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Freedom from Speech

Brian Rooney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Brian Rooney

If you believe in free speech, don't go to college. What happened at the University of Missouri in Columbia this week shows that a lot of college students and even some of their faculty don't believe in the exchange of free speech and ideas anymore.

The Coming Battles Over Religious Objections to Participation in Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Legally Complex

Kevin Sali | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Kevin Sali

When these cases arise, the question that usually comes up is whether state or federal law provides any sort of religion-based exemption from compliance with certain laws. Like any other question involving a potential conflict between two sources of law, this can be quite complex.

Dear Melissa Click: Your Apology Is Bulls***

Adam Goldstein | Posted 11.11.2015 | Media
Adam Goldstein

The Mizzou professor caught on camera trying to stop student journalists from reporting in a public space issued an apology for her actions, and it's a wholly self-serving insincere joke that only underscores how little she thinks she did wrong.

Religious Liberty Is Not a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Religious liberty should not and cannot be used as a weapon of discrimination. We need to be very clear that we will not allow the radical religious right to undermine the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans or anyone else under the guise of religious liberty.

Bill O'Reilly: PC Campus Culture 'Beginning Of Totalitarian Society'

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media

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Verizon's Twisted Plan to Censor Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The framers of the Constitution couldn't have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate worldwide via interconnected digital platforms. This exponential growth of speech is without precedent -- and it requires us to be clear on who the real speakers are.

The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

Bill Blum | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

The most important dimension in the many-sided struggle to blunt the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won't be waged in courtrooms or legislatures. It will be conducted from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

5 Points on the State of Free Speech in the U.S. and Abroad

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The problem is that, to a large degree, it seems that American intellectuals -- particularly those in academia -- have fallen out of love with freedom of speech.

Conscientious Objection and Religious Freedom

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Ms. Davis has every right to her religious principles. As an elected official, she has every right to hold her office. However, gay couples also now have the right to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County. As a result, Ms. Davis has several choices.

On Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties, Hillary Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

If George Bush claimed he were a progressive, we would rightly laugh. Yet no one -- no one -- challenged Clinton's unequivocal claim to progressivism at the CNN Democratic debate earlier this week.

Sheriff Hanlin Is the Kim Davis of Gun Control

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

In the letter to Joe Biden, an emboldened, defiant, and lawless Sheriff Hanlin declared his opposition to any gun control legislation and his commitment as sheriff to disobey any such laws. Simply stated, the sheriff went on record saying he would break the law by ignoring the law, because that law violated his First Amendment personal beliefs

Ten Commandments Momument Removed From Oklahoma Capitol Grounds

Reuters | Sam Levine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

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Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

We Will Not Be Silenced: Resisting Repression of Student Activism for Palestine

Omar Zahzah | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Omar Zahzah

After three years of being involved with Students for Justice in Palestine, my incredulity at the repeated attempts of those in power to suspend freedom of speech when it came to Palestine gave way to an almost jaded nonchalance.

The Zax Are Back

Jim Moore | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

In a bit over a year, on election day, we will have the opportunity to build a highway of consensus over those stubborn Zax, and drive far beyond the Beltway of Prax. Just watch out for the Sneetches on your way.

Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago's Academic Freedom Statement

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."

A Life in America Without Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

They say that America is the land of the free. It's a principle upon which our nation was built, enshrined in the First Amendment and the national anthem taught in schools. But as I hiked into the woods to find a place to hide my sacred eagle feathers out of fear of being arrested, I wondered how free we really are.

College Newspapers and the Uncomfortable Necessity of Dissent

Michael Darer | Posted 09.23.2015 | College
Michael Darer

This is not to say that opinions cannot or do not hurt. That would be equally ridiculous. However, to confuse one's own emotional response to an opinion with a factual assessment of the piece's value or intent is dangerous and irresponsible.

Teaching About Religion in Schools Need Not Be Daunting

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Here are just a few of the organizations that are working to make sure that classrooms become better equipped to teach about religion, diversity and pluralism.

Donald Trump's Latest Cease-And-Desist Letter Looks Like A Big Loser

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson on His Disregard for the U.S. Constitution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a highly educated person, as a candidate for the presidency, and as someone who has co-authored, along with your wife Candy, a book titled A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, you should have a more enlightened understanding of our nation's foundational document.

Ben Carson Is Dead Wrong About A Muslim President And The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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After Kim Davis, A New Way Forward for Religious Freedom?

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.

Religious Liberty and Spider Monkeys

Byron Williams | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Byron Williams

What else could explain public support for Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County in northeastern Kentucky, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs?

Kim Davis And The Freedom of Religion

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Kim Davis situation raises interesting questions about the meaning and practical effect of the freedom of religion. Although, for reasons that I will explain, the issue today is one of public policy, rather than constitutional law, the evolution of constitutional principles in this realm is illuminating.