Tag: First Amendment
Supreme Court Grants Injunctive Relief to New York Churches and Synagogues
In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court granted injunctive relief to Catholic and Jewish houses of worship affected by an executive order issued by New York governor Andrew Cuomo to battle the spread of the COVID-19. The governor’s order imposed restrictions on attendance at religious services in areas classified as “red” or “orange”...
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July 4th or July 14th? Today’s Upheaval Isn’t George Washington’s Revolution
America is experiencing a revolution. But it is a far different revolution than the one we celebrate every Fourth of July. In fact, it has much more in common with the French Revolution of 1789 than the Spirit of 1776. The American Revolution is often called a lawyers’ revolution. This is based on the...
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Easter Brings Pushback on Coronavirus Restrictions
As I mentioned in recent commentary for The American Spectator, the states (not the federal government) are charged under our system of government with dealing with the coronavirus. They possess the “police power” and may make laws for the health, welfare, and safety of the people. Chief Justice John Marshall recognized this exclusivity in...
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“First Amendment Is First for a Reason.” The Wisdom of Dave Chappelle
On college campuses, the new film No Safe Spaces explains, the First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack with threats, bans, and even violence. That threat has come to the attention of comedian Dave Chapelle, latest winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Chappelle, 46,...
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The Adachi Papers: SF Police Raid Attacks Free Press and Reveals Hypocrisy
With police and public officials alike, California taxpayers should watch what they do, not what they say.
Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Hidden Tolerance for Gay Rights
The law has limits to changing hearts and minds.
Victory for Public Workers at SCOTUS
This decision limits the power of organized labor and gives greater freedom to individual workers.
Religious Liberty Wins at SCOTUS...Sort Of
This was the right result in this case, but the Court has done little to provide meaningful guidance as free exercise and free speech clash with public accommodation statutes making sexual orientation a protected classification.
Review: The Post Puts Freedom of the Press in Spotlight
The Washington Post is now a stalwart of the national press corps, but, as the movie The Post makes clear, its status was not assured. Neither was the future of the Freedom of the Press in the wake of Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of The Pentagon Papers in 1971 in what may be the most...
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SCOTUS and Trinity Lutheran: Should We Celebrate?
The Supreme Court ruled this week that the state of Missouri cannot exclude non-profit, religious organizations from programs for which secular non-profits are eligible. The Washington Post has a news story on the opinion here. According to the Court “But the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise...
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