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Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.

Professors' Rights to Free Speech at Risk Nationwide

Susan Kruth | Posted 11.26.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

For free speech advocates, the university's decision to renege on its agreement to hire Salaita reached its nadir with Chancellor Phyllis Wise's half-baked invocation of "civility" as some kind of justification for ditching the professor.

Give Your Children a Voice

Brooke Hampton | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Brooke Hampton

Before I correct my kids, I have to ask myself if what they said is only bothering me because it's the truth.

We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

Civility, Free Speech, and Israel

David Moshman | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
David Moshman

A recent letter provides university officials with excellent advice on free speech in connection with issues of Israel and Palestine. The bottom line is this: Political speech, regardless of its civility, is protected by the First Amendment.

Freedom of Speech: When a Human Right Is Sometimes a Luxury

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 11.18.2014 | Media
Nancy Graham Holm

Young diaspora Muslims are flocking to Syria and signing up with ISIS to fight in a cosmic war while others plot domestic violence against secularism in their adopted homelands. Nothing as horrific as 9-11 or 7-7 has yet to take place but some believe it's just a matter of time.

Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Janet Tavakoli

Most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims do not countenance violence and human rights violations, but the fact remains that fundamentalists are not a fringe group; they occupy senior positions in Muslim clerical hierarchy.

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom of speech is an exceptional American value, indeed, that is what separates us from the rest of the world. I urge the University not to ban free speech, let Bill Maher speak, and let students bring Reza Aslan or myself to speak against Bill Maher's non-sense talk.

Citrus College: Campus Speech Codes Used to Stifle Anti-NSA Speech (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.06.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Imagine: a student trying to oppose the NSA's Orwellian spying program is told by an official on the campus of public university that he cannot do so ...

5 Important Points About the Bill Maher-UC Berkeley Controversy

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Expressive activity of any kind should be considered part and parcel of free speech, and thus deserves protection from viewpoint-based censorship. And just because students won't be allowed on stage to debate Maher point-by-point doesn't mean he isn't participating in an exchange of ideas.

The 'Stop Bill Maher' UC Berkeley Petition Is How Islamists, Not Liberals, Promote Free Speech

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
H. A. Goodman

The day liberals confuse real talk and passionate debate with bigotry is the day Bill O'Reilly and Fox news shape the narrative of our nation.

The Logic of the 'Moderate' Mindset

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

In gauging the responses to my writing, I have a personal rule: don't just look at what is being written, but why it is being written.

Let Bill Maher Speak at UC Berkeley!

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Fifty years ago this month, the school became the vanguard of the free speech movement when left leaning Mario Savio led a movement to challenge campus restrictions on free expression. This week's attempted revocation of HBO Real Time host Bill Maher's invitation to deliver the fall commencement threatened the institution's proud legacy.

Freedom of Speech on Campus Is an Essential Part of College

Elliot Hirshman | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Elliot Hirshman

The freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment has emerged as an extraordinarily contentious issue on many university campuses.

Arizona State Student Senator Impeached for Talking to the Press Without Telling Superiors

Dan Reimold | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Dan Reimold

Student government strikes again! The Tempe Undergraduate Student Government (USG) at Arizona State University has impeached one of its own members for talking to The State Press campus newspaper without first giving USG leaders a heads-up.

Professor Suspended for Game of Throne T-Shirt Fights Back and Wins

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Schmidt, an art and animation professor, posted a picture of his young daughter wearing a T-shirt with the Game of Thrones quote, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood" to Google+. The dean found this picture of a child doing yoga so terror-inducing that she reported him to other BCC administrators.

Of Free Speech, Islamophobia and New Atheism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Evangelical anti-theism, much like militant theism by extremist clerics in the theist world, detaches one from the important values of objectivity and fairness.

Free Speech: A Happy Ending

David Moshman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
David Moshman

Intellectual freedom controversies don't always have happy endings. A happy ending for some may be an unhappy ending for others. But here's a case with a happy ending for everyone.

Celebrating Free Speech Week Through the Lens of the Film and Television Industry

Chris Dodd | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

This week I have the privilege of serving as the Chairman of Free Speech Week, an annual celebration reminding all of us that most of the freedoms we ...

Chinese Art Colony's Free-Speech Illusion Shatters

AP | JACK CHANG | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and...

Nat Hentoff: Jazz, Edward Snowden and the Eternally Radical Idea of Free Speech (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Whether you care about jazz, civil liberties, freedom of speech throughout history, or the First Amendment on campus, be sure to check out this new interview with jazz critic and civil liberties legend Nat Hentoff.

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

What's Wrong With Denigrating Girls and Women in Schools?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Soraya Chemaly

Sexism, gender-based double standards, and male entitlement are so normalized that girls think sexual assault and violence are just a "part of life" that they have to live with. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is seriously f***ed up.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

It Doesn't Matter What Your Reason Is for Not Having Sex -- Unless You're at Michigan

Susan Kruth | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

This is utterly unconscionable, and, frankly, insane. It is the absolute last message we should be sending to college students. It is especially surprising considering many advocates' recent focus on the importance of obtaining enthusiastic consent.