‘Abracadabra!’ Judge says Teller’s trick is protected

‘The mere fact that a dramatic work or pantomime includes a magic trick, or even that a particular illusion is its central feature, does not render it devoid’ of protection, district judge writes.

St. John’s University team takes home top Moot Court honors

Georgetown University is runner-up in 24th annual National First Amendment Moot Court competition sponsored by Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University Law School.

Special report: Constitutionality of state funeral-picketing laws since Snyder v. Phelps

Report by team of law students at the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America examines legal, legislative responses to Supreme Court ruling.

Bloggers enjoy First Amendment protection against libel suits

In a landmark decision, a federal appellate court held for the first time that blogs enjoy the same First Amendment protection from libel suits as traditional news media.

In 2014, free the faithful

Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran, is just one of thousands imprisoned for their different faiths around the world.

From a 5th-grader, uncomfortable truth about religious conflict

If schools don’t teach young kids (or allow them to discuss) the truth about religious strife in history, then what exactly do they teach?

Don’t worry, Santa, the ‘war on Christmas’ isn’t real

Belief in Santa perpetuates a spirit of joy and goodwill. But the “war on Christmas” narrative does little more than stir up anger and ill will.

On college campuses, zoning out free speech

How freedom of speech is under assault on many American college and university campuses.

Preview: First Amendment issues on Supreme Court docket

Six cases on its docket raise First Amendment issues, including high-profile disputes over campaign finance reform and church-state relations.

First Amendment Moot Court registration underway

All application materials must be submitted by Oct. 4 for the 2014 competition, scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2014.

Stephen Stills honored for free speech through music

In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas. Awardees have come from a wide musical and political spectrum, including Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels and Mavis Staples.

When God-talk by kids is protected speech

Fortunately, a growing number of schools are getting the message that the First Amendment doesn’t mandate a religion-free zone in public schools.

Debate over Syria an unprecedented national ‘e-conversation’

Americans are engaged in what is a historic – at least, by virtue of being largely electronic – national discussion over national priorities and military options.

To stop the madness, put a face to faith

Success of Face to Faith program in schools worldwide reminds us that In a world torn by sectarian violence and hate, we can – and must – do much more to help young people experience our common humanity.

34% say First Amendment goes too far in protecting rights

2013 State of the First Amendment survey results announced.

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