NEWS AND VIEWS

‘Cross at Ground Zero’: History lesson or state religion?

The First Amendment separates church from state, but not religion from public life – and it doesn’t require equal time or balanced treatment for all faiths and beliefs.

Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

Freedom to report the news necessarily means the freedom to gather it, and police in Ferguson, Mo., have blatantly tried to stop journalists from doing their jobs.

Attorney can quote judicial opinions in advertising

Federal appeals panel finds quotes lauding attorney’s ability are truthful and not misleading.

In a world of sectarian violence, what can be done?

Amid persecutions of Christians, Muslims and other faiths around the globe, Face to Faith is a beacon of hope.

Examining the new importance of ‘where’ we speak

Supreme Court will look at question of whether threats made in social media can be considered ‘true threats.’

Beyond the outrage, is Hobby Lobby decision a win-win?

Supreme Court ruling is neither the all-out assault on women’s rights alleged by some on the left nor the major expansion of religious freedom trumpeted by many on the right.

A positive Supreme Court term for the First Amendment

But increasingly narrow holdings, exceptions for national security, rights for corporations leave questions about what direction Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence will go.

Telling the police to f*** off: risky First Amendment business

Although some courts have protected some obscene rants directed at cops, you still might want to be careful if you get pulled over.

John Seigenthaler: A champion of the First Amendment

Crusading journalist never retired from his passion for the First Amendment, the sense that every voice has value.

Duff: We have lost ‘a champion for freedom’

Statement from James C. Duff, CEO of Freedom Forum, Newseum and Newseum Institute, on the death of John Seigenthaler.

Court limits Garcetti – at least a little

Justices reject argument that 2006 decision sharply curtailing public employees’ free speech applied in a case involving court testimony.

Cannibal Cop: freedom for thoughts, fantasies we hate

By Clay Calvert Ruling that throws out conviction of police officer for conspiracy to commit kidnapping on basis of grisly online posts strikes blow against dangerous notion of ‘thought crimes.’

In new poll, marriage equality beats religious objections

State of the First Amendment survey finds majorities support same-sex health benefits and requiring wedding businesses to serve gay couples, religious beliefs notwithstanding.

It’s vital to know how to use — and defend — our freedoms

Although this year’s State of the First Amendment survey shows some disturbing results, it also indicates more Americans back free expression in areas of society that have not always enjoyed popular support.