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Free Speech

Fighting Arguments With Arguments, Not Violence

Ahmed Khan | Posted 05.07.2016 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Muslims must remember that no Usama Dakdok or Pamela Gellar can ever take away anything from Islam, but violence in the name of Islam will certainly empower them to spread their hatred towards it.

The First Amendment Must Be Upheld Consistently, or It Can't Be Upheld at All

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

Being consistent about the First Amendment says a lot. It proves you truly stand behind, and with, the First Amendment. I am using this consistency to make a point here about the First Amendment. Consistency when it comes to rights matters for the protection of that right.

Enough With the Mohammed Cartoons

Christopher Lamb | Posted 05.04.2016 | Media
Christopher Lamb

The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized an event on Sunday night in Garland, Texas, inviting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The event's organizers received more than 350 submissions. It is also unclear what the event's organizers hoped to accomplish.

Game Featuring 'Transgender Kills' Raises Online Debate About Hate Speech

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

A game promoting "transgender kills" was removed on Monday morning from the online game curation community Steam after a short time on its Greenlight ...

In America Hate Speech Rightly Is Free Speech

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

As thoroughly disgusting and hurtful as I may find Pamela Geller's views to be, she is totally correct that neither governments nor bullets nor bombs should block access to her ignorance or our right to publicly repudiate it -- or perhaps even ignore it -- for the hate that it is.

What Charlie Hebdo Taught Us - Three Months On

Phoebe Dodds | Posted 06.20.2015 | Teen
Phoebe Dodds

The world has moved on from #jesuischarlie, but the events will always be remembered as uniting Europeans to stand strong together in defense of one of our most important rights -- freedom of speech.

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Crime
Timothy Karr

While the technology has changed, our constitutional rights haven't. But how do we translate long-standing free speech and privacy protections at a time when anyone with a mobile phone has the potential to engage in an act of journalism?

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

While Feidin Santana and Ramsey Orta are hardly household names, these men played pivotal roles in one of the most important civil rights stories of o...

Garry Trudeau Sides With Power Against Real Dissenters

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

When you're challenging the gods, and those who claim to speak for the gods, you are always punching up.

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I'm having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Why the Rolling Stone Fiasco Is a Sign of a Much Deeper Problem

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

When even a respected publication like Rolling Stone makes bombshell allegations of criminal activities without checking their facts because the subject matter has a special status in the editors' eyes, then journalism is headed down a very slippery, subjective slope, and the credibility of the press itself is at stake.

The ACLU's Frat House Take on 'Revenge Porn'

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

What explains the view that disclosing information about a person's medical history or financial status, regardless of motive, is destructive and should be punished by law, but that disclosing pictures of a person's naked body is trivial and should not be punished unless motivated by a desire to harm the victim?

Why Is Egypt Prosecuting Human Rights Defenders?

Françoise Girard | Posted 05.31.2015 | Home
Françoise Girard

How low will the Egyptian government go in silencing the voices of its citizens and its human rights activists? Last week, it went even lower than thought possible. In what amounted to a judicial masquerade, the Egyptian government suddenly decided to prosecute one of the world's most active and effective human rights defenders, Azza Soliman, for denouncing police brutality.

Anti-Semitism Charge Increasingly Leveled Against Student Advocates for Palestinian Human Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Anti-Semitism remains a very real problem. The line of questioning put to UCLA student Rachel Beyda during her confirmation hearing for a student government position was inappropriate, and yes, anti-Semitic in its raw form. So are the isolated incidents of swastikas found on campuses.

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

Twitter: The Constitution Project's 2015 Constitutional Champion

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

The details about the scale of NSA's surveillance activities made many people, both at home and abroad, question the security of their data, as well as the role of their service providers in giving the NSA access to it. But now Twitter is doing something about it.

Dangerous Speech is Not Free Speech or Even Hate Speech

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

As a society we must become more aware of the dangers that certain speech presents, and for the safety and well being of black Americans and other vulnerable citizens, we must explore more robust ways for distinguishing and punishing people for dangerous speech.

One Speaker's Thoughts on Campus Litigation, Free Speech and Hostile Environments

Anita Hill | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Anita Hill

I have concluded that the productive discussion I envisioned cannot occur in the shadow of active litigation and the resulting present intense polarity. For these reasons, I will not lecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the spring of 2015.

It's Not Unconstitutional to Be Racist

Byron Williams | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The Bill of Rights originally applied only to the federal government but subsequently became applicable to state governments by way of the14th Amendment through a process known as incorporation. Since the University of Oklahoma is a public institution, wouldn't free speech apply to the expelled students?

Racist Rants and the University of Oklahoma: Getting It Wrong

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Now, I know it may seem crazy to say that a state university cannot constitutionally expel students for such outrageous speech. But the very point of the First Amendment is that the government cannot censor people (including students) merely because it finds their speech abhorrent.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

If the Bar does decide to require certain disclaimers in lawyer blogs, how does that impact previously published blogs over which the attorney does not have editorial control?

Peaple Power

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.09.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


An Unlikely Source Is Defending the Redskins' First Amendment Rights

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 03.09.2015 | Sports

The ACLU says the government has gone too far.