censorship

by Christopher Harbin Marc was recently quoted in the paper of record regarding Slapp suits. One tidbit of the article stood out as odd to me: "The group Medical Justice, which helps protect doctors from meritless malpractice suits, advises its members to have patients sign an agreement that gives the doctor copyright over a...

By J. DeVoy [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2IHnWY-i6Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Stop one on our tour of the forthcoming dark age: Fundamentalist muslims attack Lars Vilks during a presentation on free speech at a Swedish university.  Vilks was behind the 2007 cartoon depictions of Muhammad, and the film he intended to show continued this theme.  What wasn't shown in...

By All Hands Last week, one Harvard law student forwarded a fellow classmate's six-month old e-mail to people guaranteed to take offense to it.  The original e-mail's damning line, which has been seized upon by Above The Law, Eugene Volokh and others, is this: "I absolutely do not rule out the possibility...

By J. DeVoy While not all speech protected by the First Amendment is palatable, it is valuable.  Almost two years ago, France tried to stifle the spread of information about anorexia and bulimia.  The bill proposed to the country's legislature provided steep penalties for promoting these diet and lifestyle choices. [The bill]...

By J DeVoy Comedy Central edited last night's South Park, where Matt Stone and Trey Parker again tried to push the envelope and depict the prophet Muhammad on national television.  Comedy Central also edited the show the last time South Park attempted to show Muhammad. By way of comparison, where were the...

In Eastwood (near Syracuse, NY), a church congregation is up in arms because a video store is opening next door and they intend to have adult videos available. (source) Roosevelt Baums, pastor of the church puts it more simply: It’s just not right. “Well, according to the membership, we wouldn’t like...

By J. DeVoy Alan Grayson, the Democrat Congressman from central Florida, has been on a hot streak for bad PR.  In December, Marc broke the story about Grayson's poor reaction to constituent outcry over his childish antics. I truly admired Alan Grayson. I think that his policies are good for America. I think that...

By J. DeVoy The District Attorney for Juneau County, Wisconsin, has threatened to bring charges against teachers who inform students of reproductive options other than abstinence.  Scott Southworth - whom you can contact here - wrote a letter to Juneau County's teachers, warning them of the consequences for following a law...

By J. DeVoy Florida's Republican representatives have added a provision in a $75 million bill,  intended to attract entertainment business to the state, which would deny a tax credit to television shows not considered "family friendly."  Shows that feature "cross-generational appeal" and forego smoking, profanity, nudity, sex and obscenity, will receive...