Tag: First Amendment
“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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Trinity Lutheran and a Response to Michael Stokes Paulsen and NRO

On May 3, The Wall Street Journal posted a short op-ed I wrote on the Trinity Lutheran case. (Sorry, but the op-ed is behind a pay wall; however, here is a blog post that gives some background to the case and my first impressions.) Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen, alleging I was “wrong on every...
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Thoughts on the Trinity Lutheran Case and SCOTUS

The media has been reporting on the arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, the so-called “playground case.” I’ve had a chance to examine the briefs and arguments and wanted to share these thoughts. First, a bit of background. The state of Missouri operates a program whereby it reimburses nonprofits when they install rubber...
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Geert Wilders Convicted of Hate Speech: Will It Happen Here?

Last week, Dutch politician Geert Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group. The offending remarks came at a political rally when Wilders suggested that his country would be better off without any more Moroccan immigration. The New York Times has this news story here. Many folks who read this website are likely...
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