Pakistani Government Warns Media Not To Cover Valentine’s Day As An Offense To Islam

240px-Antique_Valentine_1909_01Pakistan continues to show the world that it remains on the course of Islamic extremism and increasingly intolerant of free exercise and free speech.  Now the Pakistani government is warning media not to cover the increasingly popular Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Islamic clerics have declared the Western holiday to be an offense to Islam.  None of these clerics or government officials appear concerned that there is a far greater danger to Islam if it is threatened by people wanting to exchange Valentines or throwing parties.

 

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O Canada: Trudeau Corrects Woman In Public Forum For Using The Term “Mankind”

Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.43.14 AM.pngWe have been discussing the identification of words as “microaggressions” on college campuses including the now suspect use of the word “mankind.” It appears that the word is moving from micro to macro aggression in Canada where a women was told by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that she should not use the word in her question to him.  He is not alone in correcting such usage.  Recently, a female student was given a lower grade for using “mankind” in a paper.

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Iranian Activist Challenges Western “Barbie” Feminism As Veil Protests Continue In Iran

 

download-5We have previously discussed the courage of women in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other Muslim nations in fighting sexist rules that prevent them from engaging in basic acts or pursuing their own futures.  As I have said before, these women are the most inspiring civil libertarians of our generation — risking jail and beatings to fight for equality.  That struggle is evident in the dozens of arrests of women in Iran who are pulling off their headscarves in public in Iran to fight for the individual choice in wearing the religious cover.  One activist Masih Alinejab has gone further to denounce Western feminists and reporters who celebrate the selling of a Barbie doll with a veil while giving minimal attention to actual women fighting the mandatory wearing of such items.

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Stanford Debates Free Speech After Flyers Supporting Law Enforcement Are Torn Down As Hate Speech

ANTI-ICEPRO-ICEAccording to Stanford University students, one of these flyers is a public service and one is hate speech.  There is a controversy at Stanford University reported by College Fix over the distribution of the flyer on the right — a satirical jab at posters encouraging students and faculty to report any ICE activity.  It is clearly satirical and political, but some Stanford students declared it to be hate speech and filed complaints with the university that they now felt unsafe and threatened on campus. The flyers were removed by residential staff. 

 

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Two Fans In New Zealand Are Sued Under New Law For Encouraging Singer Lorde Not To Do Israeli Concert

250px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg660px-flag_of_israelsvgWe recently discussed the striking down of one of the state laws barring contractors who support the boycotting of Israel.  In New Zealand, however, a similar law is in effect and a pro-Israel group is suing two people for simply encouraging pop singer Lorde not to hold a planned concert in Israel.  The lawsuit demonstrates the danger to free speech in these laws, which seeks to punish people for their political views, association, and speech.  As many on this blog know, I generally oppose any laws that curtail free speech and view the solution to bad speech to be better speech — not criminalized speech.  This has nothing to do the merits of the boycotts; only the means used to oppose such views.  I have not problem with fans or promoters suing Lorde over a cancelled concert if they lost money.  This goes to the right of people to boycott a country due to their personal or political views.

 

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Federal Court Strikes Down Kansas Law Against Israeli Boycotters

download660px-flag_of_israelsvg1A District Court judge in Kansas has handed down a major free speech victory this week in striking down the state law requiring all state contractors “to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.” We have previously discussed these laws and my view that they impinge upon the first amendment.  The laws include making victims of natural disasters attest that they do not support a boycott of Israel as well as similar bans on student groups.  Now the Kansas law has been struck down as a denial of free speech by District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree.  It is the Koontz case that we previously discussed.

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Poland Moves To Criminalize Claims Of Polish Culpability In Nazi War Crimes

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