News & Commentary

Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

First Five Newsletter: November 14, 2019

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A university’s apology piece, Twitter’s new rules, John Oliver on SLAPP suits and more.
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No apology needed for good journalism – even when you don’t like it

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Harvard’s student government voted to support a petition condemning their student newspaper, for the factual reporting of protests against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement some weeks ago.
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Chips Watch: The Latest Alumni News

Chips Watch features the latest in CQS alumni news.
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Workplace Integrity Training at Public Media Stations

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The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) spent two days in October training more than 50 staff members at St. Louis Public Radio using the Power Shift Project’s Workplace Integrity curriculum.
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Federal Judge Rules Georgia Sheriff Violated the First Amendment by Posting Signs in Sex Offenders’ Yards

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A federal district court has ruled that a Georgia sheriff violated the First Amendment by posting signs in front of sex offenders’ homes for kids not to trick-or-treat there.
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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?

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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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Freedom of Religion and Worshiping in Texas Prisons Brown v. Collier (2019)

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Muslim inmates who were previously allowed to participate in group worship under indirect supervision must now await volunteers to facilitate directly supervised religious gatherings.
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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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How Not to Protect Religious Freedom: The Strange Case of the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on the Religious Exemption

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OFCCP’s proposed rule’s harmful and unnecessary expansion of the existing religious exemption for employers endangers the religious freedom and civil rights of employees across the nation.
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