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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.

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."

KU Student Expelled for Crude Off-Campus Tweets Can Return to School, Court Rules

Student Press Law Center | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Student Press Law Center

The University of Kansas overreached when it expelled a student who posted profane, insulting tweets about his ex-girlfriend while under a no-contact order, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

Free Speech Isn't Always Free in Academia

Erin Sharaf | Posted 09.24.2015 | College
Erin Sharaf

Girl gets a job teaching at a university and is excited about the opportunity to help students. The girl is required to go to a meeting on "development." She quickly learns that this is a euphemism for their favorite topic: money.

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.

Jewher Ilham: My Father, My Country

PEN American Center | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
PEN American Center

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama. It will be President Xi's first state visit to the U.S. and an impressive--and tight--itinerary of bi-lateral talks, meetings, banquets and receptions await him.

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

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- The presidential campaign of Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened legal action against a politically oriented clothing outlet for using t...

The Demonization of Dissent

Harlan Loeb | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

It's become an avalanche and it's ugly and frightening. It's the demonization of dissent - and it is a crisis we must address.

How This Homeless Man In Hawaii Learned His Voice Matters

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

In June 2014, Justin Guy was cited by a Hawaii County Police Department officer for holding a sign that read, "Homeless Please Hel...

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

Obama Says College Students Shouldn't Be 'Coddled'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama wants college students to hear the arguments of people they disagree with, not try to block them from speaking. During a town ...

'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called "government speech."

West Point Prof Argued 'Treasonous' Scholars Can Be Treated As The Enemy

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

A professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has resigned in the wake of a controversial article in which he made the case for targeted att...

Off Their Front Porch: Protesters Have No Free-Speech Rights On Supreme Court Plaza

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

The Constitution doesn't apply in the area just outside the main court that interprets the Constitution. A federal appeals court ruled on Fr...

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.