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Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Differing opinions and the academic freedom to discuss them constitute the backbone of any university. But if anyone should know about the impact hate has on people, it is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The Latest State To Get Rid Of College 'Free-Speech Zones'

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 04.12.2014 | College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia. The Virginia Co...

It's OK To Flash Your Lights When You See A Speed Trap

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flash...

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this case, Brandeis got it right.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

Virginia Legislature to Campuses: Down With Free Speech (Zones)!

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Q: How can a "free speech zone" on a college campus be a bad thing for free speech? A: When it's actually a backwards way of saying that more than 9...

Ryan Grim

Now He Tells Us: McCutcheon Attorney Admits Money Is Not Speech | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Dan Backer, the lead lawyer behind a landmark case that further opened the campaign finance floodgates, conceded in an interview with HuffPost Live th...

Supreme Court Should Decide Whether Rap Lyrics Are Free Speech

Clay Calvert | Posted 04.03.2014 | College
Clay Calvert

It's time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the critical issue of how the combustible combination of rap music, social media and violent imagery are pushing the envelope of the First Amendment right to free speech.

Undermining 'Underpants Man'

Roz Warren | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

If a Wellesley college student, walking across campus, spots a man her father's age wearing nothing but underpants, stumbling along, eyes closed and arms outstretched, she can call the police on her call and they'll be there in two minutes to remove him.

Hobby Lobby Loses, But Can the Roberts Court Be Saved?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

John Roberts has consistently placed the integrity of the Supreme Court over his conservative ideology. Exhibit A is how it is that the chief justice ...

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

Media Freedom in Lebanon, Or Is It?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.26.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Have TV show hosts, bloggers, activists and journalists gone too far in Lebanon or do they reflect the general mood by slamming public officials and their relatives seen as abusing power and dipping into government funds?

Be Grateful to Homophobic Preacher

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Many seem to be rejoicing over Phelps death, but we should be mourning because Phelps and his vile ideology helped shine a light on the true evil of bigotry and homophobia. The WBC has spurred people to sympathize with and rally behind the LGBT movement.

Workers' Rights in 1014 Silicon Valley

Johanna Wise | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business
Johanna Wise

Did you know that workers' rights in Silicon Valley now mirror those of the feudal system in medieval Europe? Here's how I discovered this awful truth.

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The pending ISP liability now being negotiated is only one example of the heavy-handed approach the US and Australia have taken to drafting the TPP and making it stick.

State Lawmakers Punishing Colleges For Assigning LGBT Books

The Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 03.11.2014 | College

The South Carolina House of Representatives rejected attempts on Thursday to restore funds in next year’s budget for two campuses that were penalize...

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

A Free Press Crusader on the Crimean Front

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Confrontation doesn't ruffle Mijatovic, who hails from Sarajevo. She experienced first-hand the suffering of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose views were suppressed during the Bosnian War.

It Wasn't the American Flag Versus the Mexican Flag: Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District

Gary L. Bostwick | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
Gary L. Bostwick

I wish press releases and media reports and even politicians were more scrupulous in reporting what really happened in court cases about free speech. ...

Free Speech, RIP: A Relic of the American Past

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching out...

Letter From Columbia Journalism Professors to His Excellency Adly Mahmoud Mansour

Bruce Shapiro | Posted 02.27.2014 | College
Bruce Shapiro

As faculty members of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, we write to protest the continuing detention of, and criminal proceedings directed against, reporters, producers and other news professionals of Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English.

After First Amendment Lawsuit, California College Settles with Student Stopped from Distributing Copies of Constitution

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.25.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Last September 17, Modesto Junior College told student Robert Van Tuinen that he couldn't hand out copies of the Constitution on campus in honor of th...

Moving Beyond Digital Hate at the University of Illinois; (Re)Starting a Conversation on Racist and Sexist Chat

Chris Benson | Posted 02.24.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

This is about changing the narrative in the hopes of having an enduring effect on social interaction. Otherwise, it's just so much talk. That doesn't mean we all agree on every issue. But we can share an appreciation of fundamental values of equality.

The Noose, Ole Miss, and Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

How should the University of Mississippi respond? What does it mean to say that these "ideas have no place here"? Assuming the individuals who did this were students, should the university expel or otherwise discipline them? Are there "ideas" that "have no place" on a university campus?