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First Amendment Rights

What the Founding Fathers Really Learned from the Puritans About Religious Freedom

MOMocrats | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
MOMocrats

In the days of the New World, the earliest leaders of the colonies were often the reverends and other church leaders. The rule of law was God's law, as interpreted by the church leaders.

Cannibal Cop and the First Amendment: Freedom for Thoughts and Fantasies We Hate

Clay Calvert | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Cyberspace is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression.

'Legal Tender' -- Donny Rico on How Chevron's Legal Thuggery Really Works

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron has spent millions upon millions of dollars in an abusive "scorched earth" legal strategy to attack not only the villagers and their representatives who have held the company accountable in Ecuador, but virtually anyone who supports them.

Why These Religious Leaders Are Suing North Carolina

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

The fight for marriage equality continues in North Carolina, but it's now being spearheaded by religious figures who say their First Amendment rights ...

Another University Stops Students From Passing Out Copies Of The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 04.26.2014 | College

Two students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo are suing the school, claiming their constitutional rights were violated when they were barred from...

Supreme Court Should Decide Whether Rap Lyrics Are Free Speech

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Clay Calvert

It's time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the critical issue of how the combustible combination of rap music, social media and violent imagery are pushing the envelope of the First Amendment right to free speech.

Maine Governor Proposes State Commission To Fact-Check Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to have the state's ethics panel fact-check campaign statements is raising concerns about possible First Amen...

Animal Rights and the Erosion of the First Amendment: AETA, Ag-Gag and Why You Should Care

Anjali Sareen | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Anjali Sareen

It's not simply the curtailment of practices used by activists to expose animal operations; it's in fact the abridgment of the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

Let Freedom and Cash Registers Ring

John Conway | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
John Conway

To deny service or business interaction to other American based on a religious objection is itself not a protection of religious freedom but a direct assault upon it.

Activists are fighting to speak. Are you willing to listen?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Rachel Meeropol, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and lead counsel on Blum v. Holder, a first amendment challenge to t...

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.

5 Things to Remember When Discussing This Duck Dynasty Mess

Chris Boeskool | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Boeskool

What is noteworthy is the conversation that is going to take place over the next couple of days on social media. I say "conversation," but really it's mostly going to be a bunch of angry people who are certain that God is on their side typing in ALL CAPS.

Court Hears Case Of Colorado Bakery Accused Of Discriminating Against Gay Couple

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 12.04.2013 | Gay Voices

DENVER (AP) — A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court. ...

Why the University of Kansas Was Wrong to Suspend Tweeting Professor

Will Creeley | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Professor Guth accepted the suspension, apparently because he was receiving threats. But if he's receiving threats, it's the university's duty to protect him, not suspend him. In a free society, we can't allow those who threaten speakers with violence to win by silencing voices they don't like.

Learning From Europe's 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

As the United States debates the precarious state of privacy rights in light of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs, American law could benefit from the underlying principle of the "right to be forgotten" -- dignity.

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.

The Separation of Church and State -- Then and Now

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

In the recurrent clash over the separation of church and state, both the religious right and the secular left invoke the Founding Fathers' original intent to justify their positions. In reality, neither side is completely correct on the historical dimension of the issue.

Freedom of the Press v. National Security -- A Tough Balance

Lanny Davis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I for one believe the bar should be very, very high -- that is two "very's" -- before any reporter should have to be subpoenaed to testify and required to reveal the source of a story.

Marijuana Publishers File First Amendment Lawsuit Against Colorado

Posted 05.30.2013 | Denver

Three marijuana publications have filed suit to block a provision of Colorado's new Amendment 64 law that requires pot magazines to be treated like po...

University Of Buffalo Professor Arrested For Profanity Use Against Student Pro-Life Display

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

A University at Buffalo professor was arrested after unleashing a profanity-laced tirade over a pro-life display on the university's campus, according...

Fox News Reporter Faces Jail For Doing Her Job On Aurora Shooting

FoxNews.com | Posted 06.05.2013 | Crime

Fox News reporter Jana Winter faces jail for doing her job too well. She's not been accused of any crime, only of protecting the identity of confiden...

Ward Churchill's Appeal To Reclaim CU Job Rejected By High Court

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.01.2013 | Denver

Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill will not be teaching again at CU-Boulder anytime soon. The Associated Press reports that the...

Hustler v. Falwell: 25 Years of Protected Satire

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Media
Roy S. Gutterman

The landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v. Falwell turned 25 this week. When a Supreme Court precedent reaches this age, its legacy is either firmly developed or lost to the history books.

Our Freedom of Speech

Rachel Demma | Posted 04.30.2013 | Teen
Rachel Demma

Upon arrival at a Model United Nations conference, five classmates and I begrudgingly attended what we assumed would be an incredibly boring event: Opening Ceremonies. Much to our surprise, the event was not tedious at at all, but instead extremely controversial.