Is a Major Conservative Voice in America About to Be Silenced?

Bob Eschliman
Charisma News

What would the world be like for American conservatives if Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Dave Ramsey were suddenly no longer on the airwaves?

Sadly, we just might be about the find out following the First Quarter 2017 report announced Thursday by iHeartMedia, formerly known as Clear Channel Communications. After warning investors it would include the dreaded “going concern language”—a sign that company questions whether or not it will be able continue in the immediate future—the troubled media giant offered a very bleak outlook, indeed. Continue reading

Rollins College Suspends Student After He Challenged Radical Muslim Hate Speech

Jacob Engels
Central Florida Post

Not even a year after Radical Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Rollins College officials are punishing a Christian Conservative student who challenged a liberal Muslim professor and radicalized Muslim student during a conversation on the application of Sharia Law.

Marshall Polston confirmed to the Central Florida Post that Professor Areeje Zufari, who teaches a “Muslim Humanities” course at Rollins, has made outlandish claims against him and even filed a false police report.

Early on in the class, Polston said he realized the professor was harboring Anti-Christian beliefs, demonstrated by the professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd. I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.” Continue reading

Bible reading not allowed before class, professor tells student

FOX News

It’s apparently okay to read history books at Northern Arizona University, but not the Good Book.

Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class.

Holden alleges that Professor Heather Martel ordered him to put away the Good Book around six minutes before a scheduled history class. It’s unclear why she objected to the reading of God’s Word.  Continue reading

75-Year-Old Vet Acquitted for Illegally Hanging Napkin-Sized Flags at West LA Veterans Affairs Office

Rosebrock was cited on Memorial Day 2016 for allegedly displaying two napkin-sized American flags on a fence near the entrance to the Veterans Park.

NBC Los Angeles

A 75-year-old military veteran was acquitted Tuesday of illegally hanging an American flag on the fence of a Veterans Affairs facility in West Los Angeles without permission.

The federal misdemeanor count against Robert Rosebrock stems from a VA statute that prohibits the posting of materials or “placards” on a VA property except when authorized by the head of the facility.

Rosebrock was cited on Memorial Day 2016 for allegedly displaying two napkin-sized American flags on a fence adjacent to the “Great Lawn Gate” entrance to the Veterans Park. He and fellow veterans have been assembling at the site nearly every Sunday and Memorial Day for the past nine years to protest what they believe is the VA’s failure to make full use of the expansive property for the benefit and care of veterans, particularly homeless veterans.

At the conclusion of a bench trial, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim found Rosebrock not guilty of the violation, which carries a maximum six-month prison sentence. The judge concluded that no evidence was presented showing Rosebrock lacked permission to post the flags or that Rosebrock had displayed them in the first place.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment.

Homeless activist Ted Hayes, dressed as Uncle Sam in a red, white and blue outfit, joined about two-dozen observers in Kim’s courtroom in downtown Los Angeles. Military veteran Gene Simes, national chairman of a Rochester, New York-based veterans advocacy group, stood in uniform at attention with a folded flag under his arm during the proceeding.

The gallery burst into applause at the judge’s ruling.

Rosebrock said outside court that he was “honored that the flag was exonerated — and for once the veterans got a victory.”

Rosebrock initially faced two additional counts for allegedly taking unauthorized photos of a VA police officer at the VA’s Great Lawn Gate without permission.

However, in a pretrial decision, Kim ruled that the regulation, as applied to the Great Lawn, was not reasonable under even the most lenient First Amendment standard.

The VA argued that the statute was necessary to guard against invasive and distracting media activities and to protect veterans’ privacy. But the court rejected that claim, finding that if the VA wanted to protect veterans’ privacy, it would ban all photography, not just photography for news, commercial or advertising purposes.

Clemson University Requires All Freshman to Take New Social Justice Course

Ian Miles Cheong
Heat Street

Clemson University is ramping up efforts to push a social justice agenda on campus. Following a new “diversity education” program for faculty members, the university has now announced plans to create a similar mandatory course for freshmen.

Chief Diversity Officer Lee Gill detailed the effort in a campus-wide email Monday (attained by Campus Reform). “Our student body and faculty continues to become more diverse and the university has taken steps to transparently share its complex history, increased financial resources and improved facilities have been made available to better serve our under-represented student communities,” he wrote. “The university is also providing additional staff training and of course instruction for students regarding diversity and inclusion.” Continue reading

Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms

Glen Greenwald
The Intercept

IN FEBRUARY, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the “enemy of the people,” the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

What made Pompeo’s overt threats of repression so palatable to many was that they were not directed at CNN, the New York Times or other beloved-in-D.C. outlets, but rather at WikiLeaks, more marginalized publishers of information, and various leakers and whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Continue reading

Facebook’s new guide to spotting fake news

Adam Garrie
Duran

Facebook’s war against common sense continues.

Facebook has been spamming  alerting users about how to spot fake news or ‘false news’ as they call it. It’s an insult to most people’s intelligence, but for the sake up absolute clarity, I thought I’d go through each ‘helpful’ tip one step at a time. Continue reading

Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news

AP

Germany‘s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news.

Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Cabinet agreed on rules that would impose fines of up to 50 million euros (53.4 million dollars) on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said that the companies offering such online platforms are responsible for removing hateful content. He said the new bill would not restrict the freedom of expression, but intervene only when criminal hatred or intentionally false news are posted.

