Category Archives: freedom of expression

Seattle police acting as enablers of Antifa

I guess I’m supposed to issue a disclaimer when I use material from  right-wing sites, but not from left-wing ones. However, we should judge material on its credibility, not its source. So here’s a report from the right-wing site RedState that happens to comport with stuff I’ve heard from other sites and other people (click on screenshot). […]

A new FIRE survey on freedom of speech in American colleges: mostly good news

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a new report on speech codes on American campuses, highlighting the changes over the last few years (click on screenshot below to see it). The arc of free speech is bending in the right direction! In this year’s survey, FIRE looked at the speech policies of […]

Canada repeals its blasphemy law

Thanks to several humanist groups, the Canadian blasphemy law, which hasn’t been much used, has just been repealed. As reported by Humanists UK, the bill passed the Canadian Parliament two days ago and now “awaits royal assent”. (Those ties to the UK still irk me. Why the hell does the Queen have to certify this?) […]

More free speech kerfuffle at Williams College, a school on the road to becoming Evergreen State

Williams College, a very prestigious school in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is currently in the throes of a debate about free speech. In this case the professors (not all of them, but many) want Williams to adopt the Chicago Principles of Free Expression (the “Chicago Principles”). The students, however, don’t want any stinking principles; they want endless […]

Twitter, like WordPress, acts as Pakistan’s censor of “anti Muslim sentiments”

Ensaif Haidar is a Saudi Arabian human rights activist who is married to Raif Badawi, a Saudi dissident who has been sitting in prison for six years for “apostasy” and “insulting Islam through electronic channels.” Badawi’s sentence was ten years, a fine, and 1000 lashes, although only 50 lashes were given. (Haidar says that his […]

UC Berkeley loses lawsuit over its policy of charging right-wing groups more money for security

According to the Daily Californian and the Los Angeles Times, the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) has just settled a free-speech lawsuit involving discrimination against student groups that brought in conservative speakers. Click on screenshot below to see the Daily Cal piece (that’s the UCB student paper): The first speakers at issue were Ann Coulter, […]

CNN op-ed attacks free speech

Free speech is under attack from all directions these days, including from a lot of colleges and now the media, or at least in an op-ed on CNN. I didn’t know CNN did editorials or op-eds, which shows that I haven’t been paying attention. And of course they have a right to do that, so […]

A Williams College professor describes her school’s fight against free speech

I’ve recently heard from Dr. Luana Maroja, an evolutionary biologist at Williams College who is an associate professor of biology as well as chair of the biochemistry program. Luana wanted to describe some of the opposition she and others have faced at Williams College in trying to get it to adopt the Chicago Principles, my university’s […]

More about the Austrian “pedophile prophet” case

Yesterday I reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that an Austrian woman, by teaching that the prophet Muhammad had married a six-year-old wife (Aisha), and then consummated the marriage three years later, had engaged in defamation of religion in a way that hurt religious sentiments. The ECHR was upholding two Austrian […]

U of C President Zimmer speaks on free expression at universities, criticizes the “comfort ethic” that infantilizes students by trying not to make them uncomfortable. Meanwhile, our students demand infantilization.

Below is a video of University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer speaking on “Universities, Education, and Free Expression” at the City Club of Cleveland on October 3. The video is an hour long, but Zimmer’s talk is from 4:25 to 27:54 with an intro and the last half hour being Q&A. Although Zimmer is not […]