Parody, satire, humor, and puns are fully part of the marketplace of ideas, and it is unacceptable for a university like Tufts to violate its promises and abuse its "bias incident" policy to decide which jokes may or may not be told on campus.
You'd think online services would oppose something like this -- but in fact Facebook, Microsoft and others support it. Under CISPA, they wouldn't be required to share any information about their users with authorities. But if they chose to do so, the bill would protect them from any legal blowback.
A major battle over free speech is being waged at Seattle Community College District, where the Board of Trustees wants to revise the Washington Administrative Code to allow new rules that would regulate protests on all three of the city's state funded community college campuses.
The eminent Turkish Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was recently welcomed in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. However, this organization has an agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam, which threatens to strangle dissent and reform.
We all have a First Amendment right to begin our arguments with some version of "Jane, you ignorant slut." We can't rely on censors to enforce civility. But we needn't say all the terrible things we're allowed to say.
When I hear liberal commentators calling for boycotting any business that advertises on the Limbaugh show, or calling on radio stations carrying the show to cancel it, I start to get nervous -- as a First Amendment liberal, that is.