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ACLU To Defend Colorado Man's Right To Flip Off Cop (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.26.2011 | Denver

Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man arrested for extending his middle finger toward a Colorado State Trooper, will receive free defense services fr...

School District Rescinds 'Boobies' Bracelet Ban

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.17.2011 | Denver

Moffat County School District reversed their ban on the "I Heart Boobies! Keep a Breast!" bracelets on Monday, saying in a press release that they nev...

Shock Troops Used to Prevent Vet-Led Flower Laying Ceremony at War Memorial

Kevin Zeese | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

As a result of the events on the 20th, 32 people have been arrested. Daniel Ellsberg said when the magistrate told him the charge was "unlawful assembly" he thought: "Unlawful assembly? I thought of that as a pre-Revolutionary charge.

Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Fired Church Teacher

Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday (March 28) to consider whether a teacher who was fired from a ...

Judge: Teen Can Wear Anti-Gay Shirt To School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In 2006, Naperville's Neuqua Valley High School allowed students to participate in a nationwide "Day of Silence," which promotes tolerance of the gay ...

When a Jerk Blames the Internet for Being a Jerk

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Crystal Syben Haidl

This is a story of two Jerks -- and It unfolds the necessarily complex navigation between privacy, first amendment rights, and accountable practices on the Internet.

"Then the Government Pulled the Plug" -Hillary Clinton

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Unbelievable! That was my reaction when someone first sent me this article. In less than a week after we cheered the outbreak of democracy in Egypt,...

You Are Being Watched (And The ACLU Doesn't Like It)

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The American Civil Liberties Union released a scathing report Tuesday that calls on the city of Chicago to halt the expansion of its massive surveilla...

Judge's Ten Commandments Poster Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) An Ohio county court judge who argued that it was his First Amendment right to hang a poster about the...

Disabled Vet Accused Of Stalking Westboro Baptist Church Members

The Wichita Eagle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WICHITA, Kan. In a case that has captured national attention, a double-amputee war veteran already accused of misdemeanors against a controversial Top...

Why The Harvard Law Review Comment Defending Campus Speech Codes Matters

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

After 20 years of universities trying to dupe the public into believing that speech codes are okay by re-characterizing them as harassment policy codes, people of influence are starting to believe them.

The Myths Of American Religious Freedom

David Sehat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Sehat

Rather than advancing the same tired myths, which result in gridlock and falsity in public debate, it is time that we stopped celebrating ourselves and started looking seriously at our past.

WikiLeaks and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed SHIELD Act is plainly unconstitutional as applied to individuals or organizations who might publish or otherwise disseminate government information after it has been leaked.

Most Schools Violate Student Free Speech Rights: FIRE Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Two thirds of colleges maintain speech codes that violate students' First Amendment rights, according to a new report released by the Foundation for I...

Obama Clarifies Religious Liberty Protections, Strengthens Foundation Of Faith-Based Policy

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

It was not fast and it did not finish the job, but the Obama administration's executive order clarifying policies on government partnerships with faith-based organizations is important.

Amanda Terkel

Ken Buck Disagrees With Separation Of Church And State | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Colorado Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck last year said he "strongly" disagrees with one of the bedrock prin...

The First Amendment and Hate Speech

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

There are two axioms of free speech -- one is the "fire in a theater" principle and the other states that "your right to swing your arm freely ends at the other person's nose."

Justice Stephen Breyer: Enemy of Free Speech

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Harden

Is Breyer so infatuated with security that he is willing trade in our basic freedoms for it? Burning a Quran is a stupid thing to do but we must not allow the illiberality of our enemies to infect our constitutional rights.

Constitution Day: Celebrate The Birth Of America With A New Illustrated Constitution (PHOTOS)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

The words are from our founding fathers. But the illustrations are all Sam's. He is ninety-four now and his passion for freedom is unabated. To him, the Constitution epitomizes the unique American attachment to freedom.

Author Salman Rushdie Defends Muslims' Right To Build Mosque

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — "The Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie is not a great fan of organized worship but believes an Islamic center and mosque should b...

Worse Than Shouting "Fire" in a Crowded Theatre and Even Worse Than Janet Jackson's Bare Breasts

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greene

Pastor Jones has the right to burn every Quran he can find in the state of Florida. And he can do it naked. But advertising the act took it to another level.

Why Al Franken Was Right About Net Neutrality

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Last week Senator Al Franken made an important speech, calling Internet neutrality "the First Amendment issue of our time." If I had heard that claim...

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

On Cat Videos and Human Rights

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Throughout its history, the U.S has positioned itself as a beacon of democracy, free speech and freedom of expression. It is essential that we lead in the preservation of human rights online.

Obama Is Becoming the Most Anti-Privacy President Ever

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

In an apparent application of PATRIOT Act principles, the FBI is seeking the unimpeded right to request Internet records without public notice of any type, and ironically, without it being required to keep a record of the FBI's request.