‘-45-’ — Remembering a man who championed freedom

A great man, a great journalist, a great lover of freedom has died, leaving a lasting legacy.

Survey backs student free expression

But a third of Americans still say First Amendment goes too far in protecting freedoms in 2014 State of the First Amendment survey.

‘Slender Man’ and the First Amendment: why it protects his creator

By Clay Calvert Famous Supreme Court case buttresses the idea that we can’t blame real-world violence on media creations.

Still risky for citizens to video police – even in public places

By Clay Calvert Some court rulings have upheld the right of citizens to photograph and film police in public, but citizens take their chances when they pull out their cameras.

Qualified immunity protects Secret Service agents

In Supreme Court case involving Oregon protest, justices rule that Secret Service protection of the president takes precedence over considerations of viewpoint discrimination.

In higher education, low tolerance for free speech

A student who handed out flyers is charged with religious discrimination for disseminating views critical of a religious group. But wait, there’s more.

From the Supreme Court, prayer rules that won’t work

Decision in New York case creates confusion for government officials who now must decide when an official legislative or meeting prayer crosses the line into proselytizing or disparaging other religions.

‘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.

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