In the very first week of class, he got a letter of reprimand and was placed on administrative leave for insisting on his right to display foreign flags in his classroom. And even though the school quickly reinstated him, he has decided not to return.
McCarthyism Watch is Progressive Editor Matthew Rothschild's running tally of civil liberties infringements. <a href="http://new.progressive.org/mag_mccarthy">"The New McCarthyism"</a> ran as the cover story of The Progressive in January 2002 and Rothschild's book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595581642?ie=UTF8&tag=theprogress0b-20... Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression</a> was published in 2007.
“It was absolutely ridiculous,” says a 66-year-old retired schoolteacher, who had her flagstick taken away. “Talk about overkill.”
“If the flag is flying upside down, it means he is in trouble, right? I think we Marines should show up and get him ‘out’ of trouble.”
Asks a peace activist at UC-Santa Cruz, "Who is being protected from what here?”
"Flag desecration prosecutions are only used for political persecution. Either this statute goes or the right to free speech goes. The two cannot peacefully coexist.”
“We cannot allow political pressure from critics of unpopular ideas to inhibit the free exchange of ideas,” said the provost of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A University of Wisconsin instructor called 9/11 "an inside job." Now he may no longer be able to teach there.
“I find the whole incident ridiculous,” he says. “Who is afraid of my research work and ideas?"
On June 23, Federal Judge Paul A. Crotty told the government to stop stalling on the latest visa application of Tariq Ramadan. The European Muslim scholar had his visa revoked on July 28, 2004, one week before he was to come to the United States to take a tenured position at Notre Dame.
They allegedly conspired to keep several women who were critical of Santorum away from his "It Takes a Family" book signing and discussion.
“If the United States wants to restore its credibility as a democracy in the eyes of the world, it should be inviting journalists in, not kicking them out,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.
"It's like allowing me to call the fire department only after the building has burned to the ground.”
"I saw smoke coming out of my van, and I screamed for my husband.” When the firemen came, one
"pointed to our garage, and they had spray-painted across the front of our house, ‘Killers go home.’ ”
Mohamad Pharoan is a waiter at the Hyatt in Baltimore. He’d worked there seven years when, on December 5, 2003, President Bush came to the hotel for a reelection fundraiser. Pharoan was supposed to be serving tables at the banquet, but he wasn’t allowed to. Because his name is Mohamad.
Molly Shoul has appeared in several talent shows at Park Springs Elementary School over the years.
And she was planning on participating again--until the principal put the kibosh on "Dear Mr. President."