U.S. Supreme Court

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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What are today’s greatest threats to free speech?

free speech

What are the greatest threats to free speech? A recent free-speech discussion co-sponsored by the Newseum Institute and Spiked magazine posed that question. Here are my choices.
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Supreme Court to consider ‘association rights’ of public workers

If the Court adopts the rationale of the 3rd Circuit in the Heffernan v. City of Paterson case, more than 22 million public employees nationwide could be fired or demoted merely if their bosses mistakenly perceive them to be affiliated with different political campaigns.
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Five Quotes: Justice Antonin Scalia Defends Free Speech

Justice Antonin Scalia

During Justice Antonin Scalia’s nearly 30 years on the Court, he has made his mark in many areas of constitutional law. The First Amendment free-speech clause is no exception.
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Controversial Transit Ads: Destination, U.S. Supreme Court?

Controversial Transit Ads

The U.S. Supreme Court may well wade into the troubled waters of advertising on city transportation if it decides to review a case involving the rejection of highly charged political ads in Boston.
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No protests allowed at U.S. Supreme Court? Is that ‘Constitutional?’

Should the U.S. Supreme Court, a strong protector of free speech rights throughout the nation, be able to carve out a protest-free zone on its own premises?
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Despite settled law, schools still struggle to get religion right

Although I can’t cite a scientific survey to prove it, I have detected a recent upswing in conflicts over religion in public schools. Just as I was beginning to believe that most schools were finally getting religion right, it appears that the trend is in the other direction.
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After gay marriage, can we move from battleground to common ground?

In recent years, religious freedom – or, more precisely, religious-freedom claims – have been front and center in the battle over same-sex marriage.
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State of the First Amendment 2015

State of the First Amendment 2015

In a dramatic reversal from last year, less than 20 percent of Americans now think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.
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New Thought on ‘the Flag’ – and a New Lyric Line for ‘Dixie’

State of the First Amendment 2015

A new survey shows that a majority of all Americans agree with banning the Confederate battle flag from license plates, public buildings and store shelves.
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