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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Forced Participation in Abortion: Nine Legislators Take a Stand for Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 9:01 PM :: 5304 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Health Care

Both bills state in the preamble that the emergency contraceptive "is not an abortion pill" and "is not an abortifacient." That seemingly simple, and untrue statement, nullifies any protection that a federal conscience exemption might have provided....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
HB411 Forces Hospitals, Doctors to Hand Out Abortion Pill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:30 PM :: 4036 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

The hearing was full of people who are against religious freedom.  One individual even stated that if Christians have a problem with it, they shouldn’t work in an emergency room....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Holy Paparazzi! Molokai Mocks Steven Tyler Act, Sen English
By Video @ 3:01 PM :: 5189 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

Uncle Sam and Kanoho have a talk about Sen. Kalani English, his busy schedule and his latest pet cause — the Steven Tyler Act....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
NYT Editorial: Steven Tyler Act 'Boneheaded'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 3683 Views :: First Amendment

“...is likely to have a chilling effect on legitimate reporters. And it would be very unlikely to pass a court test of the First Amendment. Please trash this trashy bill.”

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Monday, February 11, 2013
The First Amendment Is a Sweet Emotion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:29 PM :: 3806 Views :: First Amendment

The bill, named after – indeed, written by – the Aerosmith frontman, could punish anyone who takes a photograph of a celebrity in public. That includes a tourist who takes out her iPhone to snap a pic of an aging rocker, or perhaps the Obama family....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
SB465 “Tramples on First Amendment”
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 3579 Views :: First Amendment

...creation of a civil cause of action for “constructive invasion of privacy” is overly broad and vague and imposes greater civil penalties upon otherwise protected forms of speech and expression....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Celebrity Incentive To Move To Hawaii: We'll Give You An "Inoffensive" Space
By Robert Thomas @ 6:56 PM :: 3796 Views :: First Amendment

"The preamble to the bill specifically mentions celebrities but nothing is said about limiting the act to celebrities and paparazzi."

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Star-Advertiser Buys Kauai Garden Isle Newspaper
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 6881 Views :: Kauai County, First Amendment

Under the agreement, The Garden Island, with a total average circulation of 9,509 daily and 8,413 on Sundays, will continue to be published Monday through Friday and Sunday.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Slom: Thank God Senate Will Again Have Daily Prayer
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:01 PM :: 5255 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

Thank God, this body will once again have daily prayer, because if ever there was a time elected officials should call on a higher authority for guidance, it is now.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Obama's Religious Freedom Proclamation
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 PM :: 4730 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Religion

As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.” -- President Barack Obama

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
UK Censors Images of Rusting Hawaii Windfarm
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 6720 Views :: Energy, First Amendment

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Honolulu Federal Inmate Discovers 'Gays Not Born That Way'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 8146 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Law Enforcement

Alexandra Telluselle is a Swedish national and self-described "citizen of the world" who was arrested by HPD for shoplifting from a Honolulu Foodland store August 18, 2011....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
HPD Sued Over 'Censorship' of Facebook Comments
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 10083 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Second Amendment

The complaint asserts that the Honolulu police arbitrarily moderate the page by deleting comments and banning users who post or make comments unfavorable to the department.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
IRS Backs Off, Grants Tax Free Status to Maui TEA Party
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 PM :: 8343 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

"...the IRS contacted us today regarding your 501(c)4 application and stated that they are withdrawing the additional questions that they sent to your organization...."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Legislative Wrapup: Victories for Life, Family and Religious Freedom
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 6080 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Religious freedom, suicide, gambling, LBGT curriculum, and trangender birth certificates ....

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Monday, February 27, 2012
Is the IRS Attempting to Intimidate Hawaii TEA Parties?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 8236 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas....

