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soul of the nation campaign bus

political religion | 2020 Presidential Election | first amendment | freedom of expression

The Soul of the Nation?

A campaign slogan raises interesting questions about what, exactly, we're all fighting for

October 26, 2020

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

Three Comments on Rachel Fulton Brown

Of the many misleading statements made by Rachel Fulton Brown, one that struck me as a Berkeley local and indeed a veteran of the Free Speech Movement of 1964 was her representation of the anti-Milo student protesters. They were, she implies, happily...

March 2, 2017

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

The Time Has Passed

On February 16th, 2017, Sightings published an article entitled “Why Milo Scares Students, and Faculty Even More,” by University of Chicago professor Rachel Fulton Brown. In the piece Fulton Brown theorizes about the discomfort that Milo Yiannopoulos...

March 2, 2017

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

Mind-Forged Manacles

Professor Rachel Fulton Brown’s February 16th Sightings piece was about freedom of speech, the place of Christianity in Western culture supposedly championed by Milo Yiannopoulos, and the seeming inability of students to make normative judgments. Whi...

March 2, 2017

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

An Open Letter to Rachel Fulton Brown

Dr. Fulton Brown, You were a major influence on my development as an academic and as an educator. I am studying for a doctorate and writing on the history of biblical exegesis in large part because of time spent in your classroom in my seven years...

March 2, 2017

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

A Packet for Rachel Fulton Brown

Editor’s Introduction Shortly after assuming responsibility as editor of Sightings, I received some notes from W. Clark Gilpin, a former director of the Martin Marty Center, concerning the origins and purpose of this publication. Sightings, I lear...

March 2, 2017

freedom of expression | Milo Yiannopoulos | Rachel Fulton Brown

Lessons in False Piety and Fake News from the Middle Ages

In the first novella of Boccaccio’s 14th-century Decameron, Panfilo tells the story of Ciappelletto, the worst man ever to live (including his impressive catalogue of vice), who spins his final confession into a rhetorical masterpiece narrating his o...

March 2, 2017

Berkeley riot | Christianity | first amendment | free speech | freedom of expression | higher education | Milo Yiannopoulos | Stephen Prothero | Western civilization

Why Milo Scares Students, and Faculty Even More

Editor's note: For a collection of responses to this piece, please see “A Packet for Rachel Fulton Brown” (March 2, 2017). On Wednesday, February 1st, there was a riot at the University of California, Berkeley. The College Republicans had invited ...

February 16, 2017

freedom of expression | Oliver Wendell Holmes | censorship | Voltaire | Louis Brandeis | blasphemy | Prophet Mohammad | Charlie Hebdo | Thomas Aquinas | Puritans | American Revolution | Enlightenment | Second Great Awakening | John Adams | Thomas Jefferson | US Supreme Court | Zineb El Rhazoui

"Charlie Hebdo's" Haunting Question: Should We Have the Right To Blaspheme?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Geoffrey Stone's comments were first delivered in early March when he introduced a University of Chicago event featuring Charlie Hebdo journalist, Zineb El Rhazoui. Why do we care about freedom of expression? Perhaps the simples...

April 23, 2015