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Freedom of Speech

Confusion Between 'Diverse Opinions' and 'Oppressive Characterizations'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, of course, does not stand alone in employing religious texts and tenets, as well as his personal experiences (read as "historical revisions") to justify and rationalize his opinions and "values."

Phil Robertson Firing a Setback For Tolerance

Brian Jencunas | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

Making tolerance mandatory for public figures robs America of public dialogue around an important social issue. Anti-gay opinions will not go away because Phil Robertson or other celebrities are not saying them.

An Open Letter to "Duck Dynasty" and Supporters

Charles Clymer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those folks from Pussy Riot.

Freedom of (Hate?) Speech

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

The only people I can recall, or find via research, that Palin, Hannity and Beck have defended using the freedom of speech argument, are the ones that got into trouble for making comments against blacks or homosexuals. Could that really be possible?

Stop Screaming 'First Amendment'

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

So let's clear this up: Phil Robertson was not deprived of his First Amendment rights. He was absolutely free to make the comments he made. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. In fact, the government stayed completely out of it.

5 Things to Remember When Discussing This Duck Dynasty Mess

Chris Boeskool | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Boeskool

What is noteworthy is the conversation that is going to take place over the next couple of days on social media. I say "conversation," but really it's mostly going to be a bunch of angry people who are certain that God is on their side typing in ALL CAPS.

Stories Most Feared by Chinese officials Will Still Be Told

PEN American Center | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
PEN American Center

An individual leaking a damning video or corporate filing needn't be a brilliant political strategist, visionary writer or charismatic operative. They don't need to conceive a motivational manifesto. All they need to do is make a printout, download a file, send an email or post a link.

Duck Dynasty Has Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Criticism

Stefanie Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Stefanie Williams

just like you're entitled to your opinion, I am entitled to mine. And I will vocally tell you your opinion is kind of crazy and slightly hateful and more than a little uneducated.

A Holiday Season Filled With Art for the Soul: Defending an Iranian Actor's Freedom to Speak Her Mind

Robin Bronk | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Robin Bronk

As a nation who leads the world in embracing the freedoms of speech and creativity, actresses and cultural icons like Pegah Ahangarani, must be supported in their quest to be the conscience of a nation.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Gigi G. | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Gigi G.

As we remember Nelson Mandela, the man, it is also important to remember him for the great teacher he was. For me, one of greatest quotes to grace t...

This Year Let's Give Thanks for On-Campus Dissent

Julianna Forlano | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Julianna Forlano

How many of our personal rights and freedoms have their roots in campus protest? How many of our children's will be? If the City University of New York (CUNY) has its way, we may never find out.

Speaking Turko-tweetish

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Twitter's importance as a tool for freedom of speech was confirmed last spring in the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, when a civil movement emerged against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

#FreeCarlosMiller: Boston Police Criminalizes Contacting Its Media Relations Office

Grant Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Grant Stern

I think its time to start a #FreeCarlosMiller hashtag. For those of you who don't know Carlos, he's a journalist-turned-blogger who is constantly wo...

I'm Your Thief

Felipe Munhoz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Felipe Munhoz

Just a brief introduction: there is a great discussion happening in Brazil about freedom of speech and violation of privacy. The discussion is focused...

WATCH: Students Don Confederate Flags In Alleged Anti-Gay Statement

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Two 16-year-old students are up in arms because school officials suspended the pair for wearing Confederate flags as clothing on the grounds of their ...

Lean in, Be Heard

Iram Ganju | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Girls can't do this alone though.

Russia's Pride (PHOTOS)

Olek | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Olek

The recent government decision regarding gay rights in Russia made me want to boycott the country. Then, at a dinner with my three best friends, who happen to be gay, we all agreed that I should take the opportunity that St. Petersburg's Galeria presented to make a statement.

HuffPost Hawaii: 'Keep an Eye on NSA, Military'

Jon Letman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

On the day HuffPost Hawaii launched, I had the chance to sit down briefly -- nine minutes, to be exact -- with Honolulu Civil Beat publisher and CEO P...

Plaintiff In Iconic School Speech Case Going On Tour

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Mary Beth Tinker was just 13 when she spoke out against the Vietnam War by wearing a black armband to her Iowa school in 1965. When...

Russia's Anti Gay Law and International Conservatism

Elena Ulansky | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
Elena Ulansky

It looks like Mr. Putin, being fully aware of the results of the law would have on the western world, chose to care more about how he is perceived in his country than in the rest of the world.

Gay Fellows, Dead Cats and Sanctuaries

James Peron | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Yes, I could quibble with Mencken on some of his wording, but his general sentiments are my own. While I can make a list as long as my arm of thinkers who have influenced me, in the end it is my responsibility to formulate my own credo.

Anonymity: Can Freedom Ring Only Behind Fake Names?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

When Arianna Huffington announced that, starting in September, users will no longer be able to create anonymous accounts, writers cheered and commenters... well, some commenters did what that contingent of commenter always does: they went ballistic.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame and the First and Fourteenth Amendments

David Abbitt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
David Abbitt

At some point we have to ask ourselves: What are the costs for our increasing proclivity towards escapism in our social and news media?

Stunning Ag-gag Bill News

Ocean Robbins | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Ocean Robbins

Amy Meyer wanted to see for herself where her food was coming from. But in the state of Utah, she discovered, that was against the law.