Germany poses a particular problem for U.S.-owned social networking sites accustomed to American standards of free speech. Due to its Nazi past, Germany bans public Holocaust denial and any overt promotion of racism. The issue has come to the fore amid the recent influx of migrants to Germany, which has sparked a backlash among some Germans including a rise in online vitriol.

Social networks need to ensure that obviously criminal content — as defined by German law — will be deleted within 24 hours and other illegal content after seven days.

“Just like on the streets, there is also no room for criminal incitement on social networks,” Maas said.

“The internet affects the culture of debate and the atmosphere in our society. Verbal radicalization is often a preliminary stage to physical violence,” he added.

The minister pointed out that social networks don’t delete enough punishable content, citing research that he said showed Twitter deletes just 1 percent of illegal content flagged by users, while Facebook deletes 39 percent.

Maas also said that measures to combat hate speech and so-called fake news will ultimately have to be taken at the European level to be effective.

The bill still needs parliamentary approval.

Student has grade docked for using ‘mankind’ in English paper

Shanna Nelson
Campus Reform

A Northern Arizona University student lost credit on an English paper for using the word “mankind” instead of a gender-neutral alternative.

Cailin Jeffers, an English major at NAU, told Campus Reform that she received an email from one of her professors, Dr. Anne Scott, informing her that she had been docked one point out of a possible 50 on a recent paper for “problems with diction (word choice)” related to her use of the word “mankind” as a synonym for “humanity.” Continue reading

T-Mobile Accused of Waging ‘War on Prayer’ Over Extra Fee Charges

Samuel Smith
Christian Post

Thousands of believers are realizing they’re being charged extra by one of the nation’s leading wireless service providers for participating in prayer line conference calls after a new policy was instituted last year.

In October, T-Mobile announced a new policy in which it charges customers $0.01 per minute on top of what they already pay in their monthly service plans when they call “out-of-plan numbers.” According to the organization, out-of-plan numbers include chat lines, radio broadcast lines and similar services. The company said it charges the fee because “out-of-plan calls tend to cost more for T-Mobile to complete.”

Because of the new plan, people of all faiths who participate in daily prayer calls organized by various groups and organizations, some of which operate 24/7, are seeing the $0.01 per minute add up in their bills. Additionally, many are having to cut back on the prayer calls they participate in because of the charges.

Freedom to Pray, a nonprofit organization launched last month, is advocating on behalf of T-Mobile customers who have been forced to end or limit their participation and prayer calls because of T-Mobile’s new chages.

One service that has been affected by the new policy is FreeConferenceCall.com, which is used by thousands of people to access prayer lines. According to a press release, over 20,000 T-Mobile customers have participated in prayer calls since the policy was instituted and hundreds have had to give up their participation in the prayer lines because of the new policy.

Many T-Mobile users have voiced their disapproval of the policy through social media.

Although T-Mobile’s policy applies to conference calls, not just prayer lines, activists are saying that T-Mobile seems to be “targeting” faith-based prayer line calls because many of the prayer lines operate continuously or for hours at a time.

“When you got a 24/7 prayer line going, it’s obvious that it is going to take more of the T-Mobile minutes, whereas you have a corporation who is just giving a quick call or a meeting planning time or reporting earnings or whatever, that is not something that is consistent on every day of every week and every hour of every day,” Kay Horner, the executive director of the Tennessee-based The Helper Connection & Awakening America Alliance, told The Christian Post.

“They appear to be targeting the faith-based prayer lines,” she added.

The Helper Connection & Awakening America Alliance is an organization that not only participates in prayer lines but also mobilizes and encourages people across the nation to join in prayer efforts. Horner explained that many ministries throughout the world use prayer lines to train, resource, equip and mobilize “hundreds of thousands of people across the nation for community and nationwide prayer.”

“It’s more than just a penny-per-minute. If you look at it from a Christian perspective, I think it is a subversive attack of the enemy to hinder prayer on a large scale across the nation,” Horner asserted. “Sure, there has got to be some corporate initiative there, there has got to be profit-making motivation. We pray that the Lord will touch the T-Mobile people and change their attitude and perspective.”

“Essentially, if they can get away with it, what is to stop AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and the other providers from doing the same thing?” Horner asked. “It really hinders freedom of speech and freedom of religion because we are already paying for our phone service. But to access a free conference line to pray, they are actually charging us more.”

Freedom to Pray has launched a petition online that calls for T-Mobile to stop its policy of charging users to use prayer lines.

“The right to pray for free is under attack by T-Mobile,” the petition states. “Despite its aggressive advertising campaign — including Super Bowl spots — positioning the company as the #Uncarrier for offering the ‘first unlimited subscription’ void of surcharges, bogus fees and assorted taxes, the mobile conglomerate is waging a war on prayer.”

David Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and chairman of the board for the National Day of Prayer, said in a statement that the T-Mobile policy is nothing more than a “grab for money.”

“I am appalled by this absolute grab for money over people’s freedom to pray via phone,” Butts said in a statement. “I look at this as T-Mobile wanting to profit off of prayer, literally inhibiting people’s right to pray freely. Somehow corporate executives who are all about the bottom line are looking for ways to infringe on people’s rights to worship. I really do see it as a war on prayer.”

The Christian Post reached out to T-Mobile to comment on the claims that it’s targeting prayer lines in its enforcement of the new policy. No comment was received by press time.