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Funeral Protests Should Not Be Protected Free Speech: 48 States File Brief In Supreme Court Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have submitted a brief to the Supreme Court in support of a father who sued anti-ga...

Why I Delete Comments on My Blog

Dave Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Taylor

I regularly delete comments, and even ban commentators from my AskDaveTaylor.com tech support site.

Apple's vetting of iphone apps is ham-handed but not an illegal threat to free speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Scheer

By Peter Scheer In the beginning there was the internet. It was raw, ungovernable and vast in its multiplicity of voices. Then came the Apple iPhone ...

Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Newsmax reports that Bill O'Reilly will pick up the tab for the legal fees, calling the situation an outrage: That is an outrage," he said. "I will...

Taking a Stand to Keep Sitting Legal

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

San Francisco is poised to become the latest in a string of cities to adopt a law making it a crime to sit on the sidewalk. While it is the case that ...

The Value Of Freedom, The Ugliness of Censorship: Google, the UFC, and China

Josh Schrei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Schrei

UFC President Dana White isn't exactly going to win any PC awards anytime soon. The notorious spokesman for the rapidly-growing full contact martial a...

China's Google Syndrome

Libby Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Libby Liu

So successful is China's model of internet censorship that other authoritarian governments strive to emulate it. And Google's move brings attention to this reality.

Google's Faustian Bargain Unravels

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sandeep Gopalan

Google's earliest fans will welcome a return to its "Do No Evil" mantra. Hopefully, the company will follow this policy in other areas as well.

Sarah Palin Advocates Violence, But Her Hit List Isn't Criminal

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The Supreme Court has a high standard for criminalizing speech. Free speech, while not an absolute right, is a highly protected privilege in the United States. So far, Palin is not acting criminally.

Ann Coulter Speech Canceled After Protests At University Of Ottawa

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

OTTAWA — A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at t...

Lesbian Prom Decision a Huge Failure to Uphold Constitutional Rights

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A judge in Mississippi ruled that the high school refusing to host a prom because a lesbian student might show up with her date would not be forced to reinstate the dance.

Bill Allowing Prayer At School Events Advances In Florida Legislature

Sun Sentinel | Josh Hafenbrack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Students could lead prayers at school functions such as football games and the senior prom, under a controversial bill advanced by a Florida House com...

McConnell Knocks Kagan For Arguing Against Citizens United

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Republican is criticizing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for backing limits on the ability of corporations and ...

'I Believe In Free Speech And All, But I Draw The Line At Comedy Musicals!' (Video)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.06.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Back in 2005, Chris Lee, a student at Washington State University, set out to make a comedy musical that, in the tradition of South Park, offended as ...

Lawfare Conference Takes Aim at Terrorists' Efforts to Wage "Legal Jihad"

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heather Robinson

Last Thursday The Lawfare Project, a non-profit founded by attorney Brooke Goldstein (pictured above) to confront "lawfare" - which Goldstein define...

The Revolution's Troubadour No Longer Believes

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

To walk to the edge of the stage and speak only within limits is required practice for certain critical artists still living in Cuba.

Why Did the Cartoonist Cross the Road?

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

There needs to be a middle path for outraged Muslims. We need not have the vacuous apathy of too many in the West, but cannot take arms or protest against every slight to the religion.

Sex, Fruit Bats, and Politically Correct Zoology at an Irish College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Author's Note: This case has set off quite an international debate, both for and against Dr. Evans. As I linked to below in the updates, you can check...

Draw Muhammad Day: Collectively Punishing Muslim Americans

Shahed Amanullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shahed Amanullah

The right of free speech doesn't absolve people from being assholes. And with Draw Muhammad Day, the participating artists are proving themselves to be just that.

Defending Free Speech Against Fundamentalist Islam?

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

It seems to me that there's a dangerous sleight of hand going on here, a pretense that by drawing Muhammad you are bravely taking on the Dragon Threatening Civilization when in fact you are just hurting your Muslim neighbors.

Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags" Message: Is it Free Speech?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

In rejecting Christ's admonitions, Westboro has chosen instead to focus its efforts on spreading hate.

Fred Phelps' Hatemongering and the First Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.

12-Step Program For America: Step 2

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

If there is a 'higher power' that can save us, it is the 'people'... it is us. We are the higher power that could return our national process and our Constitutional Democracy to sanity.

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stuart Whatley

When the religious response to ridicule moves from condemning a rhetorical tactic to condemning the very act of criticism itself, fair discourse is halted before it can even begin.

Is College Censorship Destroying Our Society's "Sophistication Machine"?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I firmly believe that if more people knew how common violations of free speech, due process, and other basic rights are on campus, the public will to end those abuses would be virtually unstoppable.