Student Fights Back After School Official And 3 Armed Campus Police Stop Her From Displaying These Signs

A Texas college student filed a First Amendment lawsuit against her school last week after she was told she would need “special permission” to collect signatures for a new student organization and display her conservative-leaning signs.

Fox News reported that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is aiding student Nicole Sanders in a lawsuit against Blinn College, a community college located about 75 miles west of Houston in Brenham, Texas.

Sanders’ lawsuit challenges Blinn’s policy of restricting expression to a “Free Speech Area” (seen below) unless one obtains a permit, which entails going through a lengthy process, according to the lawsuit.

The Blinn student wanted to distribute a small card to students explaining constitutional rights, as she was trying to start a Young Americans for Liberty (YAF) chapter on campus.

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The 24-year-old student was also prohibited from displaying the two signs below–except in the pre-designated area. One reads “Defend Gun Rights On Campus,” and another reads “LOL,” with the ‘O’ as the Obama campaign logo.

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From Fox News:

Sanders claims a college official accompanied by three armed campus police officers approached and said someone had complained that their display was offensive and that they wouldn’t be allowed to do it again unless they got ‘special permission.’

According to Sanders, the official added that it was unlikely such permission would be granted to advocate for gun rights.

“When you have to get a permit before you can speak, it shuts down ideas – everything gets censored through the administrators,” Sanders told Fox News.

“[P]ublic colleges like Blinn are bound by the First Amendment, which gives all citizens—including college students—the right to speak out on the issues they are passionate about, whether gun rights or gay rights,” FIRE associate director of litigation Catherine Sevcenko said in a statement.

“Blinn College thinks it’s acceptable to have a free speech zone that is the size of a parking spot. But the Constitution’s free speech zone is the size of the United States,” added Sevcenko. “This case is yet another example of college administrators trying to quarantine the First Amendment.”

The suit also asserts her ceramics professor, David Peck, tried to intimidate her into not suing the school.

Blinn spokesman Jeff Tilley told Fox News that the school is taking a look at its policies. “We certainly will take this opportunity to evaluate our policies as they are written and as they are applied by faculty and staff,” Tilley said.

We will evaluate whether any misunderstandings may have occurred. Because of our commitment to our students and to the law, we are confident that we will be able to resolve any concerns that have been raised.

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The Reason For This Marine’s Court-Martial Should Infuriate Every Christian

Burdened by the taint of a bad-conduct discharge, Monifa Sterling — who was once a lance corporal in the United States Marines — says she is now unable to find work. Her life, her livelihood, and her reputation have been forever changed because of seven words printed in tiny font on a small strip of paper — seven words closely approximating a Bible verse that Sterling says she taped in three places on her work desk to give her strength as she performed her military duties.

The words that Monifa Sterling displayed on her desk at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” That’s essentially part of what’s found in Isaiah 54:17, which reads, in the King James version of the Bible: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

As Fox News reports, when Sterling refused an order from a staff sergeant to remove the strips of paper on which the seven words were printed, she was brought up on charges and convicted at a court-martial for engaging in conduct that the military ruled “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

At her trial in February 2014, Sterling represented herself, arguing that her First Amendment rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protected her expression of faith. She lost the argument; the court-martial found that others using the desk at which Sterling sat, as well as those passing by, could see the words and be made to feel uncomfortable. Sterling was punished with a bad-conduct discharge and reduction in rank from lance corporal to private.

As The Fox News report notes, even higher courts ruled against the Marine: “Both lower court and the appellate court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise.”

But Monifa Sterling’s battle to reclaim her reputation and her rank is not over. The attorney who recently won a Supreme Court victory for Hobby Lobby in its religious freedom fight against the Affordable Care Act has taken on Sterling’s case. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, along with legal counsel from the Liberty Institute, will argue that Sterling’s right to express her religious belief in a reasonable manner was violated by the military’s actions.

