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Freedom of Speech

The First Casualty Of Religious Wars Is Truth

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Over the past decades, conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military, and they disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. In the last several years, though, there has been closer scrutiny of the conduct of certain chaplains and commanders who have used their positions to advance their own religious beliefs.

UNESCO's fight to promote a truly American value globally: Freedom of speech

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Every year on this day, May 3, the international community comes together for World Press Freedom Day. For those of us here in the United States, it's...

New First Amendment Suit Poses Existential Threat to Government Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It's not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments' resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. No, the new existential threat facing government unions comes from... the First Amendment.

Alaska Natives Rally As Judge Considers Whether Salmon Fishing is a Religious Rite | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

About 40 people in the Western Alaska regional hub city of Bethel took an hour or two out of their day, Monday, to join in a show of resistance to gov...

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Latino Voices

Celebrate National Poetry Month Read poems. Write Poems. Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking. Work By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante...

Romney, Paul Among Those Receiving Dubious Honors

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. -- Idaho regulators who banned the sale of Five Wives Vodka out of fear of offending tee-totaling Mormons and a Missouri legislator who ...

Egypt's Jon Stewart Is No Hero

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Bassem Youssef, the famous host of an Egyptian satire news show, is being sued. Bassem is no hero of mine, and there are countless others who share my...

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Faces Government Harrassment

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.02.2013 | World

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday stepped up a campaign against a popular TV comedian accused of insulting the president, threatening to r...

Don't Leave Iran's Cyber Dissidents Unarmed

Chris DeVito | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Chris DeVito

It need not be this way. While both the United States and the European Union have used targeted sanctions against the worst violators of Internet freedom in Iran, they have not done enough to empower their victims.

Mexico Sets the Tone on Hate Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

LGBTQ communities across Mexico are, no doubt, ecstatic by the ruling that two homophobic slurs are not legally protected as freedom of speech. But as most LGBTQ Latinos know, these two homophobic epithets are so frequently espoused throughout Latin American culture that many are not cognizant of their deleterious effect.

Principle vs. Privilege Of Free Speech

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Harris Zafar

Opponents of Islam claim it denies freedom of speech and censors those who insult Islam. This is factually incorrect. After all, the Prophet Muhammad called differences of opinion a blessing in society and never sought to censor or threaten those who verbally attacked him.

Mexico Makes Landmark Move On Anti-Gay Language

Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In what's already been hailed as a landmark case, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that anti-gay slurs were not protected under the country's freedom of s...

Freedom of Speech at Stake in Indiana

Dan Bimrose | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

What do the far right conservative group Eagle Forum and the ACLU of Indiana have in common? They are part of a collection of groups and individuals filing briefs on behalf of Daniel Brewington.

Our Freedom of Speech

Rachel Demma | Posted 04.30.2013 | Teen
Rachel Demma

Upon arrival at a Model United Nations conference, five classmates and I begrudgingly attended what we assumed would be an incredibly boring event: Opening Ceremonies. Much to our surprise, the event was not tedious at at all, but instead extremely controversial.

Is Seth MacFarlane Oscar's Latest Lame Duck?

Donnie Demers | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Donnie Demers

If you've ever seen Family Guy than you knew it was almost guaranteed that Seth MacFarlane was poised to offend lots of people. After all, isn't that why Family Guy is so wildly popular?

Prioritize Your Rights

Walker Bragman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman


Town Board to Residents: Shut Up About That Darn Fracking Thing, Willya?

OnEarth | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green

By Scott Dodd, OnEarth During my 12-year career as a newspaper reporter, I spent thousands of hours sitting through city council meetings, zoning boa...

Feinstein, Levin and McCain on the Wrong Side of Free Speech

Ira Glasser | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Ira Glasser

The recent controversy over the film Zero Dark Thirty implicates free expression, artistic freedom and public policy issues that are of great concern.

Egypt to Ban YouTube for a Month in Response to 'Innocence of Muslims'

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to follow political news.

Twitter vs. the Emir: Tweeting in Kuwait Becoming a Dangerous Pastime

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

Increasingly, those in Kuwait who would use Twitter to express discontent with their political system or criticize the ruler (not to mention religion) do so at their own risk.

Silence Is a Virtue, But Speech Is a Right

The Technician | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
The Technician

It goes without saying that the First Amendment is a newspaper's best friend. It is the reason that sections like Viewpoint can and do exist. In light of recent events, the First Amendment deserves a standing ovation.

Will the Internet Remain Free?

Karl Grossman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology
Karl Grossman

From seemingly out of nowhere, the Internet has become the greatest global platform for free expression the world has ever seen. But will this last?

Internet Freedom Day: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.20.2013 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Hey folks -- Today is Internet Freedom Day and that's a really big deal. This year, I asked folks: How does the Internet give you a voice? I got a lot of really good responses, and wanted to share some of them with you on Internet Freedom Day.

On Civil Rights, Don Imus, Feminists, and Political Correctness

Gina Barreca | Posted 03.18.2013 | College
Gina Barreca

A student from another institution telephoned me and wanted to talk about political correctness. Our exchange, unedited, appears below.