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Free Speech

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.

Texas License Plates, the Confederate Flag and the Supreme Court

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Why are people willing to pay for the right to put their message on a license plate, rather than just put it on a bumper sticker? Justice Breyer suggests that it is because they want the state's endorsement of their message. The problem, though, is that this is about the state discriminating among private speakers based on whether it approves or disapproves of the message. This, the First Amendment does not permit.

Supreme Court to Government: No, 'Good Intentions' Don't Give You a License to Censor Speech

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, a unanimous Court invalidated a town sign code that subjected certain signs to harsher restrictions than others, depending upon what messages they conveyed.

Supreme Court Rules For Church In Free Speech Case Over Signs

Reuters | Lawrence Hurley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a town in Arizona violated a local church's free speech rights by preven...

Author Defends Use Of Racial Slur In Campus Panel

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.05.2015 | College

Colleges and universities have long been considered places where one can challenge dominant ideas in order to provoke a robust intellectual discussion...

Citizens United Cracks Down on Free Speech

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

At a rally Citizens United sponsored for Steve King to bring all the GOP candidates to Iowa, Marco Malagone and Cesar Vargas, Co-Director of Dream Action Coalition, were kicked out for trying to ask candidates questions.

Academic Freedom Under Siege

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Geoffrey R. Stone

Six weeks ago, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro wrote a fine op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he offered a ringing endorsement of academic freedom. It is therefore both surprising and disappointing that Northwestern University recently found itself embroiled in two embarrassing violations of the core principles of academic freedom.

Free Speech and Civility in America and in Islam

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

If we want Muslim societies to adopt democratic commitments to free speech, we must advocate and be role models of both free speech and civility, understanding that democracy requires both.

Rescued Nigerian Girls Should Help Us Understand Criticism of 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoons

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

If satire is meant to shame society into bettering itself, can satire be shamed by society into bettering itself? What is it to be gained by making depictions of rape victims fair game?

Scott Walker and the GOP Turning First Amendment Rights Upside Down

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Media
Sue Wilson

It's been a year since the First Amendment suffered a gigantic blow as a result of the 2012 Scott Walker recall campaign. Now, there is another threat to free speech, stemming from that same recall of GOP presidential hopeful Walker looming at the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

Free Speech at Duke

David Moshman | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
David Moshman

Faculty should be hired and evaluated on the basis of their teaching, research, and professional service, and should be free to speak as citizens and persons without fear for their jobs.

Tolerance and Totalitarianism

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Michael Shermer

A disturbing trend is sweeping across American colleges and universities under the guise of protecting students from allegedly offensive speech -- defined differently by different interest groups -- with demands for everything from "trigger warnings" to banning speakers from campus.

Stop Misinterpreting "Free Speech"

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Lev Raphael

Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post this week is typical of commentators who blather about "free speech" when college students protest one commencement speaker or another every spring.