Tag Archives: free speech

There Is No Other Word for This Than Censorship

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead have censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum. The cost of the speech was $7,080. A vote of

Members of white nationalists clash against a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

You Don’t Have to Agree With Speech to Believe It Should Be Protected

When I was an elementary school kid I got in trouble for fighting with another boy on the playground during recess. I felt my cause was righteous. The boy had been picking on me, then shoved me to the ground, so I gave him a poke in the nose as retribution. Needless to say, we

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


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