Does it really matter that Americans don’t know exactly what the First Amendment says?

First Amendment

Americans are generally aware that the First Amendment gives them the right to express themselves but are pretty fuzzy on its actual details.
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Podcast: Deconstructing the “Gay Wedding Cake” Case

Lata Nott delves into one of the most controversial cases on the Supreme Court’s docket this year, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and what the Court’s decision means for First Amendment and LGBTQ rights.
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The biggest threat to democracy might be the loss of local newspapers


It’s not national news media outlets that we need to worry about. Smaller newspapers are suffering.
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Half-Baked? The Supreme Court Decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop

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The Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case sidesteps overarching issues of religious freedom and gay rights.
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These Two States Are Pushing Laws to Criminalize Some Protests

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In the expressed interest of protecting critical infrastructure, these laws are designed to prevent protests that take place on or even near infrastructure sites.
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Podcast: How do you solve a problem like Facebook?


Can sites like Facebook censor fake news and hate speech? Can the government make them? And if so–is that a good idea?
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2018 Competitors

School Name Team Number Boston College 1 University of Maryland 2 Wayne State 3 Temple University 4 Loyola University – Chicago 5 University of California – Los Angeles 6 Florida
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Can anti-profanity laws and the fighting words doctrine be squared with the First Amendment?

First Amendment scholar David Hudson discusses why these laws are constitutional–and why that’s a problem.
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Florida State University College of Law Wins Moot Court Competition

The team took top honors at this year’s Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.
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Are high schools teaching students to devalue free speech?

When high school students are threatened and punished for using their First Amendment rights, is it any wonder they show intolerance of free speech as they enter college?
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