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‘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.
The issue is fast becoming a shouting match where any concern for the common good is lost in the din of charge and countercharge.
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.
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.
The government’s record on good intentions and the news media provides enough cause to worry.
Despite what you hear, prayer has never been banned in school; what’s banned is government-forced prayer.
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.
Putin’s “new Russia” looks very much like the old Russia that denied freedom of expression, religious liberty and other human rights.
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.
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.
Nothing about the national debate over abortion is simple — and that applies at times to even the words and manner we use in talking about it.
Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran, is just one of thousands imprisoned for their different faiths around the world.
To reshape public debate in a more civil manner, truth, independence and transparency are a good place for a free press to start.
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?
There are strong First Amendment reasons for disclosure of 911 calls, including those recently released from last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.