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Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Atheist Declaration of War on Hawaii Churches
By Andrew Walden @ 6:45 PM :: 9356 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

Hawaii’s small gaggle of atheists have suddenly been put to work by Hawaii’s elites ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Don’t Mock Hu Jintao: Honolulu Councilmembers demand Rush Limbaugh be censored
By Andrew Walden @ 8:15 PM :: 8076 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Intimidated by ACLU, Hawaii Senate prohibits itself free exercise of Religion
By Selected News Articles @ 10:43 AM :: 5481 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

If our legislators no longer pray inside the state capitol, then we citizens need to pray in their stead every day that they are in session, preferably on the steps of that building. When election time comes around again, let us all remember who among them thinks we no longer need God in our government. 

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Sunday, January 16, 2011
Prayer: Will Hawaii Senators surrender to ACLU?
By News Release @ 12:52 PM :: 6356 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

The Hawaii session convenes this coming Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.  The change of policy is part of a new rules package the Senate will consider for the opening session. 

Senate President Shan Tsutsui (D, Kahului) will recommend that the Senate end the tradition of invocations based on the ACLU complaint.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Christian leaders push back against smears from Abercrombie campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 9:18 PM :: 8511 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians, Religion

The effort is very similar to the smear campaign run in 1998 and 2002 against then-candidate Linda Lingle.  Progressive activists then claimed that the Jewish Lingle would abolish the Christmas Holiday for government employees and insinuated she was a lesbian—a smear which can be heard to this day. 

Whether it is Judaism or Christianity, it seems that attacking the Religion of GOP gubernatorial candidates is stock-in-trade for Hawaii Democrats. 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Pay to Play: Hawaii faces constitutional challenge
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 6775 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Because Hawaii’s pay-to-play law does not limit itself, as many such state laws do, to prohibition against contribution politicians with authority to determine who receives government contracts, Jim Bopp argues that the law unreasonably impairs speech in pursuit of regulation....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Allen Cardines to direct Hawaii Family Forum
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 12139 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Allen was responsible for organizing the volunteers at the 2010 iVote rally at the Capitol as well as organizing the neighbor island pastors and churches in the HB444 campaign.  He is a leader in our community and we are extremely blessed to have him take this key position.

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Monday, August 23, 2010
Terrorism? Sovereignty activists prove UHH Professor’s unspoken point
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 12677 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, DHHL, First Amendment, Higher Education, OHA

...the meeting was disrupted by many Hawaiian Sovereignty proponents who dominated the session with loud and acrimonious statements....

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Featured on Glen Beck: Wallbuilders’ David Barton to speak at Maui, Oahu, Hilo, Kona events
By News Release @ 5:56 AM :: 14261 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30 -- four events on three islands.

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Big win for free speech: Senate Passes Anti-Libel-Tourism Law
By Selected News Articles @ 12:28 PM :: 6645 Views :: First Amendment

The SPEECH Act will guard American authors and publishers from frivolous foreign libel suits, filed in countries that do not have our strong free speech protections....

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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Gays respond to veto of HB444: “Lets put Jews up to a vote”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:14 PM :: 8578 Views :: Family, First Amendment

When California voters approved Prop 8 outlawing gay marriage, gay activists exploded in a display of blind racial hatred directed at blacks.  Is Hawaii’s smug gaggle of “conscious, enlightened, progressives” now taking a page from the same hateful playbook?  

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Star-Bulletin comes out against voter registration drive
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 20345 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Religion

After years of pretending to be concerned about Hawaii's worst-in-the-nation voter participation, today the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has shown its true colors.

In an editorial titled "Religion risky for GOP", SB editors condemn a church-based statewide voter registration drive.  They complain bitterly that, "...the goal is to convince 80 percent of Christian churchgoers to register to vote and then persuade 80 percent of those who register to vote...."

This contrasts sharply with the Star-Bulletin July 21, 2009 which cried, "Hawaii dead last in voter turnout." 

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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Raycom Honolulu TV Deal: Honolulu Community Media Council has its own issues with "media control"
By Andrew Walden @ 1:13 PM :: 11782 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, Obama

The Honolulu Community Media Council (HCMC) is working with Georgetown University attorneys from the so-called "Institute for Public Representation" to challenge the Raycom Media deal linking the news operations of KGMB, KHNL and KFVE.

According the the HCMC, the Raycom deal is "nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to avoid regulatory scrutiny by the FCC and that Raycom will exercise control over all three stations in defiance of the FCC ownership rules."

