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Some Muslims Don't Get It: Freedom Of Speech And The Legitimacy Of Muslim Protests

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

The Muslims who murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens were purportedly defending the name of Prophet Muhammad. But they have done the exact opposite of their intention: tarnished the name of the Prophet in the eyes of the few non-Muslims.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.

Muslims: Don't Confront Violence With Silence

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

There is no justification for violence -- none whatsoever. So why can't American Muslims use their freedom of expression in a responsible fashion to light a candle?

Are Radical Imams Going to Redefine Freedom of Speech?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Let us not allow those who employ violence to initiate a debate about the limits of free speech. Democracies should not allow themselves to be held hostage to violent extremists.

Anti-Muslim Extremist Video Calls for Counter-narrative by Mainstream Americans

Sahar Aziz | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Sahar Aziz

While some Americans may take offense at having to prove they are not racists or bigots simply because a small number of Americans are, they do not hesitate to demand the same of Muslims.

Where Do They Get All Those U.S. Flags?

David Sable | Posted 11.17.2012 | Media
David Sable

I leave it to you to decide if a poorly made and written movie with an ignorant basis, that has ignited way more than burned flags -- leaving death and destruction is protected or not.

Journalists' Choice: Face Death Or Jail

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

QUETTA, Pakistan -- The telephone call to local journalists generally comes in the late evening. The voice on the other end is harsh. He has a stateme...

The Truth Is, Muslims Are Guilty!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Thanks to the reckless retaliation of some of us, the voices of the many peace-loving and kind-hearted Christian Copts will now be lost in the details.

Could the Death of Chris Stevens Mark a Change in Western Attitudes Towards Islam?

Annabel Symington | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Annabel Symington

Since Muslims and Islam took the place of Russia and communism as the villain of choice for Hollywood films, the media has repeatedly failed in interrogate the view that Islam and Muslim fundamentalism are inextricable.

Russia: Prison Bars Cannot Hold Back the Wind of Freedom

Christophe Deloire | Posted 11.10.2012 | World
Christophe Deloire

There is a danger that the image of Russia's institutions as being frozen in an archaic and despotic past could obscure the reality of a changing society that is much more diverse than we imagine.

Lessons From Pussy Riot

Brian Koppelman | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Brian Koppelman

Yes. We have troubles here. Just look at whatever may be written above or below me on the site. But the very fact that we can debate them, yell about them, fight for them, means that we have hope. Which is like oxygen. As long as you have it, you are alive.

A Friendly Reminder to Defend the First Amendment

Michael Geheren | Posted 10.15.2012 | Teen
Michael Geheren

I think that American teenagers forget about the five vital freedoms that this country has and that many countries don't. Being a journalist, freedom of the press means a lot to me personally.

The Sound of Silence

Gary Hart | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

There is a constant chorus respecting the freedom of speech. Little is heard respecting the right to remain silent. But many more Americans remain silent than speak, for more reasons than we can count. All of which are fine, except silence conveys assent.

Scott Blakeman: A Lighter Look at the U.S. Constitution

92nd Street Y | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
92nd Street Y

In this 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution year, political comedian Scott Blakeman takes a lighter look at our countries guiding document, finding that comedians and the constitution have one major thing in common--optimism.

INTERVIEW: Jim Norton On Being Offensive & What He Likes About Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.13.2012 | Comedy

Jim Norton doesn't mind offending you, he minds what you do after you've been offended. Shortly after the debut of his new comedy special Please Be...

The Many Definitions Of Freedom

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Freedom means going for our own unique brand of personal excellence, thereby making the world a brighter, more colorful and more loving place.

Has 'Freedom' Become a Seven-Letter Holy Word?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

"Freedom" has become the seven-letter revered, almost worshiped, word for the Fourth of July and the rest of the year as well. More than a word. More than a concept.

America's Strange Love/Hate Relationship With Censorship

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 08.18.2012 | Home
Nicholas Ferroni

Most Americans may not be able to list all of our 27 amendments, but we never have a problem remembering the first.

Victory for Student Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down University of Cincinnati's Tiny Free Speech Zone

Will Creeley | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Will Creeley

Prior to this week, UC maintained an incredibly tiny free-speech zone, limiting student "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to a space covering a miniscule 0.1 percent of the school's 137-acre campus.

Below the Fold: Wells Fargo Freezes ML-Implode.com Bank Account

Richard Zombeck | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business
Richard Zombeck

Back in May I covered Martin Andelman's article about a homeowner committing suicide as a result of Wells Fargo "mistakenly" foreclosing on his home. Now, Wells Fargo has taken action against ML-Implode, who hosts Andelman's site, by freezing its bank account.

On Schultz

Nita Chaudhary | Posted 08.13.2012 | Media
Nita Chaudhary

What happened with Rush was that Americans everywhere asked themselves whether they wanted to live in a society where a man who solicits sex tapes from a college student and calls her a slut is rewarded with ad dollars and fame. The answer was a resounding no. And that's a good thing.

Accessorizing Hate

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

When we choose silence in the face of bigotry, we threaten the lifeblood of our Union. We've all experienced more than a few bigots in our lives. Th...

Reclaiming 'Labels'

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Many are aware of a controversial part of The Vagina Monologues in which the audience is encouraged to "reclaim" a certain slur. Unfortunately, the idea of using derogatory words to draw attention to their effects in society has met roadblocks at two universities lately.

NY Bill Would Eliminate Anonymous Online Comments

Posted 05.23.2012 | New York

A new bill in Albany has its sights set on anonymous internet trolls. The Internet Protection Act would require sites to have online commenters identi...

What Do Corporations Want?

William Astore | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
William Astore

Americans admire plucky individuals, those who cry "Give me liberty or give me death." But how much liberty do we truly have when we cede so much power to corporations?