Freedom of Speech

“The Powers of Church and Civil Government Must Not Be Mixed”

"But authority holds only in its own jurisdiction.  The government holds sway over externals, the Word of god over internals.  'The civil magistrate protects not minds but bodies and goods from manifest harm.  The Gospel protects minds from ungodly ideas, the devil, and external death.'" - Veith

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Conservatives Should Remember Their Opposition to Compelled Speech

"Many [conservatives] looked at the verdict [in Masterpiece Cakeshop] and felt as if the Court’s silence on protected speech amounted to privileging the civil-rights laws above the First Amendment — which meant they’d need to use similar means to protect their own speech. In other words, 'political viewpoint' should become a protected class." - N.Review

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UK council apologizes for censoring Franklin Graham event ads; pays over $150K in damages

"Along with issuing an apology last week for pulling the ads because they opposed the evangelical group’s conservative views on LGBT issues, the Blackpool Council in Lancashire also agreed to pay damages of over $150,200 (£109,000)." - C.Post 

Also at C.Today: British City Apologizes for Removing Franklin Graham Ads

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Pew: 56% of Americans oppose the right to sue social media companies for what users post

"The right to sue social media companies in this way is one issue at the heart of current debates surrounding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which some lawmakers argue should be amended or repealed." - Pew

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High school backs down after opposing Christian language in student's graduation speech

"After receiving a demand letter from the First Liberty Institute, officials at Hillsdale High School relented after pressuring student Elizabeth Turner to alter the valedictory speech for her June 6 graduation ceremony." - C.Post

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The Truth About David French and Drag Queen Story Hour

Well-taught Christians know that we’ve always been in a battle for truth. Truth is central to who God is (e.g., Ex 34:6, John 14:6; also helpful: this and this), and anti-truth is fundamental to who the Adversary is (Gen 3:4, Jn 8:44). Given that, can we be reckless about truth on any subject? Can we be reckless about truth concerning fellow Christians who are public figures and targets of misrepresentation?

David French is one such a public figure, and one of the more persistent narratives weaponized against him has to do with his push-back on drag queen story hour (DQSH).

Regardless of whether we believe French is correct or incorrect on this or any other issue, Christians should feel deeply obligated to accurately describe his views. We owe that to every fellow human being (Lk 6:31) and especially every fellow believer.

Some background

DQSH is a series of events occurring mostly at public libraries, and usually organized by the non-profit of the same name. Wikipedia says it started in 2015. DQSH’s home page currently lists about 50 “chapters.”

So, what does DQSH have to do with David French?

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Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Philadelphia: Arizona Supreme Court delivers a victory against government-compelled speech

"...it’s a narrow decision in scope, one that rightly does not grant the business the right to broadly refuse service to gay people. Rather, it permits them to avoid providing certain services that constitute acts of compelled speech, such as writing invitations for a gay wedding, that directly contradict their religious beliefs." - Washington Examiner

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