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1st Amendment

Free Speech or to Be Free of Speech?

Simon Tam | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Simon Tam

We should not let the fear of a football team regaining trademark registration justify the suppression of rights for other groups.

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie!

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The pressure for "conformity of outrage" has its own dangers. We Americans are inclined toward the easy symbolism of yellow ribbons tied on trees or the facile patriotism of American flags on bumper stickers. Conformity of outrage, particularly under public or political pressure, is dangerous too.

'How to Get Away With Murder:' Ferguson

Will Bunch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

This entire choreographed song-and-dance of social injustice is all pointing in one clear direction: Word that will come very soon -- maybe this week, maybe next, most likely on the coldest rainy or snowy day in the forecast -- that Officer Wilson will not face charges.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Divine Government: Prophesying Christian Prayers Have No Place at Government Meetings

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Steven Kurlander

Since its founding, our nation's leaders have tried to balance the freedom to practice any religion with the fact that this country has strong Christian traditions. But the country has grown increasingly polarized by the politicization of Christian (and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish) teachings on social issues.

Better Understanding of Fair Use, Tech Missing From Copyright Hearing

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Fair use is one of many ways Congress has ensured appropriate balance in our copyright law.

It's Not About You

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Christians need to be focused on living their life the way God commanded his followers to so that they may be a part of his Kingdom of Heaven for eternity.

Stop Screaming 'First Amendment'

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

So let's clear this up: Phil Robertson was not deprived of his First Amendment rights. He was absolutely free to make the comments he made. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. In fact, the government stayed completely out of it.

Trustworthy Journalism in a Fact-checking-free World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.

Greater Transparency on NSA Surveillance a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whatever the actual specifics, the NSA controversy itself threatens to undermine netizens' confidence in the integrity of their online communications and trust in our government.

If This Is What the Soviet Union Looks Like, Sign Me Up!

Brian Joyce | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Brian Joyce

Question: How do you know when the media's First Amendment right to free speech is under attack? Answer: Don't worry, they'll tell you!

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

Facts Don't Kill Discussion; Slogans Do

Dylan Brody | Posted 03.15.2013 | Crime
Dylan Brody

The argument that guns don't kill people, people kill people would only make sense if gun control advocates were claiming that the guns had been worki...

Advocacy Tools That Influence Congressional Decision-making

David K. Rehr | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

You now know more than some of the 12,000 plus lobbyists walking through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. Use it to promote your passion -- whatever that passion might be.

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The wellbeing of children is everybody's business, and everybody should mind that children are staring down the barrel of a glow-in-the-dark cheese doodle or sugar-laden cereal loop at foreshadowed health and foreshortened lives.

The Supreme Court's 4-1 Split

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Plenty of attention has been paid recently to splits on the Supreme Court: Who will divide with whom on the Affordable Care Act? Will the existence o...

A Dying Empire Invades Oaksterdam, Our Privacy & Our Speech

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

At freedom's core is protection from arbitrary police power and the right to choose one's own medicine, as well as to express one's opinion, however c...

GOP Candidate Promises War On Porn

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has promised to initiate a war on porn if elected. “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from ...

HR 347 'Trespass Bill' Criminalizes Protest

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

As I write this op-ed, I primp for the mirror -- looking for the most flattering pose -- for my mug shot. Now, don't get the wrong impression; I have...

The Case for Non-Human Personhood Rights

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.12.2012 | Science
Eric Michael Johnson

This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.

The Power of One!

Jim Worth | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

Would you pay $1.00 per month to get rid of PACs, super PACs and the ungodly amount of money being funneled into federal political campaigns?

My Vote on the NATO/G-8 Ordinance

Joe Moreno | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

I voted yes on the NATO/G-8 Ordinance, proposed by Mayor Emanuel, today. While my original position was to vote against this ordinance, my opinion changed over the last two days, because of the changes made to the original proposal.

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

Vermont Dilemma: What Happens When Same-Sex Marriage and the First Amendment Collide?

Todd Brewster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Brewster

The O'Reillys are an Irish Catholic family, and suddenly this summer their inn became the subject of a federal lawsuit and a vicious Internet posting campaign for its decision to deny a lesbian couple its grounds for their marriage rite.

The Ag Gag Bill: Industry Lobbying & Corporate Overreach Run Amok

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 08.07.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Industrial agriculture, like most powerful business interests, has a very effective lobbying organization -- not only in DC, but also in state capitols around the country.