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Godwin's Law, the Speaker and the Press

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.10.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

And so it was in mid-May, when state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican, grew frustrated with what he saw as efforts by Speaker O'Brien, also a Republican, to silence him. So Vaillancourt directed a toxic remark at O'Brien: "Seig Heil." He was ejected from the chamber and forced to apologize.

The Supremes Say It's Okay to Steal Your Valor

Jessica Levinson | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The First Amendment protects not just what we want to say and hear, but also disgusting, despicable statements that we would rather people not say or hear.

S.C. Students May Receive Credit For Religious Courses

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

In a "tremendous victory for religious education," a South Carolina court has ruled that students may receive credit for taking religious courses that...

The Bible And Constitution Protect The KKK's Right To 'Adopt-A-Highway'

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Racist, homophobic and hateful organizations like the KKK undermine their ideology more than promote it. Allowing them to speak in public helps expose them for who they are. The best way to respond and defeat those ideologies is by exposing them.

Judge: Churches Allowed Access To City Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education

New York City public schools may no longer bar churches from conducting service events on school premises, a federal judge ruled Friday. The ruling...

Odd Supreme Court Ruling Draws Ire From Veterans

AP | ALLEN REED | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Jack Jacobs can proudly – and truthfully – say he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Vietnam. Afte...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Says It's No Crime To Lie About Military Honors | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress improperly criminalized lies about receiving military honors, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. In striking down the Stol...

The Corporate Fallacy

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

The U.S. Supreme Court conservative majority is in essence decreeing a return to the old system of political patronage, where corporations and their wealthy supporters elect our representatives, instead of ordinary citizens.

Putting The 'Free' In Free Speech

AP | Posted 06.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Newseum its waiving its admission fee for youth visitors ages 18 and under during the summer months. The museum about journalism an...

WATCH: Montana Gov Reacts To Supreme Court Ruling On Political Spending Limits

Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger (R) voiced opposition to the Supreme Court decision issued Monday striking down ...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Reverses Anti-Citizens United Ruling From Montana | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down Montana's century-old limits on corporate political spending, putting an end to the state's...

What the F***?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided FCC v. Fox Television Stations. What's the real significance of the case? It is this: Throughout its opinion, the Court repeatedly wrote f*** and s***. It declined to acknowledge the actual words at stake. This is depressing.

Religious Freedom

Karen Hart | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Karen Hart

We cannot go to other countries and tell their leaders to honor liberty, religious freedom, and human rights if we are failing to practice them in our own backyard.

The Unamerican States of America

Imren Johar | Posted 08.18.2012 | Teen
Imren Johar

Our history is riddled with glaring inconsistencies as our actions fail to reflect the supposed "American spirit."

Victory for Student Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down University of Cincinnati's Tiny Free Speech Zone

Will Creeley | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Will Creeley

Prior to this week, UC maintained an incredibly tiny free-speech zone, limiting student "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to a space covering a miniscule 0.1 percent of the school's 137-acre campus.

Court Rules Catholic Group Can 'Intervene' In Dispute Over A Jesus Statue On Public Land

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.14.2012 | Religion

According to a Montana federal judge, a Catholic benefits organization has the right to intervene in an attempt to keep a statue of Jesus Christ on Fo...

Judge Rules Ohio College Violating Free Speech Rights

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.16.2012 | College

A federal court told the University of Cincinnati it must rewrite policies restricting protests on campus. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ruled ...

Ward Churchill in the Journal of Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 08.14.2012 | College
David Moshman

Churchill was fired in 2007 and brought a First Amendment lawsuit that remains in progress. Because his case raises crucial issues of academic freedom, it is important that the conclusions of the Colorado AAUP report be widely disseminated.

Fixing Citizens United

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

There are those who say that money doesn't really matter. What matters, they say, is the quality of the candidates and the strength of their ideas. Unfortunately, in a world of high-stakes and high-cost media, this is nonsense.

Should Cursing Residents Be Fined $20?

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 06.11.2012 | Money

These days, it seems swearing in public has become commonplace. To combat the habit, one Massachusetts town is considering the adoption of a local law...

Churchill Fights To Get His Job Back In CO Supreme Court Today

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.07.2012 | Denver

Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill may have been fired five years ago, but he's not done fighting to get his job back. The Col...

Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Zinnia Jones

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.

Charles Darwin, Hugh Hefner And High Quality Science Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Never once in my years of writing did I imagine being able to write about Charles Darwin and Hugh Hefner in the same essay. But perhaps the link between the two isn't all the difficult to envision.

Memorial Day in the Rearview Mirror

Mike Feder | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Feder

At cyber-speed, Memorial Day 2012, is fast slipping into history. But there are important things to note about this national day of remembrance... Th...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Finds Dick Cheney's Secret Service Agents Immune | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secret Service agents who arrested a man after he disparaged and then touched Dick Cheney cannot be sued for violating the man's free sp...