abuse the free speech section of the First Amendment, that hallmark constitutional right does offer one pertinent protection for all individuals: the right to speak […]

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Shooting The Messenger: Trump’s Attack on Free Press

Trump attacks free press, journalists and journalism in general

A recent report from the Brookings Institution began rather predictably: A leader who portrays himself as one of the persecuted, the target of an incessant witch-hunt by the so-called deep state. A liberal media intent on revisiting an election gone badly. And a left-wing political machine supposedly out to get him. The surprise came in the next sentence. “This leader, of […]

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Irony Alert: Good News Club Posts Article About Childhood Trauma

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Displaying of a total lack of self-awareness, the Facebook page for the “Good News Club on Television” (yes, that’s a thing) posted an article last week from Wikr, a clickbait-factory website, titled, “7 Childhood Traumas That Can Negatively Affect Your Children As Adults.” The article doesn’t cite any specific study, but mentions “a group of researchers from McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.” I’ve done some homework […]

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Free Speech Conundrums: The ACLU & Charlottesville

A friend of mine–a very thoughtful observer of American life and culture–asked for my opinion of the ACLU’s reported decision not to represent Charlottesville protestors alleging violation of their free speech rights if the “speakers” were armed at the time. I haven’t seen a detailed statement to that effect, but based upon what I know, I agree with it. When […]

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The City And The Constitution

civic literacy

I was asked to speak to participants in the local OASIS program about the interaction of the Constitution with municipal government, and about my experiences during the Hudnut administration. I decided to share it, both as a needed vacation from Trumpism and as a reminder that there used to be decent politicians in both parties… When constitutional issues arise, most […]

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Jeffrey Lord, CNN & Misunderstanding the First Amendment

jeffrey lord

CNN fired Jeffrey Lord this week after he responded to online critical feedback with the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” Lord – an avid Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “First Amendment fundamentalist” – spent much of his time on CNN defending the Trump administration’s excuses and outright lies. Background The termination happened after Lord wrote an article attacking Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. Carusone […]

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Good News Club Proselytizes To Kids In Summer School Classes

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Last week, I published a warning to Wisconsin parents that Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of liars for Jesus — also known as the Good News Club — is targeting Milwaukee-area schools in order to solicit children to attend their clubs.  Because of a 2001 Supreme Court case, the Good News Club is allowed to operate on school property, but only […]

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Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions Trashes Islam Citing 1st Amendment

Roy Moore - the Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions - Trashes Islam, Citing 1st Amendment

When Jeff Sessions took the Attorney General job, his US Senate seat was vacated. On August 15th, Alabama will hold a special election to fill the open seat. Republican Roy Moore is currently the favorite to win the election and recently met with a group of voters in Glendale, AL. During the meeting, a woman asked Moore about Sharia law (at about […]

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Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

After requesting a secular marriage ceremony, a couple planning to marry in Trigg County, Kentucky was shocked when a judge refused to marry them claiming he couldn’t perform the ceremony without religious context. The judge – County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander – reportedly told the couple,  “I include God in my ceremonies, and I won’t do one without him.” Mandy Heath and her fiancé Jon are […]

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