NEWS AND VIEWS

Thomas again calls for overruling of Buckley v. Valeo

Justice Clarence Thomas asserts that giving money to a political campaign constitutes core political speech that’s protected by the First Amendment.

50 years ago, Lenny Bruce’s arrest no joking matter

The freedom embodied in comedy is of serious importance — yet in America’s past and around the world today, making jokes about certain subjects can land comedians in legal trouble.

Gay marriage, religious freedom and the need for civil dialogue

The issue is fast becoming a shouting match where any concern for the common good is lost in the din of charge and countercharge.

Celebrating two First Amendment landmark moments

CBS News’ Edward R. Murrow’s crusading broadcasts and the Supreme Court’s Sullivan decision helped reshape contemporary American life and how as a nation we perceive and apply our core freedoms of free press and free speech.

With the stroke of a pen, Ariz. governor changes everything

The sad lesson of the battle over S.B. 1062 is that in the current climate of name-calling and fear-mongering, few people on either side are willing to work together to uphold both nondiscrimination and religious freedom.

FCC study: Necessary report or ‘national news nanny’?

The government’s record on good intentions and the news media provides enough cause to worry.

Push for ‘school prayer’ is about power, not prayer

Despite what you hear, prayer has never been banned in school; what’s banned is government-forced prayer.

A ‘flash’ of insight on just how free is our free speech

Case involving flashing headlights to warn motorists of speed traps reminds us that government can’t override our free speech without good reason rooted in law.

Vladimir Putin’s Potemkin village

Putin’s “new Russia” looks very much like the old Russia that denied freedom of expression, religious liberty and other human rights.

A time for more speech in the face of bias, bigotry

One of the hardest times for the image of the First Amendment is when its protection means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.

Do corporations have religious freedom?

When people of faith choose to live out that faith in the world of business, they should not be put to what the Supreme Court once called ‘the cruel choice’ between following their God and making a profit.