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If Money Is Speech and Speech Is Freedom...

Bob Seay | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

Free speech cannot exist when those without money are shut out of the conversation. Democracy, in political ads and on media websites, requires a diversity of legitimate ideas, not simply the repetition of the same biases and misinformation.

What Role Do Social Media Companies Have in Stopping Speech?

Robert Quigley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media
Robert Quigley

Who would want to see the gruesome video or further the militants' propaganda goals? Count me out. However, it is wrong that Twitter and YouTube made that decision for us, without a clear explanation.

An American Talks Turkey About the 'Intolerant' Chicken

Bethany St. James | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bethany St. James

Here in America, we have a knack for twisting around the meaning of a word and molding it into something we can get a bit more use out of. Americans are good at capitalizing on opportunities. In fact, we founded our country on that exact ideology.

Standing Strong for Free Speech: A Response to Geoffrey Stone

Ira Glasser | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Any reader unfamiliar with the ACLU's history and its leadership would be led by Geoffrey Stone's assertions to believe that the new leadership of the ACLU has come in and turned the ACLU's policy on campaign finance and free speech upside down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Protecting Gun Owners from Pediatricians: Free Speech Redefined

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

These groups would have us believe that only gun owners should be allowed to speak about guns, and helpless, tongue-tied gun-owning parents need to be constitutionally protected from their subversive pediatricians.

Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.

This Academic Year, Colleges Should Eliminate Speech Codes -- Or Prepare for Their Day in Court

Azhar Majeed | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Azhar Majeed

The majority of our nation's colleges and universities are not faring well when it comes to respecting freedom of speech.

Islamabad Revolutionaries Misunderstand the Right to Protest in the United States

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

To protect the constitutional democratic order, Pakistan needs to pass a law to regulate the right to protest that forbids inciting a crowd to imminent violence, issuing threats to the life of lawmakers, or entering government buildings.

Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
David Moshman

I hope there will be justice for Professor Salaita, but we must distinguish his First Amendment right to free speech from the more general question of academic freedom.

Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Now that the University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the constitutional issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees have now declared that the First Amendment does not apply to any tenured faculty at the University of Illinois.

Anonymity and Censorship

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

How far can government go in forcing people to reveal their identities, or protecting people from being forced to reveal their identities?

Still Correct to Not Hire Anti-Israel Prof

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Yesterday, Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu wrote a response to my piece, in which he claims that I am either willfully ignorant or distort facts. Readers can sort much of this controversy for themselves. However, I would like to briefly address several of Palumbo-Liu's assertions.

A Reply to Nathaniel Zelinsky: 'Anti-Israel' Professor Shouldn't Have Been Fired

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Critics of UIUC's action do so not to defend someone critical of Israel -- it is to defend all scholars against the capricious will of administrators to deny employment to faculty who hold unpopular beliefs.

Colleges: Drop Your Speech Codes

David Moshman | Posted 08.08.2014 | College
David Moshman

If you are a college official responsible for administering a speech code, here are four reasons to eliminate that code immediately.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

The Civil Rights Fight of the Information Age

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Very soon the Federal Communications Commission will either empower minority voices on the Internet and help close the digital divide, or it will make it easier for communications giants to silence and exclude those communities from the free or low-priced content now on the web.

Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.

Hear Our VOICES

Corey Gottlieb | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Corey Gottlieb

The state of mainstream political discourse is broken -- only those backed by large amounts of money or a major party apparatus, truly have their voices heard.

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

Nancy Leong | Posted 09.18.2014 | Technology
Nancy Leong

Just as cell phones are different from ordinary physical objects, the Internet is dramatically different from earlier speech mediums. And the Court should acknowledge those differences in determining the scope of First Amendment protection for speech.

Telling the Police to F*** Off: Risky First Amendment Business

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Before you administer a little dose of "F You" to the man, you might think twice about whether you want to fight it out in court.

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Agenda For The Supreme Court

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives can surely add to this list of issues that a Supreme Court with a liberal majority should address. Unfortunately, presidential candidates won't directly address these issues or the views of candidates they would appoint to the Supreme Court when vacancies arise

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
Rana F. Sweis

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.