A constitutional law firm, Liberty Institute’s mission is described on its website: “to defend and restore religious liberty across America—in our schools, for our churches, inside the military, and throughout the public arena.” Todd Starnes of Fox News spoke with one of the lawyers for the organization, Hiram Sasser, who told Starnes:

“This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,” Sasser told me. “Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don’t think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.”

As Monifa Sterling’s case proceeds, it will be interesting to see if, in a legal sense, the slightly altered Bible verse she posted will prove prophetic: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

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Common Sense Doesn’t Need A Visa

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin’s recent combative remark, “tanks don’t need visas,” is what can be called an ‘overflow.’ They were easy words for him to say because the United States is only a threat as long as our oil is still flowing and our words are still considered solid. With our economy in the hands of the Chinese, and our nation overrun with and generally governed by selfish children, he felt comfortable in saying that. ‘Taking down America’ is probably a break room joke between Vladimir Putin and the rest of the boys. (Notice that he was not in the slightest censured for his remarks. That’s got to tell you something – or at least it should.)

There was a time, specifically November 18, 1956, when a Russian leader (Nikita Khrushchev), not one of his assistants, made the remark “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will dig you in.” Shortly after he’d said that, he was relieved of his duties. The Politburo didn’t want him running his mouth like that because they had a healthy respect for a mighty America. Nikita was from the old school – a school that has never been closed – and the lesson there is, “If I’m tough enough, I can take whatever you have.”*

So many in America today make fun of what used to be called the ‘Cold War.’ If you are looking to stand alone these days, just put forth the notion of socialism/communism taking over America. You’ll be laughed to scorn. Ridicule is the feared mace of political correctness, and any legitimate caution expressed regarding Marxism actually doing what it was designed to do – destroy our nation – is dismissed as paranoia and ‘McCarthyism.’ That misapplied term will shut up an ill-equipped conservative just like ‘Birther’ works perfectly in silencing anyone who would dare to bring up the fact of our own president’s mysterious origins.

Truly, the bludgeon of political correctness has closed a lot of mouths that might otherwise speak out against the madness that is happening all around us today in the West. Americans who are about the business of destroying us enjoy the luxury to do their work under the protection of the First Amendment. When you step on someone’s toes, they exercise their right to tell you to back off. And back off we have – without even using that same sanction to voice much-needed rebuttal.

Dmitri Rogozin went on to rightly observe what only a fool could ignore – namely that “(America’s) foundations will collapse under the onslaught of ISIS and gays.” Call him a prophet, but he simply expressed the sentiment of most of the onlooking world. We are just too blind or too stupid to face that fact. Our president, the Chair and Chief Spokesperson for America’s ‘Muslims ‘R’ Us,’ has been the principal force in engineering the total acceptance of the Trojan horse that most of our nation is currently welcoming and celebrating.

And, with the help of the liberal entertainment, news, and communication media, again, any patriots who try to draw attention to the now-opening belly of that horse – whether it is an Allen West, a Pam Geller, a Steve Crowder, a Western Journalism, me, or anyone else who refuses to applaud the Emperor’s new attire – represent the new McCarthyism. We are ‘the Birthers.’ We are labeled as whatever will best defuse any dire warning that needs to be broadcast – before it is too late. And it is now just shy of too late.

And most people have forgotten that the pen is mightier than the sword only as long as the sword protects the pen.

Putin, Rogozin, and the rest of the world that has its eyes open, in other words those who still remember the most simple lesson (*see above) taught by the most brutal teacher (historical EXPERIENCE), see an America blinded and lost to its own preferred distractions. A backbiting serpent is strong at the helm after two consecutive terms given him by politically correct revelers and lazy people who wouldn’t put down the remote long enough to get to the polls.

To quote John Wayne and a million other people who have kept godliness, perception, and common sense enthroned where it should be, “Some people won’t see the enemy for what it is until it comes up and bites them on the a**.” (This is where we are now finding ourselves.)

