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The Reciprocal Virtue of Free Speech

Given the ghastly massacre in Paris recently, many issues may be raised concerning politically protected satire (whatever its quality) when the cartoon pen is shown to be less mighty to terror attacks. One issue consists of the reasons to justify extending the law to protect speech and satire—even satire that would offend and enrage to such an extent that men …

Ryan ShinkelThe Reciprocal Virtue of Free Speech
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Hebdo and Progressive Hypocrisy

Does the content of the Hebdo cartoonists render their murder any less tragic? In either case, the social justice crowd should recognize the parallels and understand why many defenders of free speech and Hebdo are upset by accusations that Hebdo was “kind of asking for it.”

Hunter SwoggerHebdo and Progressive Hypocrisy
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U.S. Constitution Class Cancelled Due To UM Teacher ‘Feeling Uncomfortable’

It has recently been announced that History 387, “The Making of the United States Constitution,” has been cancelled due to the teacher, assistant professor Dexter Perkins, having reported that he found the course material ‘offensive’ and ‘not suitable for teaching.’

Ryan ShinkelU.S. Constitution Class Cancelled Due To UM Teacher ‘Feeling Uncomfortable’
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Fiscal Conservatives Should Support Conjugal Civil Marriage

by Ryan Shinkel Here I argue that marriage can only in principle consist in a relationship with sexual complementarity, and that prudent public policy should not let the state fundamentally alter an institution originating in generational renewal to one of mere state contracts of companionship. Many contemporaries believe marriage is only a romantic relationship between two people involving romance, domestic …

Ryan ShinkelFiscal Conservatives Should Support Conjugal Civil Marriage
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Fiscal Conservatives Should Support Marriage Equality

Which brings us to marriage, which, at the most fundamental level, is simply a contract between two individuals. No two people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, should be prohibited from voluntarily agreeing to a contract. The government’s interference in this case manifests itself in the form of the tax benefits married couples receive that two people in a non-marital relationship do not receive.

Hunter SwoggerFiscal Conservatives Should Support Marriage Equality
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Let’s be real about terrorism and Islam.

Muslims are not responsible for condemning terrorist acts by other Muslims, although that is beside the point. No sane person is demanding that Muslims condemn Islamist terrorism just because they are Muslim. However, there is a serious illness within Islam today, and those who deny it are wishful thinkers. Muslims would do well to accept this, because acceptance is a necessary first step toward healing.

Omar MahmoodLet’s be real about terrorism and Islam.
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Harbaugh’s Homecoming Commences Football Restoration

Jim Harbaugh is coming to Michigan. What seemed like a pipe dream to many Michigan football fans after the 42-28 loss to Ohio in late November has now turned into a reality. Students, alumni, fans, and even former players cannot contain their excitement. The talk of Harbaugh’s decision to accept the head coaching position has taken over social media and …

Steve LampertHarbaugh’s Homecoming Commences Football Restoration

You’re Right, Professor: When You Act Like A Bratty Child, “We Can’t All Just Get Along”

By now, most of campus (and many other major publications) have probably picked up on the University of Michigan’s own communications department chair Professor Susan J. Douglas’ recent vitriolic attack against both the Republican Party in general and Republicans as individuals. She recently penned a piece, featured over at In These Times that leads with her ugly declaration: “I hate …

Deion KathawaYou’re Right, Professor: When You Act Like A Bratty Child, “We Can’t All Just Get Along”

Brown and Garner: the Fallout and the Fix

As a result of the regrettable and tragic deaths of both 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and father-of-six Eric Garner in New York, protests and demonstrations—as well as looting and “die-ins” (demonstrations in which people lie down as if dead)—have sprung up with an almost feverish obsession, presumably to make known our collective disgust with “the system,” our angst …

Deion KathawaBrown and Garner: the Fallout and the Fix

Rediscovering the Meaning of Diversity

In light of the recent media coverage that has surrounded the University, now is the perfect time to bring up the issue that exists within the fight for equality, freedom of expression, speech, and religion, and diversity. Using the example of the satirical column written by a conservative student at the University of Michigan, it is clear that those who …

Grace BrangRediscovering the Meaning of Diversity