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Support Free Speech -- Even for NYU SJP

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Students at an NYU dorm woke up to a rude surprise on Thursday morning: fake leaflets warned occupants to vacate the premises at midnight April 25 bec...

Shouting Fire in America

Stephen Herrington | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

If the GOP is so willing to ignore fact and public sentiment that they will deceive, and distort the facts about any and all public and political issues in order to gain or retain power, then what is the use of the First Amendment, an amendment the purpose of which was antithetical to lies?

The Bush Doctrine Comes to Oakland Courtesy of Chevron

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron continued its unprecedented campaign of attacking its critics last week when I was forcibly removed from a conference simply because I was affiliated with Amazon Watch. The excuse given for the outrageous step was that it was a preemptive act to prevent something they feared I might do.

Hawaiian Students Challenge 'Censorship Swamp' in First Amendment Lawsuit

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

What is it with public colleges preventing their students from handing out the Constitution? Have these schools ever heard of the First Amendment?

Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Differ

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Though often used interchangeably, the concept of freedom of speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it relates to duties of the state and state power.

Easter: Another Chance to Screw Up Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

It's Easter, which in political terms means there is going to be some government body that attempts to put up religious symbols on public property and some outside group that says those symbols are unconstitutional.

Free Speech, Twitter, and the "Collective Unconsciousness of the Species"

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Last month my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Phil...

Congressional Democrats Making Huge Mistake Targeting Hate Speech

Alan Colmes | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Alan Colmes

Democrats Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Hakeem Jeffreys of New York want to clamp down on what can be said on radio under the rubric of "hate speech," and it's a terrible idea. Government should stay as far away from broadcast content as possible.

'Game of Thrones' Quote Deemed Too Threatening for NJ Community College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If there's one thing I've learned as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), it's that I will always be amazed by the a...

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.15.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.26.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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.