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The First Amendment protects five core freedoms that are under attack every day — from the left, the right, and everywhere in between. First Five strives to foster interest in First Amendment news and provide a platform for discussion among enthusiasts and activists.

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Hosts Lata Nott and Freedom Forum Institute president Gene Policinski talk to the personalities in the news around cutting-edge issues and challenges to the First Amendment, providing first-hand insight and informative inquiry.

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Enjoy regular commentary on First Amendment issues from Gene Policinski and Lata Nott and periodic contributions by other experts at the Institute.

First Five Newsletter: November 7, 2019

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Teacher led prayer in schools, “cancel culture,” Religious Freedom Center graduate intensive course and more.
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Teacher-led Prayer: Unconstitutional but Appropriate?

Teacher Praying

Teachers should help students understand why religious freedom protections — like the prohibition against teacher-led prayer — benefit people of all religions and none.
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First Five Newsletter: October 31, 2019

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First Amendment poll, Facebook’s political ad policy, YouTube’s extremist content and more.
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First Five Newsletter: October 24, 2019

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Facebook’s plan for the 2020 election, space in newspapers for political candidates deemed unconstitutional and more.
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Does the University of Illinois’ Title IX policy violate freedom of the press?

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A recent university investigation conducted reviews on the handling of sexual harassment complaints and if their Title IX policy violates the First Amendment.
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First Five Newsletter: October 17, 2019

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Facebook’s political advertisement policies, assaulting journalists a federal crime and more.
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From NBA to Trump to our ears and eyes, how free speech works

Freedom of Speech

Other nations may have rules or laws that in some fashion say they protect or really do protect freedom of speech, but none has quite the same strong constitutional protection that we have in the U.S.
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First Five Newsletter: October 10, 2019

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Honoring religious identity, National Newspaper Week, upcoming Religious Freedom Center programs and more
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Protecting Religious Freedom Has a Domino Effect

Religious Freedom

The recent death of a turbaned Sikh law enforcement officer sparks conversation over the fact that some members of minority religious communities are still forced to decide between serving their country and honoring their religious identities.
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First Five Newsletter: October 3, 2019

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Comedy and free speech, religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in the courts, First Amendment commentary by Donald Trump Jr. and more.
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