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Climate-Change Politics – Part 3

It's the enviro-fascists versus free speech and science BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON I wrote in my previous column that environmentalists are exploiting the climate-change issue to promote an...

House Passes Political-Omnibus Bill H.R. 1

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE H.R. 1, the political regulation omnibus bill, contains “provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association,” and which “will...

California Bill Violates Free Speech

LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL SACRAMENTO, CA -- California State Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel has proposed a bill that would violate the First Amendment by forcing every...

Is H.R. 1 Really “for the People?”

TAKE ACTION, HERITAGE FOUNDATION In January, House Democrats introduced their signature piece of legislation, H.R. 1, the “For The People Act.” H.R. 1 is full of unconstitutional...

Tell Your Representative to Vote “NO” to Suppressing Free Speech, Violating Our Privacy Rights,...

LIBERTY ALERTS, EAGLE FORUM TAKE ACTION Congress Will Not Silence Us! Congress will vote this week on a very dangerous bill. The For the People Act (H.R. 1) actually...

Charleston Appeals Federal Decision Striking Down Tour Guide

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Charleston, S.C.—Yesterday , attorneys for the City of Charleston appealed an August 2018 federal court ruling that struck down the...

Counseling Ban Goes to Court of Appeals

LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL Late yesterday, within 59 minutes of a judge’s ruling on a counseling ban, Liberty Counsel filed a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeals...

Victory for Pro-life Speech in New York

LIBERTY COUNSEL BROOKLYN, NY – New York Attorney General Letitia James has abandoned on appeal attempts to censor the Christian and pro-life speech of Liberty Counsel’s client...

What’s Missing from Facebook’s Oversight Board

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Facebook has set out a draft charter for an “Oversight Board for Content Decisions.” This document represents the first concrete step yet toward...

UC Davis warns students about speech restrictions in China

SARAH MCLAUGHLIN, FOUNDATION FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION Earlier this month, FIRE launched its “Commitment to Campus Free Expression at Home and Abroad,” a statement...

Lawsuit Challenges SEC Gag Order and Book Ban

Institute for Justice represents Cato Institute in First Amendment lawsuit to end SEC’s imposition of unconstitutional settlement gag orders J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE This...

Maryland Counseling Ban on Trial

LIBERTY COUNSEL BALTIMORE, MD – Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction against Maryland's new law which prohibits minors from receiving voluntary counseling from...

Principal “Grinch” Who Censored Christmas Resigns

LIBERTY COUNSEL The principal at Manchester Elementary School in Nebraska who was on administrative leave for censoring Christmas has resigned. Last night, the Elkhorn Public...

Chicago State University professor Wins First Amendment lawsuit

LIBERTY ALERTS, THE FIRE.ORG University repeatedly tried to shut down faculty blog critical of former administration Settlement is the 13th for FIRE’s litigation project,...

Can Pluralism Work Online?

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has consulted with conservative individuals and groups about its content moderation. Recently I suggested that social media...

Responding to criticisms of the proposed Dept. of Education Title IX regulations

BY FIRE Introduction Since the Department of Education (ED) officially released its proposed Title IX regulations on November 16, there has been a flood of commentary analyzing the new...

Though Persecuted, Christians and Patriots are Standing

LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN I praise God for Wyoming GOP county chair Vicki Kissack having the courage to share my article, "Christians Deceived by...

LGBT’s “Outrageous Subpoena”— An Unprecedented Assault on Religious Liberty and Free Speech

LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Liberty Counsel filed an objection to a staggering subpoena from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (Lambda Legal), which represents...

So to Speak podcast: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

By Nico Perrino, The FIRE.org In 2012, a same-sex couple entered Masterpiece Cakeshop and asked its owner, Jack Phillips, to create a cake for their wedding...

NY AG Faces Headwinds in Pro-life Free Speech Case

LIBERTY COUNSEL BROOKLYN, NY – In a hearing this week in a federal lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seeking to punish...

82% Say It’s Hard to Ban Hate Speech Because People Can’t Agree What Speech...

EMILY EKINS, CATO INSTITUTE An overwhelming majority (82%) of Americans agree that “it would be hard to ban hate speech because people can’t agree what...

Do You Have a Constitutional Right to Follow the President on Twitter?

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Several Twitter users blocked by President Trump have threatened to file suit, alleging that his Twitter account constitutes a public forum,...

How Some State Politicians Are Using Government to Threaten Free Speech

JEREMY CADY & DAN CALDWELL, THE DAILY SIGNAL When it comes to threatening the free speech rights of American citizens, progressives have largely been the...

The Great Deceivers: Obama, Mary Landrieu and the Democrats

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Stop urinating on us and telling us it is raining. Please forgive me for using a crude saying. However, it...

Raising Big Money to Fight Big Money?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE In the latest of many enthusiastic National Public Radio reports on Professor Lawrence Lessig and his efforts to remove money from...

Let the Banner Fly! Protecting the Free Speech Rights of Churches

GEOFFREY SURTEES, ACLJ Last month, we were contacted by a pastor in New York who wished to display a church’s banner over a city’s main...

Victory for Religious Free Speech in Texas

CECE HEIL, ACLJ We recently assisted the Local Knights of Columbus in New Braunfels, Texas, who requested our help regarding a law governing the display...

IRS Chief Calls for a Redo on Proposed Anti-Free Speech Tax-Exempt Rules

MATTHEW CLARK, ACLJ The IRS appears to be backing down – for now – from its ill-conceived, and blatantly unconstitutional, attempt to restrict the free...

Police Misconduct — The Worst Case in March

TIM LYNCH, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Over at Cato’s Police Misconduct web site, we have identified the worst case for the month of March. It was the...

When Does Intolerance Work?

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ In the wake of the Mozilla controversy, the Duck Dynasty controversy, the Chick-fil-A boycott/buycott, and the countless examples of intolerance and intimidation...