First Amendment Commentary

Student-Rapper Appeals to high court, as a matter of last resort

When can public officials punish a student for expression created entirely off-campus? Is it sufficient for school officials to claim that school officials have authority over off-campus expression because some of the “intended audience” are students and school officials?
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500-plus days of injustice — Free Washington Post‘s Jason Rezaian

Iran has now unjustly imprisoned Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian for more than 500 days — a travesty piled atop an absurdity that compounds a tragedy.
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Muslims, refugees, and the struggle for the soul of America

Daniel Etter via The New York Times

The horrific terrorist attacks of recent weeks have brought out the worst – and the best – in the American character.
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Want to terrorize a terrorist? Try a bit of ‘freedom’

Paris

Want to know how to terrorize a terrorist? Read the 45 words of the First Amendment – preferably aloud.
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Islam, public schools, and the challenge of teaching about religions

Islam

What has triggered recent conflicts is not so much inclusion of study about religions in the curriculum – some level of religious literacy, after all, is required by all state standards. The fight is over how teaching about religions – in this case Islam – is carried out in the classroom.
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Shouting in favor of silencing others: A First Amendment conundrum

There is no sadder example of suddenly rampant disregard and disdain for our core freedoms, along with a healthy dose of misunderstanding, than the now-infamous video taken Monday on the campus of the University of Missouri.
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Justice Alito: Five Memorable First Amendment Passages

Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Another in the periodic Newseum Institute series about U.S. Supreme Court justices and their memorable comments on our First Amendment freedoms
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Justice Kennedy Invokes Time-Honored First Amendment Doctrine

Justice Anthony Kennedy

Another in the periodic Newseum Institute series about U.S. Supreme Court justices and their memorable comments on our First Amendment freedoms.
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Politics and perils of Muslim bashing on the campaign trail

Islam

According to conventional presidential campaign wisdom, loose talk denigrating a religious tradition practiced by millions of Americans would seriously damage – if not sink – a candidate’s bid for the nomination of either major party.
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Celebrate ‘Free Speech Week’: Speak up, speak out!

Freedom Speaks Free Speech Week

It’s Free Speech Week 2015 — and a major debate over free speech has just broken out.
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