OA71: Free Speech Left and Right (featuring the Grand Canyon)

In this episode, the guys address whether the political left or the political right is the biggest threat to freedom of speech in the United States.  Their answer probably won’t surprise you, but it will give you some ammunition during your next twitter fight with some dude with a Pepe the Frog icon.

To tee up this subject, the guys examine the case of journalist Dan Heyman, who was just arrested (!) for trying to ask a question about the AHCA to a rather reluctant Tom Price, the guy who’s Secretary of Health and Human Services and who’s job description includes answering these kinds of questions.

In the main segment, the guys compare the real threat to free speech with the latest complaint filed by our friends over at the Alliance Defending Freedom.  This particular lawsuit was filed on behalf of creationist lunatic Andrew Snelling, who wants to steal rocks from the Grand Canyon so he can prove something something Jesus moon lasers something and therefore, the earth is only 6,000 years old.  What you won’t expect:  Andrew actually praises this Complaint!  Multiple times!

After that, Andrew tackles a question from listener Thomas McCormick who — perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek? — wonders why churches are tax-exempt at all.  In (not) answering the question, Andrew also points out some special benefits churches get under the tax code.

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam question #24 about double hearsay.  We’ll release a new #TTTBE question this Friday, and, as always, answer that question the following Tuesday.  Don’t forget to play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s), and don’t forget that patrons who support us at any level get early access to the answers (and usually a fun post analyzing the question in more detail).

Recent Appearances:

None, but you should check out Thomas’s other show, Serious Inquiries Only, and in particular episode #41 featuring Michael Shermer backpedaling on his the-left-is-killing-free-speech tweets and articles.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Mediaite has the video and some contemporaneous tweets of the Heyman arrest.
  2. This is a copy of the Complaint the ADF filed on behalf of Andrew Snelling.
  3. Finally, two of the special statutes that benefit churches (and only churches) cited by Andrew in the “C” segment are 26 U.S.C. § 508(c) and 26 U.S.C. § 7611.

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