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In Defense of Student Commencement Protesters

graduation Has America entered a Bizarro world in which money equals speech but speech itself gets labeled intimidation?

That’s not a far-fetched conclusion to draw in a political culture that has unleashed campaign spending and given it First Amendment protection while at the same time branding the supposed free speech of college students as bullying, tyranny, censorship, and intolerance.

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“Freedom for the thought that we hate”

westboro Nil nisi bonum de mortuis. “Speak only good of the dead.” Generally, that’s a sound maxim. But what if the dead person is the Reverend Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 85?

Never heard of Rev. Phelps? His Westboro Baptist Church has a website where you can read all about him.

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“The Lottery” – Banned in Texas

booksBecause I live in Houston, I sometimes forget that I live in Texas. Houston is liberal; the city has an openly lesbian mayor. Houston is diverse; it is a majority-minority city. Houston is multicultural; I can go to the local supermarket and see women wearing burkas and even veils.

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Crying “Wolf!” on Gay Marriage

Ted Cruz In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rehashed the charge that legalizing gay marriage could lead to Christian pastors being “forced” to perform gay nuptials and prosecuted for “hate speech” if they dare to take a literal reading of certain Bible passages on marriage and homosexuality.

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“Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me”

President Obama Denise Graveline, whose The Eloquent Woman blog is one of the best resources for notable material about women and public speaking technique, has done us a favour by looking in some detail at the words of President Obama on Trayvon Martin.

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America: Armed and Dangerous

Guns …the heat over the original intent of the 2nd Amendment and its relevance to life in 21st Century America has not cooled. Public debate over guns, gun ownership and gun control, when it occurs, rarely approaches rational…

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Truce on Gay Marriage?

Rainbow Flag Earlier this month, the voters of Maine, Maryland and Washington voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is now the law in nine states and the District of Columbia. That leaves 30 states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

But public attitudes on this issue are evolving rapidly. Recent polls show that American people as a whole support gay marriage by a slender majority. Among Americans under 30, the majority is two-to-one. So what happens next?

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A Conversation with the Chief Justice

Chief Justice John Roberts John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, was in Houston yesterday to help Rice University conclude its centennial celebrations. His appearance was billed as “A Conversation with the Chief Justice,” and a conversation was just what it turned out to be.

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