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Justice Thomas Hasn't Uttered A Word From The Bench In 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

Justice Clarence Thomas will soon celebrate 10 years of not speaking during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported on ...

Religious Leaders in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley Offer Support for Muslims

Lloyd Steffen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Lloyd Steffen

The statement of support for Muslims was not directed at any individual or group but at attitudes that are contrary to ideals widely shared in America about religious people from different traditions respecting one another and living together in peace.

Ferguson Moves On, But Reporters Arrested There Still Being Prosecuted

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has tried to take steps toward reforming a...

Why Donald Trump's Decision to Skip the Next Debate Is Actually Serious Business (Opinion)

Jason Fuller | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jason Fuller

Donald Trump just fired himself from the next Republican debate. At a press event earlier this evening, Trump announced that he "most likely" will no...

Judge Throws Out Order Requiring Sources To Reveal Bloomberg Contacts

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.22.2016 | Media

A judge in Delaware bankruptcy court has thrown out an order requiring more than 120 people to reveal any contact they had with Bloomberg reporters i...

Bernie Sanders Wants To Kill Citizens United. It's Actually Not That Easy.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

To commemorate the six-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's reviled Citizens United decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lamented the occasion on...

A Cop Was Punished Over Politics, And The Supreme Court May Let His Bosses Get Away With It

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court isn't shy about entertaining partisan issues. But in the case of a New Jersey police officer who was punished fo...

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

SCOTUS Is About to Bring Down a Hammer on Public Sector Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Sometime during the next few months, the US Supreme Court will issue a decision that could profoundly weaken public employee unions across the country.

Why Atheists Value Religious Freedom Day

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The idea and character of religious freedom has changed over the years, and unfortunately the change has not always been for the better. But celebrations like Religious Freedom Day can remind us of the full nature of religious freedom.

Freedom of Religion, the New Economies, and the Golden Rule

Blair Forlaw | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Blair Forlaw

These "economies" of people coming together to create, share, give, and add value are spreading organically around the globe as more and more members of all generations strive to create a world where everyone can participate and all can thrive.

Looks Like Scalia Won't Be Saving Public-Sector Unions After All

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public unions clearly appeared to have taken a beating Monday during oral arguments in a major case the Supreme Court is cons...

The Supreme Court Appears Set To Issue Crippling Blow To Public Employee Unions

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court gave every indication on Monday that it is ready and willing to invalidate public uni...

My Brother Was Murdered By A Man With A Gun

Alex Schneps | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Schneps

That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?

How College Students Can Promote Free Speech on Their Campus

Azhar Majeed | Posted 01.07.2016 | College
Azhar Majeed

As a new semester gets underway, the good news is that there are a number of ways for students to improve the climate for free speech at their colleges and universities.

Martin Luther King on the First Amendment

David Moshman | Posted 01.04.2016 | College
David Moshman

The Promised Land, then, is not simply a "safe space." Social justice is not achieved by eliminating "microaggressions" or requiring "trigger warnings." Student activists, whatever their cause, should recognize and insist on intellectual freedom for all.

Religious Liberty and the Neolithic Mindset of Justice Scalia

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

It's not enough for individual believers to worship God as they see fit -- a right which I and most Americans are happy to acknowledge and protect. According to Scalia, the government must place its thumb on the scale and promote and advance religion over non-religion.

Scalia's Views on Religious Neutrality Reveal He Is Neutral on Sanity

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Scalia's views are precisely what our forefathers feared so terribly and worked so diligently to avoid. In addition to ignoring our Bill of Rights, Scalia has abandoned any pretense of logic to support his faith.

The Supreme Court Is Cray If It Doesn't Listen To Killer Mike

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

Once the news got out that Killer Mike, Big Boi, T.I. and other rap notables were joining a legal brief to the Supreme Court, entertainment outlets j...

Down With Freedom Of Speech!*

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 12.23.2015 | Comedy
Daniel P. Malito

As you may or may not have heard, there is a movement currently fomenting on college campuses that has evolved into a protest against being offended. Yes, you read correctly, those wacky Millennials are at it again, and this time they are targeting an edict that most people assumed was at the core of their beliefs - the absolute right of free speech.

Blogger Attacked In Defamation Lawsuit

Jessica Denis | Posted 12.17.2015 | Chicago
Jessica Denis

Whatever their motivation is, as a blogger myself, this is a scary situation. Personally I always try to follow the rules of don't put anything out there that I wouldn't be proud if my kids read, and always keep in mind once it's out there you can't take it back.

Air Force Academy football prayers openly defy, repudiate U.S. law

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Americans have long become accustomed to the cynical use of the "religious liberty" banner as a means towards disguising the theocratic aspirations of right-wing Evangelical Fundamentalist Christians.

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

The Senate Must Stand Up For American Ideals And Against A Religious Ban

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Among those who founded our nation were those fleeing religious persecution. It goes against those basic American ideals to close our doors to visitors and immigrants based on their religion. It is deeply regrettable that this even needs to be said.

Syrian Refugees and the Battle Over the Shining Beacon

Michael Zucker | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

These days the lamp beside the golden door is flickering, uniformly doused by the band of Republican presidential wannabes, their wildly applauding supporters at speeches and rallies, their cheerleaders on Fox News, and scattered Democrats, all of whom reject welcoming the wretched refuse of the teeming Syrian shore.