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Lowe's: 'Let's Build A Prejudiced America?'

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

The world's second-largest hardware chain, Lowe's, proudly displays the slogan "Let's Build Something Together." However, the company's recent actions suggest this togetherness might not include Muslim-Americans.

Christians, Gays And Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.21.2012 | College
David Moshman

The decision of a federal circuit court in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley is not about either Christians or gays. It's a victory for academic freedom and professional ethics, which are fully consistent with both religious liberty and gay rights.

The Constitution v. Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

There's plenty of reason for distrust, even disgust, with the government we have. But the further we go down the anti-government, pro-market line, the harder it becomes to strengthen democracy and build a politics that can address inequality.

Protecting Free Speech Online

Chris Dodd | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

Does freedom of speech require the freedom to steal? That's what some are arguing, comparing our efforts to protect American jobs from international criminal enterprises who profit from the theft of intellectual property online to the censorship policies of repressive regimes.

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

Judges Should Stop Giving Deference to School Officials

Adam Goldstein | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

It is time to end this bizarre practice that assumes judges who are competent to decide whether a man lives or dies for his crimes are incompetent to decide whether a school administrator crossed a line in a strip-search.

Leesburg's Crucified Skeleton Santa Is Now Decapitated

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Loudoun County Courthouse's inflammatory Santa Claus, a Christmas display of a skeleton St. Nick hanging on a cross that was torn do...

A Christmas (or Is It Holiday?) Carol

Todd Brewster | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Todd Brewster

The flip side of the "Old Fashioned Holiday" music industry: Where one is overzealous about keeping religion out of the public sphere, the other is overzealous about putting it back in and at this time of year, both sides come a-wassailing.

Rick Perry Decks The Halls With Boughs Of Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

You don't need to be a Christian -- or a constitutional scholar -- to know that there's something wrong in this country when candidates for president can openly express their ignorance about the First Amendment.

No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Tell me, Governor Perry, when you talk about "prayer in school," do you mean all prayer? Would you object to Muslims pulling out prayer rugs and bowing to Mecca? Jews opening their Torah and chanting? A Native American prayer dance, a Sikh kirtan, or a New Age affirmation litany?

The Real Danger in That Bloggers-Aren't-Journalists Ruling

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.

Speak Out: America Is a Free Speech Forum

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

When political protest is caged, it's not just the rights of a few protesters that are at stake. The very definition of freedom is in danger. Freedom cannot be exercised from within a cage.

Occupy DC Wins Legal Victory In Fight To Stay In Park

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.06.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy DC has won a major legal victory vindicating the right to protest in McPherson Square, where demonstrators have lived in tents si...

Skeletal Santa Hanging On Crucifix Sparks Controversy

Posted 12.06.2011 | Weird News

'Tis the season for a Christmas decoration scandal. A Virginia town is grappling with a controversy pitting free speech advocates against Christma...

Cheney Event Arrest Sparks Unusual Lawsuit

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear an appeal from Secret Service agents who say they should be shielded from a lawsuit over...

Dan Froomkin

Is The U.N. Coming To Occupy's Rescue? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why fe...

How Newt Saved Porn

Mother Jones | Tim Murphy | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 is not a subject that Newt Gingrich likes to talk about on the campaign trail....

Shining a Light on Britain's "Gutter Press"

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Media
Bennett L. Gershman

These are dark days for the British tabloids. Having operated like a kind of Mafia for years, the tabloids are now in the dock and their unscrupulous conduct is being scrutinized.

Hayley Miller

Nativity Project Makes Its Point Before Supreme Court | Hayley Miller | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Christmas came early to the Supreme Court Wednesday when roughly 20 members of the Nativity Project, a nationwide campaign to "celebrate...

Occupy the First Amendment

Leslie Gabel-Brett | Posted 01.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Leslie Gabel-Brett

Every time people watch peaceful protesters getting pepper-sprayed or hear that an Occupy protester suffered brain damage and almost died after being shot with a rubber bullet, more become fearful of exercising their rights.

UC Berkeley Students To File Lawsuit Against University, Police

Turnstyle | Posted 01.22.2012 | College

By: Denise Tejada Photo Credit: DENISE TEJADA/Turnstyle News Protester Addresses Students Gathered In Front Of Sproul Hall. On Wednesday, 20 stude...

The First Amendment Upside Down: Why We Must Occupy Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Mayor Bloomberg's First Amendment Problem

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.21.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

In the two months since the Occupy movement began 25 journalists have been arrested covering events across the country. More than half of these arrests have occurred in New York City, including 13 journalist arrests in the last week.

Suppressing First Amendment Rights at Our Nation's Laboratories: Police Action Against Students at the University of California

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.19.2012 | College
Christina Gagnier

Universities are supposed to be laboratories in and of themselves, allowing students to explore their education and interests. This can include becoming passionate about issues and exercising one's First Amendment rights as an expression of such.

Compulsory Patriotism: Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance

David Moshman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Education
David Moshman

Should the pledge be required? Should patriotism be compulsory? Can it be? The Supreme Court, it turns out, has already addressed these questions.