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Free Speech on Campus: The 10 Worst Offenders of 2014

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Schools all across the country not only fall short on promises of free expression and academic freedom but openly suppress constitutionally protected speech on campus by using tools such as speech codes to shut down forms of expression that might be uncomfortable, disagreeable, or even offensive to some members of the campus community.

I'm With Stupid: How to Make Sure You're Buying a Christian Potato

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

Janie Velencia

An Officially Christian America Sounds Just Right To Most Republicans

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

Republican Party candidates like to say that America is a Christian nation. It turns out most Republicans are willing to make that official. Fifty-...

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

RIP The Joe DiMaggio of the First Amendment

Mike Edison | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media
Mike Edison

Herald Price Fahringer had always loomed large in my imagination. What self-respecting journalist wouldn't want to find themselves as the defendant in a First Amendment case?

City Forced To Allow 'Reason Station' Alongside 'Prayer Station'

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

A Detroit suburb that allows a “prayer station” set up in city hall must also permit an atheist to set up a “reason station,” a federal judge ...

Should News Outlets, Social Media and Internet Services Curb Public Access to ISIS?

Peter Scheer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Media
Peter Scheer

news organizations, social media and internet services have editorial discretion -- protected by the first amendment--to deny ISIS access to their audiences. To the extent they do so, more power to them. They are acting responsibly, in my opinion.

Activism With or Without God

Reverend Billy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Reverend Billy

More of our activism needs a spiritual basis, and that doesn't only mean the absence of mindless confrontation. Spirit is laughter, shape-shifting and music.

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Stanley Fish on Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
David Moshman

Interested in academic freedom? If so, you should read Stanley Fish's new book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution. I hasten to add that you should disagree with much of it, and you probably will.

Charlie Hebdo and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

After the murderous attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, one might wonder whether a newspaper that published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the United States would be protected by the First Amendment. The government might make two primary arguments in support of a law prohibiting the publication of the cartoons.

Trademark Your Memorable Phrases

Brad Reid | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Memorable phrases that capture the popular imagination are commercially worth millions of dollars. Consequently, it is no surprise that Taylor Swift has trademarked a variety of phrases from her songs.

Challenges to My Self-Esteem

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I have a strong, healthy dose of self-esteem. This is fortunate because recently there has been a steady stream of damaging messages coming from the media, politicians and religious leaders. There are plenty of voices proclaiming that there is something wrong with me.

Dana Liebelson

U.S. Government Takes Unprecedented Action Against Revenge Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission made an unprecedented move against "revenge porn" on Thursday, reaching a settlement with the alleged opera...

The Upside of Your Dark Side, Free Speech, and 'Problems of Comfort'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I believe that we can expect threats to freedom of speech to get worse as human beings are likely to expect not just greater physical comfort as time goes by, but greater "intellectual comfort" as well.

Political Pundits Don't Understand Free Speech

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has ignited a number of conversations about free speech. Unfortunately most of the media people who talk about free speech either don't understand it or intentionally mislead their viewers.

Civility and Free Speech in Education

David Moshman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
David Moshman

Charlie Hebdo could be published in the United States. But what if it were distributed in schools or assigned for students to read? Is uncivil speech protected by the First Amendment? This is a question not so easily answered. The short answer is this: In general, yes; but in education, no.

Why Suppressing Free Speech to Protect Religion Is a Bad Idea

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Sanjay Sanghoee

All we will accomplish is an environment where prejudice and hatred fester and grow in the shadows, and where extremists use incitement as an excuse for their atrocities (at least in their propaganda). It shouldn't be hard to see why this is a bad idea.

The Attacks in Paris Are a Clarifying Moment for Freedom of Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The terrorist attacks in Paris, for all their horror and barbarity, are a clarifying event. Freedom of speech, we can all see, is the ultimate soft target, as vulnerable as it is precious.

Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Charges Dropped in Utah -- But There's Still Work to Do

Michael A. Webermann | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Michael A. Webermann

If you aren't familiar with ag-gag laws, think of them as anti-whistleblower laws, criminalizing the act of photographing abuses on agriculture facilities or slaughterhouses. Six states have successfully passed these laws.

Vague Professional Codes Threaten Student Speech Rights

Will Creeley | Posted 01.15.2015 | College
Will Creeley

The stakes for student speech in Keefe and Oyama are high. Like FIRE and other free speech watchdogs, students nationwide should hope that the First Amendment isn't expelled from professional programs at our public universities.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

Je Suis Larry Flynt?

Victor Dorff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Victor Dorff

In our society, vulgarians like Larry Flynt and the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo are the vanguard who protect freedom of speech. They are the canary in the coal mine, whose death warns us of the unseen dangers gathering around us.

And the winner is...

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.09.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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