Inside the First Amendment (Archive)

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.

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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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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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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From NBA to Trump to our ears and eyes, how free speech works

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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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Funny or Not, Speech is Still Free

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The joke is on you, because that’s how the First Amendment works.
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Does the First Amendment Protect Speech Made By Artificial Intelligence?

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The history of technology and the First Amendment essentially involves our legal system slowly and reluctantly expanding the definition of speech to include new forms of communication.
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First Amendment Freedoms Not Just ‘Office Hours’ or When Convenient

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Our First Amendment freedoms don’t keep office hours.
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First Amendment Protections Resilient for Free Speech, Free Press

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Any attempts to limit First Amendment rights deserve scrutiny, but clearly run against the core values held by sizeable majorities in an era when such majorities rarely exist.
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Back to School — And Religion Is on the Syllabus?

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It may surprise some, but a significant majority of Americans — including public school teachers — say yes.
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Can Government Contractors Refuse Workers Based on Religious Beliefs?

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The greatly expanded scope of the exemption means that it has the potential to bolster one aspect of religious freedom (for some) while undermining another.
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