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Madonna, the State Department and the White House Have It All Wrong: The Russian Orthodox Church Is the Victim, Not Pussy Riot

Ed Koch | Posted 10.21.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

I do not believe the issue of Pussy Riot being arrested is properly one of freedom of expression. The right to free expression is not unlimited and does not mean one can say anything anywhere and at anytime.

Exposing War Crimes Is a Public Service, Not a Criminal Act

Vincent Warren | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Vincent Warren

Wikileaks gave us plenty of uncomfortable truths that we, as Americans, must take responsibility for. Let us start by not letting our government shoot the messenger.

Lessons From Pussy Riot

Brian Koppelman | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Brian Koppelman

Yes. We have troubles here. Just look at whatever may be written above or below me on the site. But the very fact that we can debate them, yell about them, fight for them, means that we have hope. Which is like oxygen. As long as you have it, you are alive.

Pussy Riot: Band Members' Conviction a Blow to Free Expression

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Moscow)– The conviction of three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot on August 17, 2012 is inappropriate and disproportionate....

Build a Culture of Hate and They Will Come

Jane Devin | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

How many straight people have been beaten or killed solely for being heterosexual? How many moderate or liberal groups have formed to picket funerals while waving hateful signs?

'Redneck' Bus Driver Can Fly Confederate Flag

Posted 08.03.2012 | Education

An Oregon school bus driver who says his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired for refusing to take down a Confederate battle flag em...

NYT Photos Don't Do Justice to Police Presence at Anaheim Protests

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Media
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

A picture is worth a thousand words is often used as short hand for the power of an image to convey information and elicit emotion. But a snap shot in time can distort reality and mislead, as is the case of the NYT's photo of police in formation in Anaheim.

The Attack On Chick-fil-A

James Robison | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The current vicious attack on Chick-fil-A is against much more than one family and their business. It is a blatant assault on faith, Judeo-Christian morality and freedom itself. Believers must no longer stand down and remain silent.

The Case for Chick Equality: Why I am Looking Forward to Mike Huckabee's Dixie Chick Appreciation Day

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Christina Pesoli

Given Huckabee's strong feelings in favor of everyone's right to free speech, I am sure that criticism of the Dixie Chicks has been burning him up for the past nine years like a slow roasting rotisserie.

Are Liberals Intolerant of Chick-fil-A?

James Peron | Posted 09.28.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Contrary to what commentators on the right claimed, the Chick-fil-A issue doesn't prove "liberal intolerance," but quite the opposite.

Student Newspaper, University of Florida Clash in Debate Over Newspaper Racks

The Independent Florida Alligator | Posted 09.25.2012 | College
The Independent Florida Alligator

Erin Jester and Clare Lennon Alligator Staff Writers UF administrators have demanded The Independent Florida Alligator remove 19 of its orange newspa...

Free Speech Must Go Hand in Hand With Media Literacy

Caitlin Barry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Caitlin Barry

Hey, I'm on board with the first amendment; it's hard not to be, when I was taught to revere it. I'm afraid that removing drug commercials from the air might also lead to banning Huck Finn from public schools.

Students: Know Your Rights! Download Our New Free Speech Guide

Will Creeley | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Will Creeley

I always receive a lot of great questions from student audiences: What are the limits to free speech? What should I do if I've been punished for saying or publishing something that other people didn't like? Can I get in trouble for Facebook or Twitter posts?

Freedom = Censorship

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.15.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Popular consensus behind free speech on the Internet is running headlong into media giants like Verizon that want to suppress Internet culture.

INTERVIEW: Jim Norton On Being Offensive & What He Likes About Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.13.2012 | Comedy

Jim Norton doesn't mind offending you, he minds what you do after you've been offended. Shortly after the debut of his new comedy special Please Be...

After SOPA: A Declaration of Internet Freedom

Josh Levy | Posted 08.31.2012 | Technology
Josh Levy

Without the freedom to express and share what we want, our laptops, tablets and phones would be little more than 21st-century television sets.

The Corporate Fallacy

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

The U.S. Supreme Court conservative majority is in essence decreeing a return to the old system of political patronage, where corporations and their wealthy supporters elect our representatives, instead of ordinary citizens.

An Old Plan for New Media

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.27.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner have come to dominate information access in the United States. And they're using this new power to squeeze out competitors and remake new media in their old image.

What the F***?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided FCC v. Fox Television Stations. What's the real significance of the case? It is this: Throughout its opinion, the Court repeatedly wrote f*** and s***. It declined to acknowledge the actual words at stake. This is depressing.

Ai Weiwei Vows to Continue His Stand

The Guardian | 51min Ago | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts

A year ago tomorrow, I was released from more than two months of secret detention. Police told me today that they have lifted my bail conditions. I am...

'One Direction' Singer Accused Of 'Pimping Islam On Your Daughters'

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

He is a 19 year old British boy band member and international star, famous for his singing, dancing, good looks -- and now for his religion. Zayn M...

Victory for Student Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down University of Cincinnati's Tiny Free Speech Zone

Will Creeley | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Will Creeley

Prior to this week, UC maintained an incredibly tiny free-speech zone, limiting student "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to a space covering a miniscule 0.1 percent of the school's 137-acre campus.

McConnell: Team Obama Using 'Nixonian' Intimidation

Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leveled harsh criticism at the Obama campaign on Thursday, comparing the president and his team's effor...

Dirty Pictures, Dirty Water and Dirty Politics

Jonathan Askin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Askin

Don't get me wrong -- child pornography is terrible and water pollution is horrible. But chilling a witness with allegations that she's a child pornographer rather than a public-spirited whistleblower performing her civic duty is outrageous.

Memorial Day in the Rearview Mirror

Mike Feder | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Feder

At cyber-speed, Memorial Day 2012, is fast slipping into history. But there are important things to note about this national day of remembrance... Th...