Tag Archives: free speech

Strachan: Justice Alito’s Warning

Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito recently made a startling point: “religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second class right.”

Alito said as much to the Federalist Society:

“Just as the COVID restrictions have highlighted the movement toward rule by experts, litigation about those restrictions has pointed up emerging trends in the assessment of individual rights. … It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.”

Alito argued that not only religious liberty, but free speech, is imperiled:

“Support for freedom of speech is also in danger. And COVID rules have restricted speech in unprecedented ways.”

This is a timely and prescient warning. Religious liberty is the very foundation of American freedom, and free speech is part of what makes America great.

We cannot sit passively by as our cherished freedoms are whittled away; we must pay attention and take action where we can.

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Owen Strachan: Twitter Has an Obligation to Protect Free Speech

It’s now become a normal event on Twitter. President Trump tweets something about election results, and Twitter leadership attaches a disclaimer to it: “This claim about election results is disputed.”

Most everyone is aware that the President has a lively presence on social media. Every citizen in this country is free to evaluate the President’s claims as they see fit. But Twitter should not be moderating the President’s tweets. Doing so is a weakening of free speech.

Twitter is a publicly held company but is still free to set its own rules. That does not mean that they don’t have a responsibility to promote free speech. Like higher education institutions, liberty either flourishes or goes to die in such settings.

Twitter should not act as the President’s self-appointed Big Brother. Twitter should let free speech be free, and leave it to citizens to figure out the rest.

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Bari Weiss NYT Resignation and Institutional Free Speech Under Threat: Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson with David French

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with David French, senior editor at The Dispatch, about Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan’s resignation from the NYT and NY Post. He also talks about his latest article: The Case for Religious Liberty Is More Compelling than the Case for Christian Power.

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Albert Mohler: Switzerland Criminalizing Public Expressions of Christian Orthodoxy?

The news coming out of Switzerland should have our attention—where 63 percent of voters decided to criminalize public homophobia.

What are we looking at is a species of hate speech legislation—a law criminalizing certain speech. In an intellectually dishonest move, the Swiss government authorities assured voters that even though this is a curtailment of the freedom of speech, it is not actually a curtailment of free speech.

Yes: It’s a contradictory argument, but it also points to the very heart of the problem with hate speech legislation.

In fact: On the other side of this vast sexual and moral revolution, a traditional defense of biblical Christianity could well now be defined as a criminal act in Switzerland.

Any exemptions we see will not long last because of the logic of this legislation—and that is to declare that anything short of the total public comprehensive embrace of the LGBTQ movement—is a form of hatred.

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