Category Archives: Free Speech

May
31
2021

Poppies of Flanders Fields

31, May

By Katie Kieffer


Flanders Fields, Belgium, 1915: Poppies, the hue of human blood, blow in the gentle breeze. The scarlet blooms decorate thousands of Allied soldier graves. Graves of mud transfused with the blood of fallen brothers.

1,043 American soldiers perished in Belgium during World War I, 368 of whom are interred at Flanders Field American Cemetery. Today, Memorial Day, we remember their courage—and the courage of all American veterans—by revisiting the story of the vermilion poppies of Flanders Fields. Continue reading

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Feb
22
2021

Talent. On Loan. From God.

22, Feb

By Katie Kieffer


Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh frequently told his audience—of over 62 million weekly listeners—that his “talent” was “on loan from God.” Limbaugh’s confidence in his innate gifts—and regular expression of gratitude to his Creator—is his most inspiring legacy.

Rush made you feel good about yourself; good about America; and hopeful for the future. Aptly, he also played feel-good bumper music. Two weeks before my wedding last summer, my father and I remained undecided on our Father-Daughter Dance song. A lightbulb went off as I tuned to The Rush Limbaugh Show and heard his bumper: My City Was Gone by The Pretenders. Continue reading

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Oct
11
2020

Barrett and Ginsburg Shine, Harris Pretty Dim

11, Oct

By Katie Kieffer


Many women—and some men—feel a sense of obligation to vote for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket and thereby help a woman achieve the presidency. Today, I make the case that we must wait—out of respect for all little girls in America who need and deserve a more authentic role model as the first female president of the United States.

Technically, Harris is running for vice president. However, both Biden and Harris have referred to themselves as the aspiring “Harris administration.” We can take their word for it: the ultimate plan is for Harris to take the reins. Is she worthy of helming the Oval Office? Continue reading

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Aug
04
2020

The Woke Chokehold

04, Aug

By Katie Kieffer


We can ban police chokeholds in all 50 states—but the pervasive chokehold in America today is the “woke chokehold.” A majority of Americans feel frozen by fear—and are metaphorically choking—overwhelmed by a sense of powerlessness. 62 percent of Americans are afraid to speak their minds, according to a new CATO poll.

America’s largest police departments—Los Angeles in 1982, New York in 1993, Chicago in 2012, and Minneapolis in 2020— have banned the use of chokeholds by officers. Crime, however, is soaring in these cities. For example, even as the radical Minneapolis City Council works to eliminate police, robberies are up 37%. Continue reading

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Jun
09
2020

Why Do So Many Christians Vote for Democrats?

09, Jun

By Katie Kieffer


45% of Catholics and 39% of “Protestant/Other-denomination” Christians voted Democrat in the 2016 Presidential Election, according to Pew. In other words, Christians have the power to swing the 2020 election—and a responsibility to exercise this power in a way that upholds Biblical values and religious freedom.

Churches have been barred from holding normal public worship for nearly three months. Restraints on churches have been most severe in Democrat-ruled areas. Democrats claim they “clean up the messes made by Republicans,” yet Christian oppression is strongest in cities like Chicago, Louisville, Madison and Holly Springs and in states like New York and California that are long-time Democrat strongholds. Continue reading

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May
11
2020

Google’s Monopoly on Speech

11, May

By Katie Kieffer


“Don’t be evil” was explicit to Google’s motto and code of conduct for some 15 years. In 2015, Google updated its motto to “Do the right thing.” Today, Google, which owns YouTube, seems to have altered its motto to “Be evil” or “Do the wrong thing”—including censoring free speech of doctors, scientists, professors, politicians and journalists whose ideas differ from those of Google executives.

“This is the next step in the evolution of the Internet,” former Google CEO Eric Schmidt lauded Google’s purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006. We now know Schmidt’s definition of Internet “progress” ostensibly centers around inducing users to think like him—by using YouTube to push assenting views and censor differing perspectives under the guise of legality or neutrality. Continue reading

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Feb
11
2019

When Murder Is Easy

11, Feb

By Katie Kieffer


Blood spilled first is more stunning than blood spilled second. Today, abortion is the primary type of murder that no longer shocks Americans. Why? Because we have – collectively – committed murder so frequently. Women accept and even laud abortion while men and religious figures have turned their heads.

We all need to recover a healthy dose of shock when an American doctor kills a sweet baby girl or boy with a fully developed heart, brain and soul—for profit. Continue reading

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Oct
08
2018

MoveOn.Feminist, ComeOn.Love

08, Oct

By Katie Kieffer

LOVE

Women are angry at Brett Kavanaugh. To them, I ask: do you know why you’re angry?

Suicide is on the rise in America, especially among our country’s girls. According to CDC data, suicide among teenage girls rose 70% in the past decade. This is a 40-year high. Across all genders and ages, suicide has increased 28% since 1999. Continue reading

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Sep
27
2018

The Rational Vote: Trump

27, Sep

By Katie Kieffer

Melania and Donald Trump

You and I know people who admit to being Democrats. I don’t know a single Democrat who will admit to believing in Democratic policies. No Democrat will ever say that they support: “unlimited power for politicians; murdering babies; declaring a man guilty of a crime without evidence; and stealing from the poor to aid criminals.”

May we conclude, then, that to be a Democrat in 2018 is to live in a fantasy world?

“I can’t believe the Democrats have gone so bad. And I used to be a Democrat,” my 87-year-old grandmother recently said. She sees a party that once stood for farmers and now stands for “democratic socialism”—a nice name for communism. Continue reading

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Aug
14
2017

Google-Shocked

14, Aug

By Katie Kieffer


You’re in second grade, enjoying summer vacation, when a neighbor boy comes out of nowhere and thrusts his fist—hard—into your stomach. For seconds, you gasp for air. He’s no foe. In fact, you would have called him a friend until about three seconds ago. What just happened?

Not all of us have been shell-shocked. But we’ve all had the air knocked out of us at some point. For me, it once happened in the way described above. (The little boy thought he was being funny, although his mother laughed at his joke by grounding him.) Well, last week, Google singlehandedly knocked the air out of all of us.

We’ve been Google-shocked. Continue reading

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