Rise to the Moment of Truth Saturday, February 24, 2024

Tag: FREE SPEECH

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Joey Clark: An American hero in Moscow

It is a tragically unsurprising reflection of the United States today that an American hero who gave one of the most courageous displays of resistance to tyranny in recent memory is no longer welcome in America but must live the rest of his days as a Russian citizen in Moscow.

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Talmadge Butts: Don’t tread on memes – Douglass Mackey and free speech in America

Douglass Mackey began posting about politics and his support for Trump via a pseudonymous Twitter account. Today, however, he is facing seven months in federal prison and a hefty fine.

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Katrinnah Darden: Colleges must teach free speech in both word and action if this basic freedom is to survive

The ability to tolerate ideas different from one’s own is a virtue that each generation must learn. It does not come naturally. Unfortunately, today’s higher education establishments are failing to impart this skill.

Chilling Effect Alabama News
Phil Williams: 'The Big Chill'

We cannot become the dog that fears the mere possibility of the shock even when the power is off. Know your rights.

Auburn University Alabama News
Auburn second in 2024 national free speech rankings

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression and College Pulse released the fourth annual College Free Speech Rankings, ranking the free speech cultures of 248 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses in order from best (Michigan Technological University) to worst (Harvard University) on Tuesday.

Troy University Alabama News
Troy responds to backlash from free speech watchdog over attempt to vet research at behest of Alabama Power, BCA — University admits no wrongdoing

Troy University responded to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) regarding leaked emails showing Troy trustees attempting to vet research at a free-market think tank on behalf of Alabama’s business elite.

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Troy, Alabama A&M receive poor ‘red’ rating from campus free speech advocacy group

Nonprofit civil liberties group the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) rated two public four-year schools in Alabama "red" for having some of the most restrictive speech codes in the country.

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Matt Clark: Trump’s arraignment and UAH’s speech code

Two very significant events happened this week: Donald Trump was arraigned in New York City, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) substantially revised its speech code.

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Alabama Center for Law and Liberty joins Alliance Defending Freedom in lawsuit over UAH campus speech policy

The Center for Law and Liberty is teaming up with the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom to battle a free speech policy at the University of Alabama Huntsville that some have deemed a violation of the Alabama Constitution.

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Matt Clark: Free speech and the Twitter Files

Over the last two weeks, journalists have been releasing various segments of “The Twitter Files” with Elon Musk’s approval. The content is shocking but not surprising. It confirms what conservatives have known for years: Big tech actively censors us because of its leftist leanings. 

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Stephanie Holden Smith: The right to be wrong

In 2019, the Alabama Campus Free Speech bill was proposed and passed by the Alabama Legislature. Then-State Representative Matt Fridy’s bill was developed by Eagle Forum of Alabama, endorsed by state and national organizations, and was widely praised by many defenders of the First Amendment.

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Randy Tatano: The return of free speech?

So when Elon Musk bought Twitter, I decided to rejoin the platform. While I had no idea what he would do to the company, there was a clear indicator that things would change for the better.

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Auburn professor awarded over $600K in damages after conflict with university over football players harbored in single major

An Auburn University professor was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after being removed as chair of his department for speaking out about the school’s athletic programs’ involvement in academics. 

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Alabama Supreme Court reverses earlier dismissal of UAH free speech lawsuit

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday to allow a free speech lawsuit to proceed by a Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student-member Joshua Greer against the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). 

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Amie Beth Shaver: Free speech means free speech

No matter how evil, all speech is protected by the Constitution.

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Amie Beth Shaver: Do we believe in free speech?

Are we willing to use our freedom of speech, to tell the truth, even if that truth is costly?

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Alabama Supreme Court hears oral arguments in campus free speech lawsuit

The Alabama Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday regarding a free speech lawsuit that could challenge the limits of free speech on all Alabama campuses.

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Arthur Orr: Campus free speech is a matter of statewide importance, not politics

Public colleges and universities should be free and open to the exchange of ideas—places where our future teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, community leaders and voters can exercise their constitutionally-protected freedom of speech.

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White House pauses plans to create a “Ministry of Truth”

The White House has paused plans by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ to create a “Disinformation Governance Board,” was to be headed by Executive Director Nina Jankowicz.