Stop University Inquisition Against Pro-Marriage, Pro-Children’s Rights Professor

Nov 18, 2015 by

From NOM: Robert Oscar Lopez is a tenured professor at California State University, Northridge, raised by lesbian parents, who has become an outspoken supporter of marriage and the inherent rights of children to know and be loved by their own mother and father. His is the rare voice in academia willing to speak up for marriage and the rights of children. This has made him a ferocious target of gay and lesbian activists bent on silencing him. Unless we act today to stop these activists, Professor Lopez could face drastic punishment simply for facilitating a discussion about the rights of children in marriage and family relationships. The taxpayer-funded university where Professor Lopez teaches launched an inquisition against him, claiming he retaliated against students who complained of alleged “anti-gay” and “anti-women” discrimination after voluntarily attending a conference he helped organized at the Reagan Library. The conference was called, “Bonds that...

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Selective Outrage on Campus

Nov 13, 2015 by

By Alan M Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute: Following the forced resignations of the President and Provost of the University of Missouri, demonstrations against campus administrators has spread across the country. Students — many of whom are Black, gay, transgender and Muslim — claim that they feel “unsafe” as the result of what they call “white privilege” or sometimes simply privilege. “Check your privilege” has become the put-down du jour. Students insist on being protected by campus administrators from “micro-aggressions,” meaning unintended statements inside and outside the classroom that demonstrate subtle insensitivities towards minority students. They insist on being safe from hostile or politically incorrect ideas. They demand “trigger warnings” before sensitive issues are discussed or assigned. They want to own the narrative and keep other points of view from upsetting them or making them feel unsafe. These current manifestations of a widespread culture of victimization and grievance are only the...

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Defend Academic Freedom and Dr Robert Oscar Lopez

Nov 6, 2015 by

SIGN PETITION HERE Dr Robert Oscar Lopez, founder of English Manif and COGwatch, is being hounded out of his academic post at University of California by LGBTs because of his activism for family, marriage and children’s rights. They have concocted complaints of the flimsiest nature in order to pursue this shameful victimization of Dr Robert Oscar Lopez, Associate Professor of English Literature. They have even resorted to lies. Dr Lopez has committed no breach of his contract, but is being bullied by those outside the university who are interfering with its concerns in order to impose a single ideology on the entire university system and indeed on the world. This is an attack on intellectual and moral freedom. Dr Lopez has defended himself with a lawyer but the danger is that the university will now dismiss him simply to stop the endless harassment from activists who are unfairly targeting him. The activists who have stirred...

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The “Islamic Inquisition” and the Blasphemy Police

Oct 13, 2015 by

By Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute: Ten years ago, one of the editors of a Danish newspaper called Jyllands-Posten had heard that that no cartoonist in Denmark would depict Islam’s prophet for a set of children’s books on the major world religions. Did such self-censorship really exist in modern Denmark? He sought to find out. So he published a spread of twelve cartoons intended to depict the founder of Islam. Attacks on the newspaper followed — the most outspoken attempt at enforcing censorship since the death threats against Salman Rushdie for his novel, The Satanic Verses, in 1988, and the murder of Theo van Gogh for his film, Submission, in 2004. The knife in van Gogh’s back also went through a note demanding death threats for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Dutch MP at the time, and the Dutch MP, Geert Wilders. Some of the cartoons printed by Jyllands-Posten led to...

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Cameron, The High Priest of Mistrust

Sep 18, 2015 by

By Tim Black, Spiked: For far too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens that as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.’ So said UK prime minister David Cameron when announcing the government’s latest counterterrorism strategy in May. It was an ominous sentiment. This government will not leave you alone, he was saying: there will be no freedom from the state, no space in which people are at liberty to pursue their lives within the confines of the law. The state will always be there, watching, monitoring, checking. If you wanted evidence of how little separates Cameron from his New Labour predecessors, it is right there, in the anti-liberal impulse informing his counterterror policymaking. Given all this, given the government’s unabashed mistrust of citizens, its conviction that tolerance...

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I worry our government is making V for Vendetta come true

Aug 16, 2015 by

By Paul Nizinskyj, Conservative Home: “I remember [Friedrich] Hayek telling me that Brits thought you only had totalitarian dangers if people wore funny uniforms and funny salutes. He said they don’t understand that a man in a tweed suit can be as vicious as any Gestapo officer.” Peter Clarke, Political Secretary to Enoch Powell (1972-75), 2007 “The whole power of the aggressor depends upon preventing people from seeing what is happening and from saying what they see.” Enoch Powell, 1970 I used to think a totalitarian Britain, should such a horror ever occur, would most likely look something like IngSoc (Newspeak for English Socialism) from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four; socialism’s reliance on coercion to enforce its aims meant it seemed logical to me that a movement which sought to control people’s thoughts and actions would be spawned by the Left. By the same token, it irritated me that in the...

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