Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
Want to know how to terrorize a terrorist? Read the 45 words of the First Amendment – preferably aloud. Or simply go out to a cafe in Paris for a relaxed evening of conversation, free of government or despotic controls on your opinions, your music or your ideas. ISIS can’t handle that.
Newseum Institute & PEN America
Last week, Susan Glasser of Politico moderated a discussion with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Raddack of the Whistleblower & Source Protection Program at ExposeFacts, and New York Times reporter James Risen. Edward Snowden joined the event from Russia via video chat.
Author and law professor Catherine Ross discusses her new book which explores the state of free speech for students in America’s public schools. The book documents an increasing clamp-down on speech even off-campus, and explores how even well-intentioned efforts against bullying and hate speech violate students’ rights.
Peter Scheer, Huffington Post
The terrorist attacks in Paris, for all their horror and barbarity, are a clarifying event. Freedom of speech, we can all see, is the ultimate soft target, as vulnerable as it is precious.
Michelle Goldberg, Slate
Last week, The Young Turks and the Newseum Institute assembled a panel to discuss media coverage of the 2016 presidential election for millennials.
M.D. Kittle, Watchdog
The world’s sense of security may have taken another brutal beating from conscienceless terrorists, but free speech is alive and well.
S.A. Miller, The Washington Times
Rep. Keith Ellison, who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, on Wednesday cited the Constitution’s protection of freedom of religion to blast his colleagues’ proposals to allow Christian Syrian refugees into the U.S. refugees but not Muslims refugees from that country.
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he’d set up an agency with a “mandate” to promote what he calls “Judeo-Christian values” overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.