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Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech

Article by Leonard Peikoff | 1989

The following article appeared as an advertisement in The New York Times in 1989. Ayatollah Khomeni's attack on Salman Rushdie and his publishers represents religious terrorism. Americans oppose the Ayatollah's death-decree, but our government is doing nothing to combat it. President


Free Speech on Campus

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Feb 2005

Because the comments he made shortly after September 11 have come to light, obscene comments in which he vilifies the World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns" and lauds their killers as "humanitarians," Professor Ward Churchill has resigned as chairman of the University of Colorado's ethnics


McCutcheon v. FEC: Free Speech for Me or Free Speech for We?

Blog Steve Simpson | Apr 2014

In recent years, the Supreme Court has issued a spate of generally good campaign finance decisions that move steadily closer to treating free speech the way it should be treated — as an individual right. Last week’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which struck down so-called “aggregate” contribution limits, is the latest example.


The Fear to Speak Comes to America’s Shores

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Apr 2006

Europeans are all too well acquainted with the fear of criticizing Islam. To cite just a few of depressingly many examples: a painter, Rashid Ben Ali, is forced into hiding after one of his shows "featured satirical work critical of Islamic militant's violence"; a politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, must


The Twilight of Freedom of Speech

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Feb 2006

To fathom our government’s contemptible treatment of a handful of unbowed journalists, you must see the roots of that treatment in the moral ideal Christianity bequeathed the West. In the face of the intimidation and murder of European authors, film makers and politicians by Islamic militants, a few


Blacklists Are Not Censorship

OPED by Tom Bowden | Mar 1999

The honorary Oscar given to Elia Kazan has generated renewed sympathy for the writers, directors, and actors whose membership in the Communist Party--revealed in the 1940s and 1950s by courageous witnesses such as Kazan--landed them on movie studio blacklists. Such blacklists, it is said, are a form


A Liberal Ayn Rand?

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Nov 2012

It's no secret that the right is awash in Ayn Rand. Tea Partiers carry signs like "Who is John Galt?" and, astonishing for a novel published 55 years ago, sales of Atlas Shrugged topped 445,000 last year. All of this has prompted researchers like Yale historian Beverly Gage to wonder, "Why is there


Campaign Finance Reform Attacks Victims of Corruption

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Dec 2003

In upholding the major provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, the Supreme Court has openly declared that it is legitimate to curtail freedom of speech "marginally" in order to fight government corruption. But the sad reality is that the new laws not only fail to confront the source


Our self-crippled policy encouraged the deadly embassy attacks

OPED by Elan Journo | Sep 2012

The murders of American diplomatic and military personnel in Libya underscore the consequences of America’s longstanding failure to uphold the rights of Americans to live and speak their minds in the face of the Islamist threat. For decades, U.S. policymakers have refused to recognize the


Draw Mohammad, risk your life?

Blog Elan Journo | Oct 2010

Molly Norris was a cartoonist for the Seattle Weekly, and although she’s still alive, she’s gone “ghost”: leaving her job, moving, changing her name, and essentially erasing any traces of her identity. For fear of her life.