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PC police, Big Green environmentalists are turning America into a First Amendment-free zone

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America is rapidly becoming a First Amendment-free zone, thanks to the growing power of the PC police in the media and on campus and among Big Green environmentalists in the nonprofit community.

American University adjunct professor and veteran self-described "progressive activist" Caleb Rossiter is the latest victim, thanks to an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal opinion pages questioning global warming.

Rossiter's sin was describing global warming as an "unproved science" and advocating that developing African nations be allowed to adopt the same "all-of-the-above" energy policies as the U.S. follows.

No time for free speech

Rossiter's reward was to be terminated as an associate fellow by the Institute for Policy Studies. Despite his 23-year relationship with IPS, Rossiter was fired via email.

“I have tried to get them to discuss and explain their rejection of my analysis,' Rossiter told Climate Depot's Marc Morano, who broke the story last week.

“When I countered a claim of ‘rapidly accelerating’ temperature change with the [UN] IPCC’s own data’, showing the nearly 20-year temperature pause — the best response I ever got was ‘Caleb, I don’t have time for this,’” Rossiter said.

Shut up or else!

Then there's George Will, the Pulitzer Prize winning conservative opinion columnist for the Washington Post who has attracted the ire of the radical feminist department of the PC cops.

Will made the mistake of voicing his view that progressive sexual mores have led to the "rape culture" on many American campuses.

That prompted outraged protests and demands for Will's firing from UltraViolet, a heretofore little-known feminist group.

“In the face of a national epidemic of sexual violence, The Washington Post should take a stand against rape – starting by firing George Will,” UltraViolet said in a news release.

These are mainstream lefties

UltraViolet's founder is Nita Chaudhary. And who is Nita Chaudhary? She is the wife of Jesse Lee, the Obama White House's director of progressive media and online response.

Chaudhary is also a former Moveon.org campaign director and former Democratic National Committee online director.

These things are happening because, as the Washington Examiner's T. Becket Adams noted, "because we won't be able to grow and mature as a society until we have silenced all opinions and worldviews that differ from our own. Conform."

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

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Sunday's Editorial: Now the IRS claims Lois Lerner's emails lost in computer crash.

Watchdog/Richard Pollock: Most Obamacare co-ops fell far short of enrollment targets.

Columnists/Hugh Hewitt: Wanted -- 118 House Republicans with the guts to vote for Raul Labrador as Majority Leader.

Columnists/James Jay Carafano: On Obama's Mission Incomprehensible for the U.S. military.

Columnists/Michael Barone: Obama follows the polls on foreign policy but the public has turned against him.

Columnists/Timothy P. Carney: Eric Cantor's loss gives GOP a chance to be the genuine party of the people.

OpEds/Elizabeth Price Foley: Veterans Affairs scandal is a look at the future of Obamacare.

OpEds/Naomi Lopez Bauman: Bedside rationing is coming with Obamacare.

Beltway Confidential/Byron York: White House story falls apart on immigrant surge.

PennAve/Sean Lengell: Dual nationals play a key role in U.S. World Cup soccer team.

Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: First Circuit rejects class-action lawsuit against Raytheon alleging beryllium exposure.

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Righty Playbook

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National Review Online: The dog ate my emails.

The American Conservative: How immigration topples GOP incumbents.

Bonus must-read

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Lefty Playbook

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New Republic: The unelectable whiteness of Scott Walker.

Bonus must-read

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Blog Right

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Hot Air: Colorado governor apologizes to sheriffs for not consulting them on gun-control laws.

Powerline: Obama wants to leverage his Iraq debacle into a rapproachment with Iran.

Blog Left

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Slate: In defense of laptops in college classrooms.

Fire Dog Lake: Obviously, this was worth hurting the poor over.

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Mark Tapscott

Executive Editor
The Washington Examiner