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.

First Amendment Protections Resilient for Free Speech, Free Press

Freedom of Speech

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?

Books

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?

Office Meeting

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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Are social media companies going “too far” to regulate content on their platforms?

Social media

Americans are no longer taking everything they see on the internet at face value — and that’s a good thing for our democracy.
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‘First Five’ Commentary on First Amendment Issues Returns to Weekly Distribution

The “First Five” weekly column replaces the commentary known as “Inside the First Amendment,” written by various Institute staff since the mid-1990s.
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On Campus Speech: Thanks, Mr. President — But No Thanks

Free Speech, campus, backpack

Taking a shortcut through the First Amendment in the name of free speech is not a good idea — and that’s what Trump’s approach will be.
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News — Can We Own It? Should We Be Able To?

Newspapers, IFA

Information about the world around us is a right, a public good — and also a product.
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Student Journalism: More Needed Than Ever

Free Press, Journalist, Journalism

We take note of the great work being done by journalists who happen to be students as we recognize the 50th anniversary of a major student-First Amendment decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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The Ripple Effects of the Government Shutdown — Why We Should be More Civil to our Civil Servants

TSA, associated press, government shutdown

How’s our economy doing? Are the Trump tariffs actually working? Is it a good time to buy a house, start a business or invest in the stock market? No one knows.
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