But the Honolulu Community Media Council has its own decades-long history of "thinly veiled attempt(s)" to "exercise control" over the media....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Antonio Gramsci Reading List
By Selected News Articles @ 1:24 AM :: 99023 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Higher Education

Gramscian ideas are far advanced in America. You see them in "hate crimes" laws, in gender equity legislation, in forced corporate "sensitivity" training, in the menace of coerced "right thinking" in the universities. You feel the nuances of it in casual conversation. It's an attitude at a cocktail party.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Debunking Carter-Ruck's defense of Iraqi billionaire tied to Rezko and Obama
By Andrew Walden @ 12:39 PM :: 15644 Views :: World News, First Amendment, Obama

The Auchi-Rezko-Obama connection came to public attention with federal marshals pounding on the door of Tony Rezko’s Wilmette Chicago mansion in the early morning of January 28, 2008. They hauled Rezko to jail after his bail was revoked for concealing a $3.5 million Auchi loan from the court. The Times outlines the story in two sentences. It should be of tremendous interest to the American public and the world.

But there is more to this story than run-of-the mill political corruption. Nadhmi Auchi is alleged to have a long affiliation with Iraqi Baathism and Saddam Hussein—which his attorneys deny. How close were they? According to a 1960 US Embassy report, Auchi was convicted along with Saddam by an Iraqi court for his part in a failed 1959 assassination attempt against then-Iraqi Prime Minister Qassim. For his crime, Auchi earned a sentence of “three years rigorous imprisonment.”

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Monday, May 11, 2009
Congress votes to protect pedophiles against ‘hate speech’
By Andrew Walden @ 5:20 AM :: 18839 Views :: Family, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

The US Senate Judiciary committee is now considering the so-called Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed by the House April 29, under the sponsorship of Rep John Conyers (D-MI) and 120 other Representatives. Dubbed the “Thought Crimes Prevention Act” by some House Republicans, HB1913 includes pedophilia as a protected sexual orientation.

Prior to approval by the whole House, a party-line 10-13 vote of Conyers’ House Judiciary Committee April 23 rejected a proposal by Republican Rep Steve King (R-IA) “to define the term `sexual orientation' as used in the bill to explicitly exclude pedophilia.” Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, an open lesbian, called the amendment, “unnecessary and inflammatory."

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Monday, April 27, 2009
Obama's Chilling Crew: The legal harassment of those investigating Tony Rezko
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 13141 Views :: First Amendment, Obama

Why is there so little media investigation of the financing behind Barack Obama’s early political sponsor—and now convicted felon—Tony Rezko?   

The dual US-Syrian citizen Rezko--who assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion--was heavily funded by loans from Iraqi-British ex-Baathist billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.  According to testimony at Rezko’s trial, Obama met Auchi at an April 3, 2004 event at Rezko’s home during Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign.  The Times of London reports discovering, “state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent money to Mr. Obama’s fundraiser in May 2005.”  Fintrade directors, according to The Times “include Ibtisam Auchi, the name of Mr. Auchi’s wife”.

Media bias is an easy—and intellectually lazy--explanation.  Journalists digging into stories involving Auchi often find themselves peppered with threats of libel litigation from a London law firm known as Carter-Ruck.  Hawai'i Free Press has received several such letters.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hawaii Democrats debate closed primary (backgrounder)
By Andrew Walden @ 11:40 AM :: 11079 Views :: Democratic Party, First Amendment, Office of Elections

This background file includes news articles, and letters to the editor by leading Democrats, regarding a possible shift to a closed primary system.  Also included US Supreme Court rulings on two relevant cases.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Journal Closes (maybe)
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 2764 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

The Hawai`i Island Journal is closed.  Its last edition, published June 14, carried only a short notice of regret ...

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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Horowitz Speaks to U. Hawaii Students
By Andrew Walden @ 3:56 PM :: 1282 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education
Horowitz Speaks to U. Hawaii Students by Andrew Walden In a lively exchange of ideas, David Horowitz, leader of Students for Academic Freed...
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