First Amendment Today, April 27, 2018: Diamond and Silk, Allison Mack, and…Satan?


Internet celebs Diamond and Silk cry censorship, claim Facebook’s messing with their revenue stream, and reluctantly admit to taking funds from Trump’s campaign

A screenshot of two African-American women (Diamond and Silk, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson) -- seated at a table as they testify at a Congressional hearing
Pro-Trump social media sensations Lynnette Hardaway (“Diamond,” left), and Rochelle Richardson (“Silk,” right) during testimony (YouTube screenshot via House Judiciary Committee Hearings)

Smallville Actress Allison Mack may belong to a creepy cult, but she’s no sex trafficker, says Reason‘s Elizabeth Nolan Brown

closeup screenshot of actress Allison Mack in season 9, episode 8, of the CW series Smallville, 2009
Actress and alleged sex cultist Allison Mack ( Nicole via Flickr)

French President Emmanuel Macron wants a war on “fake news” — and that’s tres mauvais for free speech in the U.S.

September 28, 2017, photo of French president Emmanuel Macron in suit and tie, on a tarmac with several unidentified people
French President Emmanuel Macron ( Aron Urb/EU2017EE Estonian Presidency via Flickr)

Still Pro-Censorship? The Daily Caller’s Scott Greer sounds pissed that Fresno State won’t fire Barbara Bush basher Randa Jarrar

screenshot of Fresno State University faculty member Randa Jarrar sitting on a sofa and speaking into a handheld microphone
Author and Fresno State University Professor Randa Jarrar (YouTube screenshot)

College profs overwhelmingly support freedom of speech on campus — even if their students don’t

photo of a bespectacled middle-aged man at a graduation ceremony, wearing a professor's gown
(VIA Agency via Flickr)

Citing First Amendment, Nevada judge nixes lower court’s gag order on attorney

photo of a stone slab engraved with the text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The slab is located in Peoples Plaza, on the grounds of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia
(elPadawan via Flickr)

Satanic Temple to sue Arkansas for right to erect bronze statue of goat-headed demon Baphomet at state capitol

via Wikipedia ( 19th century image of a Sabbatic Goat, created by Eliphas Levi. The arms bear the Latin words SOLVE (separate) and COAGULA (join together) (image cropped)
(Éliphas Lévi via Wikimedia Commons)

See Also:
“First Amendment Today, April 26, 2018: Top Headlines From the Fight for Free Speech”


About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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