Category Archives: Free Speech

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.

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Jul
10
2017

Trump: “We Want God”

10, Jul

By Katie Kieffer

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

In 1984, Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote. Bush, McCain and Romney failed to repeat Reagan’s feat, but 2016 exit polls show Donald Trump won the Catholic vote by 7%. If Trump and Reagan gained popularity among the faithful by being unafraid to mention God, so too the Catholic Church should be unafraid to speak the truth.

As in 1984, the Catholic Church has a historic opportunity to bring society closer to God in solidarity with the world’s most powerful political leader.

“We want God!” President Trump said last week in Warsaw, Poland. The crowd erupted into wild applause. Continue reading

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Oct
03
2016

Along Came A Spider

03, Oct

By Katie Kieffer

Spider

Eight furry legs appeared and Congress let out a scream—quickly surrendering the Internet to the United Nations. Last week, Congress closed shop for a six-week recess without stopping the Internet from slipping into the hands of a global consortium aligned with the United Nations.

Our story begins in 1998, when the organization of the Internet’s “address book” of domain names (such as Townhall.com) as well as related technology and structure was assigned to a California nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The U.S. Department of Commerce has had oversight of ICANN since 1998. Continue reading

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Jul
11
2016

Clock Boy Messes With Texas

11, Jul

By Katie Kieffer

Texas cowboy

Don’t mess with Texas, Clock Boy. If you’re too young to remember the Alamo, Google it. Then decide if you still want to ‘come and take it.’

Two weeks ago, the notorious Clock Boy, Ahmed Mohamed, returned to Texas after spending nine months in Qatar where he says he finally felt free to learn about Islam. Continue reading

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Jun
13
2016

A Vote Against Hillary

13, Jun

By Katie Kieffer


Trump never promised me anything. Indeed, he refused to promise not to run third party. Yet those who proposed political marriage—or unity—to Trump are now filing for divorce, even though it means losing our country to Hillary.

If you’re a regular reader, you have likely intuited that my top choices for president were Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz. But I refuse to join the “Never Trump” crowd and feel drawn to explain why—so that you too may decide. Continue reading

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Apr
25
2016

Notre Dame Hugs Biden Back

25, Apr

By Katie Kieffer


Vice President Joe Biden is a hugger: the Internet is awash with memes mocking his gauche embraces of other people’s wives and daughters. Well, next month, the University of Notre Dame—one of America’s most prominent Catholic institutions of higher learning—will metaphorically hug Biden back. By awarding him a prestigious Laetare Medal.

Notre Dame’s decision to honor a man who actively works to implement public policies that will derail the University’s ability to express its own First Amendment rights of free speech and religious expression holds a lesson—and a warning—for us all, Catholic or not. Continue reading

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Mar
30
2016

Sex and Gossip: Millennials Just Roll Their Eyes

30, Mar

By Katie Kieffer


“Pervy Ted Cruz Caught Cheating!” The National Enquirer proclaimed last week.

Twitter erupted with the hashtag #CruzSexScandal.

To a casual observer, false claims of Cruz’s “5 Secret Mistresses!” might have seemed to sink his ship. But a new poll reveals millennials definitively favor Cruz over Trump or Clinton. Continue reading

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Feb
22
2016

Apple Is On Your Side

22, Feb

By Katie Kieffer

Steve Jobs

Obama’s order for Apple to let him hack your iPhone is not about fighting terror—it’s about iPhone dominion. You deserve to know how an attack on Apple’s encryption technology threatens your safety. Continue reading

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Aug
31
2015

Jorge Ramos Wins “Victim Apprentice”

31, Aug

By Katie Kieffer


Congratulations to Univision’s Jorge Ramos on winning Victim Apprentice! You succeeded in pouting and shouting your way to the spotlight.

Victim Apprentice is a real reality show hosted by Donald Trump—without Trump realizing he’s hosting it. Contestants are C-level celebrities who crave attention but lack talent. Desperate for a career boost, they metaphorically throw themselves in front of Trump’s car as he cruises down the highway—forcing him to slam on the breaks and bump into them. Continue reading

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Jan
19
2015

Why Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy

19, Jan

By Katie Kieffer


Orthodox Jewish women and conservative Muslim women both follow modesty rules, but Orthodox Jewish women are devout without abandoning their individuality and civil liberties.

26-year-old Hayat Boumedienneis the suspected accomplice in last week’s 3-day terror attack in Paris, France. Her common law husband, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews and a policewoman in a kosher Paris market. Continue reading

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