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Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Shields Church From Minister's Lawsuit | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees of religious organizations whose job duties reflect "a role in conveying the Church's message and carrying out its mission" ar...

Mike Sacks

Occupy Wall Street Makes Official Call To Amend Constitution | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Efforts to amend the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people and money is not speech gained support in two notable New York forums th...

What Are The Rights Of OWS Reporters Covering Protests?

The Nation | Posted 01.05.2012 | Media

Reporting on protests is no easy job—just ask the thirty-six reporters arrested while covering the Occupy movement, from New York to Boston to Nashv...

Should Christians Ask: Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Good Christians should be good citizens. But being a good citizen (or good government official) does not require being a good Christian.

Could Democracy Be Destroyed in the Name of Free Speech?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Let's face it -- the wealthy have always had a more powerful voice than the poor or the middle class. But corporate money has the capacity to tip the scales so far that even near balance is virtually impossible.

Occupy DC Files For Permanent Injunction To Protect Tent Camp

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy DC has filed for an injunction that would permanently bar the government from dismantling the tent city in McPherson Square, wher...

A Brave New Fahrenheit 2012

Duncan Quirk | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

In a time where our government cannot come to a necessary bipartisan solution to save our country from economic collapse under enormous debt, it is astonishing how much support these pieces of legislation that diminish our civil rights are receiving.

Neil Gaiman Talks Firefly, Free Speech On Campus, and One of the Craziest Cases of the Year (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.28.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff


Key Company Reverses Course In Online Piracy Fight

Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

The largest Internet domain registrar and web hosting company Go Daddy has abandoned its support for the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), accor...

Lowe's: 'Let's Build A Prejudiced America?'

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

The world's second-largest hardware chain, Lowe's, proudly displays the slogan "Let's Build Something Together." However, the company's recent actions suggest this togetherness might not include Muslim-Americans.

Christians, Gays And Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.21.2012 | College
David Moshman

The decision of a federal circuit court in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley is not about either Christians or gays. It's a victory for academic freedom and professional ethics, which are fully consistent with both religious liberty and gay rights.

The Constitution v. Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

There's plenty of reason for distrust, even disgust, with the government we have. But the further we go down the anti-government, pro-market line, the harder it becomes to strengthen democracy and build a politics that can address inequality.

Protecting Free Speech Online

Chris Dodd | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

Does freedom of speech require the freedom to steal? That's what some are arguing, comparing our efforts to protect American jobs from international criminal enterprises who profit from the theft of intellectual property online to the censorship policies of repressive regimes.

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

Judges Should Stop Giving Deference to School Officials

Adam Goldstein | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

It is time to end this bizarre practice that assumes judges who are competent to decide whether a man lives or dies for his crimes are incompetent to decide whether a school administrator crossed a line in a strip-search.

Leesburg's Crucified Skeleton Santa Is Now Decapitated

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Loudoun County Courthouse's inflammatory Santa Claus, a Christmas display of a skeleton St. Nick hanging on a cross that was torn do...

A Christmas (or Is It Holiday?) Carol

Todd Brewster | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Todd Brewster

The flip side of the "Old Fashioned Holiday" music industry: Where one is overzealous about keeping religion out of the public sphere, the other is overzealous about putting it back in and at this time of year, both sides come a-wassailing.

Rick Perry Decks The Halls With Boughs Of Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

You don't need to be a Christian -- or a constitutional scholar -- to know that there's something wrong in this country when candidates for president can openly express their ignorance about the First Amendment.

No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Tell me, Governor Perry, when you talk about "prayer in school," do you mean all prayer? Would you object to Muslims pulling out prayer rugs and bowing to Mecca? Jews opening their Torah and chanting? A Native American prayer dance, a Sikh kirtan, or a New Age affirmation litany?

The Real Danger in That Bloggers-Aren't-Journalists Ruling

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.

Speak Out: America Is a Free Speech Forum

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

When political protest is caged, it's not just the rights of a few protesters that are at stake. The very definition of freedom is in danger. Freedom cannot be exercised from within a cage.

Occupy DC Wins Legal Victory In Fight To Stay In Park

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.06.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy DC has won a major legal victory vindicating the right to protest in McPherson Square, where demonstrators have lived in tents si...

Skeletal Santa Hanging On Crucifix Sparks Controversy

Posted 12.06.2011 | Weird News

'Tis the season for a Christmas decoration scandal. A Virginia town is grappling with a controversy pitting free speech advocates against Christma...

Dan Froomkin

Is The U.N. Coming To Occupy's Rescue? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why fe...

How Newt Saved Porn

Mother Jones | Tim Murphy | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 is not a subject that Newt Gingrich likes to talk about on the campaign trail....