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First Amendment Rights

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Twitter: The Constitution Project's 2015 Constitutional Champion

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

The details about the scale of NSA's surveillance activities made many people, both at home and abroad, question the security of their data, as well as the role of their service providers in giving the NSA access to it. But now Twitter is doing something about it.

Racist Rants and the University of Oklahoma: Getting It Wrong

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Now, I know it may seem crazy to say that a state university cannot constitutionally expel students for such outrageous speech. But the very point of the First Amendment is that the government cannot censor people (including students) merely because it finds their speech abhorrent.

Free Speech vs. Responsible Speech: We Need to Talk, Again

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We need to talk -- again -- about how we exercise our basic, elemental, Constitutional right to free speech.

Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

On Dec. 10, I was sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S.

Why We Need Judicial Engagement to Protect Internet Speech -- and the Rest of Our Rights, Too

Evan Bernick | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Our right to speak freely is protected, but our rights to earn an honest living, and enjoy any number of activities that make up our daily lives and do not violate the rights of others are left to the mercy of bureaucratic busybodies and entrenched special interests.

KKK To Ferguson Protesters: 'You Have Awakened A Sleeping Giant'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices

Members of a Missouri-based Ku Klux Klan chapter sent a chilling message in Ferguson claiming they will use “lethal force” to defend themselves fr...

Censorship on Michigan's College Campuses Must Stop

Catherine Sevcenko | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Catherine Sevcenko

Regardless of whether censorship is disguised as a "communications policy," a "security fee," or something else, it is unconstitutional. Colleges and universities must stop pretending otherwise.

New Pennsylvania Bill Sets A Precedent For ‘The Erosion Of Free Speech'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices

Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act was signed last week to prevent criminal offenders from causing their victims “mental anguish,” but ma...

Sam Levine

Georgia Reporter Served With Stay-Away Order After Writing Critical Profile Of Candidate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Georgia reporter was served Monday with a temporary protective order barring him from "stalking" a GOP candidate after he wrote a leng...

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

MOMocrats | Posted 09.07.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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.