More First Amendment Articles

  • The good fight: FIRE suing colleges and universities over speech codes

    Once upon a time, American colleges and universities prided themselves on being a zone of free expression, open to ideas, in a society that often censored speech and pressured citizens into conformism. How things have changed!

  • Nonprofit launches new effort against campus speech codes

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education on Tuesday announced a significant litigation effort to fight campus speech codes in colleges and universities across the country. FIRE, a non-profit foundation that advocates for academic freedom, filed four separate lawsuits against Ohio...

  • Supreme Court strikes two big blows for freedom: Examiner Editorial

    The Supreme Court issued two crucial opinions, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn. Both rulings protect constitutionally guaranteed individual freedoms that Democratic politicians seek to compromise.

  • Good news for liberty in Hobby Lobby dissent

    Though they joined colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg in arguing against Hobby Lobby's challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan filed a separate one-paragraph dissent that bodes well for the future of religious liberty.

  • Supreme Court kills Obamacare birth control mandate in Hobby Lobby case

    The Supreme Court struck down a key Obamacare provision Monday, saying businesses can use religious beliefs to opt out of a requirement that employers cover birth control for employees.

  • High court stays out of Mt. Soledad cross dispute

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the long-running dispute over a war memorial cross in San Diego before a federal appeals court has its say. Supporters of the 43-foot monument atop Mount Soledad wanted skip the appeals court and go straight to the Supreme Court...

  • McCullen a half-victory for pro-life movement

    The Supreme Court handed anti-abortion activists a partial victory Thursday in McCullen v. Coakley when it found that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment. Writing for a unanimous Court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the...

  • Supreme Court says abortion clinic buffer zone unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that set a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, saying it stifled free speech rights of protesters.

  • Liberals champion freedom of speech --- except in politics

    I'm old enough to remember when American liberals cherished the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. They celebrated especially the freedom accorded those with unpopular beliefs and protested attempts to squelch the expression of differing opinions.

  • Government involvement in un-naming the Redskins is 'patently' dangerous

    Now that the federal government via the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is officially -- and not just verbally -- inserting itself into the ongoing debate about the Washington Redskins' chosen mascot name and emblems, a decent respect for the opinions of sports fans, moral busybodies, and...

  • Flag-desecration and First Amendment hypocrisy in the US Senate

    Political posturing trumps the First Amendment. That is the clear message being sent by at least 15 senators who, less than a decade ago, were some of the most ardent opponents of a flag-burning constitutional amendment.

  • Two fundamental problems with wrongful-birth suits

    Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo is proposing a bill to prohibit the disturbing phenomena of "wrongful birth" and "wrongful life" suits. In a wrongful birth suit, the parents claim that they were injured by the birth of their child; in particular, they wish they could have aborted...

  • Examiner Editorial: Redskins' Dan Snyder should tell the PC bullies to shove it

    There may be hope that common sense and courage are making a comeback in the nation's capital. How else to explain the appearance of this statement in the Washington Post: “For some people, the word 'Redskins' has lost all of its vicious old meaning and represents their beloved Sonny Jurgensen...

  • The dangerous Democratic assault on free speech

    David Brown was imprisoned for 18 months because he demonstrated against rising taxes. Author James Callendar spent nine months in jail for writing a book critical of the government. Newspaper editor Benjamin Franklin Bache was arrested for criticizing the president but died before his trial,...

  • Intolerance on campus in the name of tolerance

    Bowdoin College officials insist that "religious freedom and spirituality are alive and thriving" at the liberal arts college in Maine but members of campus Christian club heartily disagree. For the first time in 40 years, Bowdoin Christian Fellowship's club charter was rejected because it...



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