First Five

2020: The year to support, defend – and trust – our free press

2020 resolution

In 2020, in order to defend and support that core freedom, we will need to confront in real ways the storm of disinformation, news manipulation and dwindling ranks of journalism that’s been building for nearly a decade.
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We’re divided in new ways over our core First Amendment freedoms

First Amendment

Recap the controversial and multi-faceted First Amendment issues of 2019, from a Black Lives Matter activist lawsuit, the Ukraine-Biden investigation controversy, regulatory threats over political advertising and beyond.
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Baby Jesus Wasn’t a Patriotic American

Christmas Nativity

Religious communities should be concerned when public officials, including those in the White House, use religious holidays like Christmas to stoke nationalist sentiments among their Twitter followers.
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’Tis the Season for Celebrating Freedom

Bill of Rights Day Feature

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15 by breaking the cycle of ignorance and misinformation that threatens our five fundamental freedoms.
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When words speak louder than actions

Choose Your Words

The First Amendment may protect our right to speak freely, but it does have limits.
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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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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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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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