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Stained glass window in memory of John Merriam, who was Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and father of William Merriam, who was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1888, in St. Paul's Church-on-the-Hill, 1524 Summit Avenue, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press

Why Shouldn’t We Have Free Speech in Church?

The Trump administration has been signaling their intent to roll back what’s called the Johnson Amendment. Essentially federal policies which prohibits 501(c)3 non-profit groups, including religious organizations like churches, from endorsing candidates. “Free speech shouldn’t stop at the door of our churches, synagogues and places of worship,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the annual meeting

Comedian Kathy Griffin (C) cries during a news conference in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Understand What the Term “Shouting Fire in a Theater” Means Before You Use It

“Comedian Kathy Griffin has proverbially shouted ‘fire’ in a movie theater and now is distraught over the consequences,” the Grand Forks Herald editorial states today. It’s a good editorial overall, skewering Griffin for playing the victim amid recent controversy, but I have to take exception to one part of the argument the editorial makes. The whole

Fardoso Mohamed talks Monday, March 20, 2017, in Moorhead about how another customer harassed her and shouted at her to remove her hijab when she went grocery shopping Saturday. Forum file photo.

It’s Not a Crime to Be a Jerk

UPDATE: The original headline to this post used a profane word I felt accurately described this man’s behavior. I’ve changed it to something less apt, but also less profane, at the request of my bosses at Forum Communications. There was an ugly incident alleged in Moorhead recently which saw a man at a grocery store

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., attends a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, to discuss the role of Backpage.com in facilitating sex trafficking. Photo courtesy of Heitkamp's office

Senator Heitkamp Joins Other Democrats in Attack on Private Donations to Political Causes

News is that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is joining with Montana Senator Jon Tester to support the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits (SUN) Act. This legislation, if passed, would force political nonprofits to disclose any donors who make tax-exempt contributions over the amount of $5,000. According to Senator Heitkamp, people shouldn’t just get to run around spending their

Demonstrators break a shop window during a protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States in Portland, Ore., Nov. 11, 2016. REUTERS/William Gagan

Liberal Intolerance for Conservative Ideas Is Inspiring Violence

Left wing protests aimed at blocking a speech by libertarian sociologist Charles Murray turned violent late last week. Not only did organized protesters shout down his speech, but afterward a mob of protesters attacked both Murray and Middlebury professor Allison Stanger. The latter is actually a political liberal, and a critic of Murray’s, who was scheduled

State Rep. Rick Becker speaks in favor of his legislation to outlaw "safe spaces" on North Dakota college campuses.

Video: Legislation Banning “Safe Spaces” on North Dakota Campuses Passes State House

HB1329, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, got a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Education Committee. But when the bill came to the floor the full House overturned the committee’s recommendation and passed it on a 65-25 vote. You can read the text of the legislation here. It’s a little complicated, but

The Left Condones Violence Because They Think They’re Fighting Evil

Violence and intimidation have become hallmarks of left wing politics in America. Trump’s election was met with days of violent rioting. His inauguration saw more violence in the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere. Left wing #NoDAPL groups pursued the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s case against the Dakota Access Pipeline with acts of violence. The

A man is arrested by North Dakota Law Enforcement during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Anti-Mask Law Aimed at #NoDAPL Riots Is Understandable but Still Silly

Over the last year, as riotous extremists descended on North Dakota to sow violence and discord as a means to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, it became not at all unusual to see photos of said extremists wearing masks covering their face. North Dakota lawmakers want to make that act – wearing a mask during

Jack Russell Weinstein, a UND philosophy professor of 16 years, was recently included on ProfessorWatchList.org which seeks to collect "specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls."

Professor Watch Lists Are Dumb, but Don’t Ignore Academia’s Hostility to Right-of-Center Thinking

In an editorial today the Grand Forks Herald rightly denounces ProfessorWatchlist.org, a database which seeks to collect “specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” What occasioned the Herald’s reaction was the inclusion of a professor of philosophy from the University of North Dakota on the list. “A huge reason why so

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