Freedom of Speech

‘More Speech, Not Enforced Silence’

D.Hudson Counter Speech Feature

At times, it is most tempting to censor speech or to call for the censorship of speech we don’t like, but before engaging in those impulses, we should consider Justice Brandeis’s time-honored message of “more speech, not enforced silence.”
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Famed Sculptor Stood Up for Civil Rights

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When we appreciate the beauty and artistic genius of Frederick Hart, let’s also remember his commitment to justice and civil rights.
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The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or punishing your speech, but it doesn’t apply to private organizations.
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Federal Appeals Court: Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Challenge Removal of Confederate Monuments

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans and concerned individuals lacked standing to pursue their First Amendment claims over the removal of Confederate monuments in Texas.
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The ‘Bedrock Principle’ of the First Amendment

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The “bedrock principle” phrase from a 1989 flag-burning decision, has come to represent a cardinal principle of First Amendment law — that the First Amendment protects much offensive expression.
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We’re divided in new ways over our core First Amendment freedoms

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Recap the controversial and multi-faceted First Amendment issues of 2019, from a Black Lives Matter activist lawsuit, the Ukraine-Biden investigation controversy, regulatory threats over political advertising and beyond.
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What a Phrase: “Falsely Shouting ‘Fire’ in a Theatre”

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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr produced one of the most-often quoted phrases from First Amendment jurisprudence that has transcended the Supreme Court reports into the normal cultural sphere, the “‘Fire’ in a theatre” language.
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’Tis the Season for Celebrating Freedom

Bill of Rights Day Feature

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15 by breaking the cycle of ignorance and misinformation that threatens our five fundamental freedoms.
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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Man with Vanity Plate, ‘IM GOD’

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Kentucky man sued in federal court alleging a violation of his First Amendment free-speech rights, denying him a vanity license plate with the message “IM GOD.”
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The First Amendment Has Protected President Donald J. Trump

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The First Amendment protects much speech that may annoy, offend and even harm. It often protects all of us, including the president.
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