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Free the Artist-Jail the Judge

Published on Saturday, November 21 2015 by Sonico

By David Merlin

Michael Hoffman posted an interesting blog on All Saints Day regarding the sentencing of Irish artist Dermot Mulqueen. Mr. Mulqueen was sentenced to five months in jail for giving a lunchtime public performance on January 23rd 2015 where he put an axe through a TV at the Daniel O’Connell monument in Ennis town center.

No one was hurt or threatened by Mr. Mulqueen’s performance but Judge Patrick Durcan found that Mulqueen, “behaved in the most offensive way, not merely towards a particular section of society but towards society generally”.

Presumably, the offense was not believing in the impossible …


Letter to CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education(FIRE)

Published on Tuesday, November 17 2015 by Sonico

Greg Lukianoff
President and CEO
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 215-717-FIRE (3473)
Fax: 215-717-3440

Mr. Lukianoff:

The essay that won first place in FIRE’s 2014–2015 Academia Essay Contest was quite uplifting. You awarded it to Arianna Samet, a junior at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, for her essay, “America is The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. But…Are its Universities?”

At the same time, her references to her grandparents and their experiences in the Holocaust struck me as ironic in their …


An Appeal from Bradley Smith

Published on Sunday, November 15 2015 by Sonico

Friends and Supporters:

I have begun to insert a small ad as an Online text link in student newspapers at campuses around the country. It is the smallest and least expensive ad that can be run. The entire text of the ad consists of the title of my book, A Personal History of Moral Decay, a collection of autobiographical stories set in Korea, Mexico, Hollywood, Vietnam and Hollywood again. Currently the text link is running in The Daily Iowan and The Vermont Cynic.

The surprise here is that when the link is clicked on it does not take the …


Forbidden to Laugh

Published on Wednesday, November 11 2015 by Sonico

By David Merlin

You would think that a Court of “Human Rights” would defend the rights of a Comedian to make jokes with a biting social commentary, Right?

Cartoons about Mohammed are ok, yes.Mocking Jesus Christ is humorous, of course. All France united to protest the Islamic attacks on the iconoclast magazine  Charlie Hebdo. Correct?

Well…..think again. Europe has taboos as sacred as those of ISIS.

Europe’s top human rights court has rejected an appeal by the controversial French comic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, saying the right to free expression does not protect antisemitism or Holocaust denial.


Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala

Dieudonne, as …


Oh, Willis Carto, We Hardly Knew Ye

Published on Friday, November 6 2015 by Sonico

Mark Oppenheimer
Tablet Magazine
November 2, 2015

By Bradley Smith

Mark Oppenheimer, a professor at Yale University,  writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic and others, in addition to The Tablet. So we should take him seriously.

In his Tablet article this Jewish writer notes that Willis Carto was a “plain old Caucasian crazy.” He doesn’t have anything interesting to say about Carto. He does note that: “. . . there is an unspoken journalistic consensus in this country that one does not write about the craziest of …