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A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The article likens free speech advocates (like me, I assume) to "gun nuts," claims that campus speech codes have mostly been repealed (which is completely false), then bizarrely questions if people can believe in a diversity of belief. Those of us who are big fans of the concept of pluralism found the latter particularly mystifying.

Signs Point to More Freedom: How a Recent Supreme Court Decision Strengthens the First Amendment

Evan Bernick | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Those who believe, with Abrams, that "the First Amendment is about liberty" and that "we all lose by reading it narrowly" should welcome the ruling in Reed and pay no heed to Post's parade of horribles.

Free Speech Matters

Michael Curtis | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Michael Curtis

Protesters chanting "black lives matter" have heckled, seized the microphone, and shut down a Seattle, Wash., rally for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. An offer to let the protesters speak after Sanders was rejected.

The Story Behind An Iconic Picture Of Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

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3 Quick Notes About 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.

Idaho's Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 08.04.2015 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

The agriculture industry is not known for its transparency. But increasingly routine undercover investigations showing mistreatment of animals have inspired more public interest in how these operations run and what's really happening behind the barn doors.

Free Speech Is No Threat to Gun Ownership

Howard Simon | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Howard Simon

Florida legislators have lost their way on the issue of guns. There is a constitutional right (both state and federal) to own a gun. I get it! But the Second Amendment doesn't trump the First Amendment: The two are not even in conflict.

Free Speech or to Be Free of Speech?

Simon Tam | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Simon Tam

We should not let the fear of a football team regaining trademark registration justify the suppression of rights for other groups.

CISA: The Dirty Deal Between Google and the NSA That No One Is Talking About

Evan Greer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Evan Greer

One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

Meeting First Amendment Standards: In 2015, More Universities Are Making the Grade

Azhar Majeed | Posted 07.30.2015 | College
Azhar Majeed

Yet year after year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), finds that the vast majority of colleges and universities -- both public and private -- maintain speech codes that severely restrict or overly regulate the expression of students and professors.

Dying for a Natural Explanation

Nigel Hughes | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Nigel Hughes

Voices that promoted the value and beauty of viewing the world naturally were cut down by those who prefer a particular supernatural explanation for our origins and, although happening half a world away, this issue resonates directly with critical choices that our own society must make.

OUTRAGEOUS! Animal Rights Activists Prosecuted As 'Terrorists'

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair&nbs...

Being Christian Doesn't Give You The Right To Discriminate

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The fight here is not about religious freedom. The courts have already determined what is and isn't covered, and arguments like the one presented by Jeremy Tedesco show an ignorance to the facts in order to feign oppression.

Social Media & Censorship: Freedom of Expression and Risk

Layla Revis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Layla Revis

If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"

Bring Ai Weiwei's Tree to London

Charlotte Appleyard | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Charlotte Appleyard

Weiwei wants to support those people of China, those unheard voices. Whilst he is no longer imprisoned his passport remains confiscated and he's not allowed to leave the country.

Hate Speech, Free Speech and Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.11.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Through understanding hate as a human problem, rather than an ideological one, we can perhaps cross barriers that politics or religion would not allow.

India's Supreme Court May Ban Porn Viewing, Even in Private Homes

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime
Van Winkle's

The land that gave us the Kama Sutra is having trouble with pornography. As the Times of India reported, India's Supreme Court is unhappy with the federal government's inaction in combating widespread internet porn. Taking matters into its own hands, the Court is considering a blanket ban on all porn.

"All Flesh Is Grass" - The Memory of Richard Long

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

There are in the lives of artists seminal figures that inspire you to be more than you were before you met them. For me that person was Richard Long, an artist and very unique professor.

The Chilling Effect of Banishing Symbols of Hate

Michael Meyers | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Meyers

Leo Tolstoy said, "History would be something extraordinary if only it were true." True history is not scary or offensive. True history is eye-opening and jarring.

Ballot Selfies, Perverts and Censorship: Presenting the 2015 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

At the heart of the Muzzles is a simple but powerful idea: "Congress" -- and all levels of government, thanks to the 14th Amendment -- "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

11 Reasons to Love the USA On July 4th

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Abby Rodman, LICSW

We're not a perfect nation nor do we claim to be. We have much work to do on many fronts. But we're also a country that has demonstrated a willingness to grow and evolve to the benefit of our citizens. So, despite our difference let's celebrate and appreciate our Day of Freedoms.

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Free Speech at Connecticut College

David Moshman | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
David Moshman

In August 2014, Professor Steven Salaita lost a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because his tweets criticizing the ongoing Israeli assault on the Palestinian population of Gaza were deemed uncivil.

Zionist Organization Fails to Censor Columbia University Workshop on Israel/Palestine

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The ZOA's claims are not only meritless, but are intolerable intrusions on academic freedom that chill learning and undermine the purpose of the HEA. Fortunately, this time, academic freedom won the day.

How to Defeat 'Revenge Porn': First, Recognize It's About Privacy, Not Revenge

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Mary Anne Franks

That so many states are taking this issue seriously is tremendous progress. It is crucial, however, to ensure that the laws being passed truly protect victims and that they are clear, principled, and constitutionally sound. Unfortunately, many of these state laws do not fulfill these criteria.