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Radio host Joel Heitkamp and his sister U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

It’s obvious to any honest observer that talk radio host Joel Heitkamp operates the radio station he manages as a de facto media arm for his sister Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-electon campaign. This includes the male Heitkamp acting as a surrogate for the Senator and attacking her critics. Including, most recently, me. The Washington Free Beacon

Print Column: I’m a Dangerous Nazi (Allegedly)

MINOT, N.D. — I’m a dangerous Nazi. That’s according to a professor at Minot State University who was supposed to moderate an event I’d been invited to speak at by Dr. Robert Kibler who chairs the Department of Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Literature there. Kibler told me the colleague he’d chosen to moderate the event

Podcast: Fargo Forum Editor Talks About New Policy Treating Some Letters to the Editor as Advertising

“We are going to try and use our best judgment.” That’s what Fargo Forum editor Matthew Von Pinnon told me during a radio interview yesterday (full audio of the show below) about a new policy, embraced by Forum Communications newspapers, of charging for some types of letters to the editor. Full disclosure: I’m employed by Forum

There Is No Other Word for This Than Censorship

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead have censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum. The cost of the speech was $7,080. A vote of

Dallas Cowboys players kneel together with their arms locked prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas USA TODAY Sports

John Andrist: Free Speech Requires Dilligence

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. I don’t remember hearing those words as a child. But I remember my parents using the admonition to mollify my little brother. Our family was sometimes a warring bunch, and when Willie came along he was an easy target for three siblings

Members of white nationalists clash against a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

You Don’t Have to Agree With Speech to Believe It Should Be Protected

When I was an elementary school kid I got in trouble for fighting with another boy on the playground during recess. I felt my cause was righteous. The boy had been picking on me, then shoved me to the ground, so I gave him a poke in the nose as retribution. Needless to say, we

Stained glass window in memory of John Merriam, who was Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and father of William Merriam, who was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1888, in St. Paul's Church-on-the-Hill, 1524 Summit Avenue, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press

Why Shouldn’t We Have Free Speech in Church?

The Trump administration has been signaling their intent to roll back what’s called the Johnson Amendment. Essentially federal policies which prohibits 501(c)3 non-profit groups, including religious organizations like churches, from endorsing candidates. “Free speech shouldn’t stop at the door of our churches, synagogues and places of worship,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the annual meeting

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