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The Campus Speech "Crisis" That Wasn't

PEN American Center | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
PEN American Center

By Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America At a rally in Ohio last Thursday, Donald Trump drew cheers from a crowd of young people when he vow...

Why Free Speech is Critical to Film and Television Production in Georgia...and Around the World

Chris Dodd | Posted 10.17.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

One thing all Americans can agree on is the value of our freedoms. While we may sometimes take our Constitutional rights for granted, or differ on the...

Gov. Brown Stuns Activists; Signs Anti-Free Speech Bill

Marcy Winograd | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Succumbing to the Israel lobby, California's Governor Jerry Brown, a once Pacifica radio host, Saturday signed AB 2844, Assemblyman Richard Bloom's (D-Santa Monica) 10-times amended bill to chill criticism of Israel.

Snapchat Fans, Rejoice: Ballot Selfies Are Totally Constitutional In New Hampshire

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics

An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a New Hampshire ban on snapping a selfie while casting a ballot violates the free speech rights of voters. In...

Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It

Kris Hermes | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push the limits of democracy with little regard for the consequences of such widespread abuse.

Las Vegas Police Union Wants Black Lives Matter Pins Banned From Court

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics

The union representing Las Vegas police officers wants to ban lawyers and other people from displaying buttons that say “Black Lives Matter” in co...

The Case For Safe Spaces (or U Chicago Gets It Wrong)

Howard Schweber | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
Howard Schweber

This month, entering freshman at the University of Chicago received a letter from the Dean of Students, John Ellison. The letter was a ringing affirma...

The Case for Safe Spaces (or U Chicago Gets It Wrong)

Howard Schweber | Posted 09.14.2016 | Education
Howard Schweber

[Note to readers: this was originally written with more than a dozen embedded links. For reasons I cannot explain, the Huffpo system could not accept ...

Veterans Who Fought To Protect Kaepernick's Right To Protest Never Thought He'd Actually Take Them Up On It

John Baxter | Posted 09.14.2016 | Comedy
John Baxter

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of institutional bias during the national anthem in a recent pre-season football game, the gesture unleashed a wave of pro-anthem, anti-free-speech indignation that has dominated the social media landscape ever since. Asks Federal Court Asked to Dismiss Logging Company's Intimidation Lawsuit

Todd Paglia | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Todd Paglia

School is back in session across the country - and right now in some classroom somewhere in the US children are being educated not on math, science or...

Why Jerry Brown Should Veto AB 2844 In California

Marcy Winograd | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Taken at face value, this new law would be utterly redundant - except for the fact that it would open the door for a witch hunt, involving the creation of an unprecedented thought crime.

I'm With Stupid: A University for Kids Who Want to Grow Up

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.06.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

As a journalist (pause for laughter) and as an American in general, I consider the First Amendment of the United States Constitution perhaps the singl...

Colin Kaepernick and the Constitution

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Kaepernick's protest has elicited various responses. President Obama has supported his action, arguing that his response has raised legitimate issues. Others have vilified him.

The Loyal Opposition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.02.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Dallin H. Oaks spoke in the April General Conference this year about Mormons who publicly disagree with the policies and doctrines of the church leade...

Why These Soldiers and Veterans Are Standing (and Sitting) With Colin Kaepernick

Quora | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

What The University Of Chicago's Letter To Students Got Wrong About Campus Free Speech

Michael Roth | Posted 09.01.2016 | College
Michael Roth

In the past week the University of Chicago made big news by defending academic freedom in a letter to incoming students. “Finally,” a distinguishe...

Freedom Of Belief At The University Of Nebraska

David Moshman | Posted 08.26.2016 | College
David Moshman

Welcome to college, where our first priority is to get your commitment to our official list of non-negotiable beliefs.

Protester's Free Speech vs. Speaker's Free Speech

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Although a fierce believer in free speech, I must admit that I have never been a great fan of protesters who interrupt and disrupt speeches (whether it is at a political rally for either party or the State of the Union Address).

The Tyranny of the Loud

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Howard Schweber

There have been so many nicknames for Donald Drumpf this year. My favorite is "Apocalypse Cheeto." But it occurs to me that none of them captures the ...

Democracy And Responsibility

Terry Newell | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

American freedom can tear America apart. Freedom abused by some means freedom threatened for all. The practitioners of hateful speech may be exercising their rights, but they dishonor and weaken America.

Trump Bombshell: 'Hillary Was Born In Kenya. I Have Proof.'

Marty Rudoy | Posted 08.21.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

MAR-A-LAGO: Goodyear Satire Co.-- "Hillary Clinton was born in Kenya," writes Donald Trump in a furious twitter storm early today. "And I have the p...

An Interview With A Trump Supporter, Otto Klavern

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.18.2016 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

Otto Zipp Klavern, a Donald Trump supporter, lives by himself in Yahoo, Florida, where he works as a door-to-door asbestos and lead-based paint salesman. Klavern says he loves America and hates what's happened to it.

The Story Behind The New Documentary ‘Can We Take a Joke?’

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Greg Lukianoff

Last week, we honored the 50th anniversary of the death of the late, great, iconoclastic comedian Lenny Bruce. As older generations know, but the cur...

Daesh Thrives on Publicity While 30,000 Peaceful Muslim Event Goes Unnoticed

Atif Rashid | Posted 08.11.2016 | Media
Atif Rashid

Co-authored by Imam Farhad Ahmad Last month when some French media decided against showing photographs of terrorists, I was pleasantly ...

The Censorship Monster: Who's Afraid Of A Queer Nipple In The Digital Age?

Slava Mogutin | Posted 08.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Slava Mogutin

So, my question was and still is: what was so offensive about this nonsexual image and what makes a queer nipple (or, rather, documentation of thereof) so dangerous for the Censorship Monster?