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Popular Clothing Store Displays This Shirt On Memorial Day, Customers Furious

Clothing retailer Pac Sun is feeling the heat after releasing a t-shirt that features an American flag displayed upside down. The shirt has caused many to call for a boycott to the chain.

USA Today reported Monday that the shirt was a collaboration between Pac Sun and rapper A$AP Rocky:  

Image credit: Imgur

Image credit: Imgur

According to U.S. law, “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

While the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech, some were clearly outraged at the shirt. A #BoycottPacSun movement started on Twitter Monday and continued Tuesday: 

Pac Sun capitulated to the protests of many Americans who expressed their disapproval of the shirt. The company released a statement on its Facebook page late Monday, Memorial Day, stating the shirt would be taken off its website and out of its stores:

As a retailer grounded in youth culture, PacSun values artistic and creative expression through the brands that we sell in our stores.

Out of respect for those who have put their lives on the line for our country, we have decided to stop selling the licensed flag t-shirt and are removing it from our stores and website immediately. We thank the men and women in uniform for their extraordinary service.

h/t: The Blaze

Are you going to boycott Pac Sun? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bobby Jindal Has A Bold Message For Those Trying To ‘Bully’ Him On Religious Freedom

After a Louisiana state house legislative committee refused to act on a measure to protect business owners who have religious objections to same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stepped in and issued an executive order on Tuesday to accomplish the same purpose.

Louisiana H.B. 707, which has now been taken off the legislative calendar, is designed to block the government from revoking licenses or tax or other state benefits from businesses because of the owners’ religious views concerning same-sex marriage.

LGBT advocates say the measure would sanction discrimination against same-sex couples.

As reported by Western Journalism, LGBT supporters, particularly in the business community, put Indiana and Arkansas in their crosshairs after the two state legislatures passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA).

At the request of the governors of both states, the legislatures changed the law to clarify that businesses could not discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation. RFRA laws, which are the law in 21 states and at the federal level, have never been used successfully as a defense by religious owners to deny anyone of service; but the LGBT supporters argue they potentially could.

As was the case in both Indiana and Arkansas, business leaders stepped in to argue H.B. 707, which builds on Louisiana’s RFRA passed in 2010, would hurt Louisiana’s economy. The Times-Picayune reports on testimony given before the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee on Tuesday:

Greater New Orleans Inc. CEO Michael Hecht and New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Stephen Perry talked about the millions of dollars in tax revenue the state would lose when businesses or events pulls out or choose not to locate in the state. Perry drew vague comparisons to hits taken in Indiana, which was the center of a media storm regarding its version of “religious freedom” legislation.

Bids for Super Bowls, final four tournaments and national championships may be lost, Perry said. He projected the loss in state tax revenue to be $65 million a year.

Hecht said Louisiana has enjoyed an “unprecedented economic renaissance” over the last eight years. “We’re beginning to convince the world Louisiana is a great place to business,” he said, but that success is “fragile. The perception of a discriminatory bill could threaten that.

“Companies feel it would make it harder to recruit workers to Louisiana,” he said.

When the House failed to act on H.B. 707 on Tuesday, Jindal issued the Marriage and Conscience Order. Citing the First Amendment (which was adopted word-for-word into the Louisiana Constitution), RFRA (at the state and federal level), and the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell (recognizing business owners’ religious conscience rights), the executive order directs that all 20 agencies under the governor’s authority not deny business owners their licenses or other state benefits based on their religious views concerning marriage.

Louisiana, by constitutional amendment, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Louisiana state Rep. Mike Johnson (R), who sponsored H.B. 707, said the governor’s order was essential, especially with the Supreme Court’s decision concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriage expected next month. “Louisiana, by way of executive order, steps out to the lead of that issue to say, ‘We believe our first freedom is worthy of protection.’” Johnson said, “It’s always a good time to defend religious liberty.”

Jindal told the Daily Signal: “Don’t waste your breath trying to bully me in Louisiana.” He added: “It is absolutely constitutional to have religious liberty and economic freedoms.”

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