Tag: Free Speech

The Cost of Free Speech – City Ordinances and Permit Fees

In 2007, the International Woman’s Day March planned to hit the streets of San Antonio to support women around the globe. However, San Antonio parade ordinances require not only permitting, but a fee for the services by the police department for traffic control and other safety matters.


April 23, 2010 0

Why Would You Say That – Really?

When I was a shop steward and a union activist (not so very long ago) I fought for the rights of my co-workers and myself. We had a contract between our Union and the major corporation we worked for – and as shop stewards our purpose was to make sure that the rights of not even one person were violated under that contract. Another side of that same purpose was to educate and assist our co-workers so that no union members knowingly violated the contracted either. More importantly we worked really hard to try to resolve issues before getting to the point of needing to file grievances or other types of legal complaints.
There were dissenters within our membership who felt from time to time that the Union was handling things wrong and they were entitled to their opinion. My fellow stewards and I found that communication and compassion was a very important part of what we did. It was a job I gladly volunteered for and, although it took a significant amount of my own time, I’m still glad I was a part of that.
Saying things about other people when you don’t really know … – now I’m thinking you are likely wondering how in the world I jumped to this topic. Well, it has to do with what I have already mentioned and with what I am about to mention.


June 3, 2009 2

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Under Federal Hate Crimes, Church Will Be Responsible for Gay Bashing Parishioners

In another article full of misleading, inaccurate information [o.k. lies] the Church Executive is reporting that Hate Crimes legislation on the federal level will lead to the prosecution of those expressing the opinion that homosexuality is a sin.

“But the 1,400-member National Religious Broadcasters says Christian broadcasters and even pastors covering culturally unpopular views, such as preaching homosexuality as sin, could face prosecution just for expressing their religious views because their teachings could be blamed for inciting violence.”


May 18, 2009 0