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Applauding the Kids

I told the story yesterday of one of the other sciencebloggers whose son was forced to say the pledge of allegiance by a teacher in North Carolina. I also told of how he and his parents went to the principal and the principal was very sympathetic and said she would talk to the teacher and…

More on UK Anti-Gay Speech Case

Volokh linked to a PDF file with the actual text of the flyer that the minister they arrested was handing out at a gay event in Wales. I agree with Eugene that it’s about as non-offensive as a flyer expressing those opinions could possibly be. It doesn’t rant and rave at gay people, it just…

England’s Free Speech Problem – Again

I swear, England is trying their damnedest to make anti-gay rhetoric sound rational and accurate. They’re prosecuting a minister for handing out leaflets with Bible verses on them at a gay Mardi Gras event, for nothing other than handing them out: A police force was caught up in a freedom of speech row after its…

Anti-Gambling Law a Priority for Frist

Internet News reports: With little more than 20 working days left before the November mid-term elections, the Senate faces a crowded agenda including 13 different funding bills to keep the government functioning when its new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1… In its first session Tuesday since the August recess, Frist prioritized the appropriation bills,…

Partisan Hypocrisy on Wiretapping

Both AmericaBlog and TPMCafe have posts up about how the Republicans in 1995 and 1996 refused to give Clinton the power for both roving and warrantless wiretaps in an anti-terrorism bill. And they’re right. Clinton wanted both kinds of wiretaps as part of a larger anti-terrorism package and the Republicans amended those provisions out of…

Get Ready to Get Pissed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: as cynical as I am about government, I can’t possibly keep up with reality. Last week an appeals court says the government can seize your property without even charging you with a crime, and this week Ohio has a law that allows people to be declared…

Balko on the War on Terrorism

Radley Balko has a very interesting post about the war on terrorism and why we should not allow it to close up our free society and violate our constitutional protections. He bases this in part on an article by James Fallows in The Atlantic, which I have not read. But I find Balko’s logic quite…

Gotta love this post by Balko about a woman who embezzled $2.3 million from her boss while spending $6000 a day on lottery tickets. He cites the article about the situation as saying: Gambling experts say lottery splurges are among the most common types of compulsive gambling. And deadpans: And yet the states spend millions…

Hate Speech Laws and Gored Oxen

This story illustrates perfectly the problem at the core of hate speech laws of the type that so many of our Western allies have. I’ve documented many times what goes on in England whenever anyone reports an anti-gay statement made there. Scotland Yard sends out detectives to investigate. Now I give you the other side…

Campus Speech Codes Beginning to Fall

And I regard that as very good news. Last week, Georgia Tech dropped its speech code as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought against them by the Alliance Defense Fund (and yes, I will agree with them completely on this one despite my opposition to them in most cases). The same thing happened…