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Nat Hentoff (born June 10, 1925) is an American civil libertarian, free speech absolutist, pro-life advocate, anti-death penalty advocate, jazz critic, historian, biographer and anecdotist, and columnist for the Village Voice, Legal Times, Washington Times, The Progressive, Editor & Publisher, Free Inquiry and Jewish World Review. He was named as one of six 2004 NEA Jazz Masters, the first non-musician to win this prestigious award. June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... A civil libertarian is one who is actively concerned with the protection of individual civil liberties and civil rights. ... Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what one pleases, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. ... It has been suggested that Anti-abortion movement be merged into this article or section. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the State as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offenses. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... The Washington Times is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1982 as a conservative alternative to the Washington Post by members of the controversial Unification Church. ... The Progressive is an American monthly magazine of politics and culture with a pronounced left-of-center perspective. ... Editor & Publisher (E&P) is a now-monthly journal covering the North American newspaper industry. ... The Council for Secular Humanism (originally the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, or CODESH) regards itself as the only exclusively secular humanist organization in the USA. In 1980 CODESH issued A Secular Humanist Declaration. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The NEA, or National Endowment for the Arts, every year honors up to seven jazz musicians with Jazz Master Awards. ...

In recent years, he has become a vocal critic of the organization he once supported, the American Civil Liberties Union, for its support of government-enforced campus and workplace speech codes [1] and affirmative action, which he considers to be state-sponsored racial and ethnic discrimination. In effect, he has criticized the ACLU from the left, accusing it of not standing up strongly enough for free speech and other civil liberties. He now serves on the board of advisors for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties group more radical than the ACLU. Hentoff's book, Free Speech for Me -- But Not for Thee outlines his views on free speech and excociates those who favor any form of censorship. The ACLU logo The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a major national non-profit organization with headquarters in New York City, whose stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United... A speech code is any rule or regulation that limits, restricts, or bans speech beyond the strict legal limitations upon freedom of speech or press found in the legal definitions of harassment, slander, libel, and fighting words. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about discrimination in the social science sense. ... The FIRE logo. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

He is strongly critical of Bush Administration policies such as the Patriot Act and the civil liberties implications of the recent push for "homeland security." He was also strongly critical of Clinton Administration policies such as the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. George W. Bush administration is the administration of the 43rd president of the United States of America, 2001-present George H. W. Bush administration is the administration of the 41st president of the United States of America, 1989-1993 This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise... This article needs cleanup. ... Homeland security refers to domestic governmental actions designed to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, and also respond to natural disasters. ... Order: 42nd President Term of Office: January 20, 1993–January 20, 2001 Preceded by: George H. W. Bush Succeeded by: George W. Bush Date of birth: August 19, 1946 Place of birth: Hope, Arkansas Date of death: Place of death: First Lady: Hillary Rodham Clinton Political party: Democratic Vice President... The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is a series of laws in the US signed into law[1] on April 24, 1996 to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, provide for an effective death penalty, and for other purposes. It was introduced following the Oklahoma City bombing. ...

In February 2003, Hentoff signed a letter circulated by Social Democrats, USA advocating the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq on human rights grounds, citing reports detailing Hussein's disregard for fundamental liberties. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Social Democrats USA (SDUSA) is a small coalition of intellectuals and trade unionists. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, (Arabic: ), (born April 28, 1937 ), was the President of Iraq from 1979 until the United States-led invasion of Iraq reached Baghdad on April 9, 2003. ...

Despite what are generally considered leftist views, he developed pro-life views in the 1980s.[2] A former Jew and an atheist, Hentoff declared that his views had nothing to do with faith, and that shortly after he "came out" as a pro-life, several of his colleagues at The Village Voice stopped speaking to him. In October 2005, Hentoff was honored by the Human Life Foundation at the Third Annual Great Defender of Life dinner. The Village Voice is a weekly newspaper in New York City featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Hentoff was educated at Boston Latin School, Northeastern University, and Harvard. Motto Sumus Primi Founded April 23, 1635 Head Master Ms. ... This article is about the American institution. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


  • Does Anybody Give a Damn?: Nat Hentoff on Education Random House; (1977)
  • Our Children Are Dying
  • A Doctor Among Addicts
  • Peace Agitator: The Story of A. J Muste ISBN 0960809600
  • The New Equality
  • The First Freedom: The Tumultuous History of Free Speech in America
  • The Day They Came to Arrest the Book ISBN 0440918146
  • The Man from Internal Affairs
  • Boston Boy: Growing Up With Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions ISBN 096796752X
  • John Cardinal O'Connor: At the Storm Center of a Changing American Catholic Church
  • Free Speech for Me -- But Not for Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other ISBN 0060995106
  • Listen to the Stories: Nat Hentoff on Jazz and Country Music
  • Living the Bill of Rights: How to Be an Authentic American ISBN 0520219813
  • The Nat Hentoff Reader ISBN 0306810840
  • The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance ISBN 1583226214
  • The Jazz Life ISBN 0306800888
  • Does This School Have Capital Punishment?
  • I'm Really Dragged But Nothing Gets Me Down
  • Jazz Country
  • This School is Driving Me Crazy

For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


"I'm a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer." This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ...

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NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. Bill Moyers Interviews Nat Hentoff . 2.28.03 | PBS (2758 words)
NAT HENTOFF: What I would do is what William Sessions, former head of the FBI, former head of the CIA said in criticizing the Attorney General's dragnet approach to this sort of thing.
NAT HENTOFF: Because you-- the-- you know the Attorney General said, "There is no expectation of privacy in a public place like a church or a political gathering." But there is no expectation that the person next to you is an FBI agent recording what you're saying and the fact that you are there.
NAT HENTOFF: And it was Dick Armey, when he was the hou-- House Majority Leader, who se-- stripped from the-- the Homeland Security Bill something that had been put in by the Justice Department and approved by the President.
BuzzFlash > Interviews > Nat Hentoff (3285 words)
Nat Hentoff has spent a lifetime defending the Bill of Rights and is a widely acknowledged authority on the First Amendment.
Nat Hentoff: Long before 9/11, long before Bush came into office, there were people in the Justice Department who wanted some level, say, of the Patriot Act, and later executive orders, but they couldn’t quite get them in.
Nat Hentoff: One thing is, unlike Ashcroft, who is sort of a lightning rod because of his rather confrontational nature, Gonzales is mild mannered, soft spoken, generally referred to as a nice guy, and very manipulative.
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