NEWS AND VIEWS

Much to-do about history for divided high court

Though sharply divided on whether legislative prayers in Greece, N.Y., are permissible, two Supreme Court justices agree that history factors into the constitutional calculus.

Gay rights and religious freedom

Religious Freedom Center and Moment magazine discussion explores thorny religious-liberty issues.

Supreme Court: Fox News reporter protected by N.Y. ‘shield’

And hear an interview with Jana Winter after lower-court ruling against her.

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.

The high stakes for short messages

Parody twitter accounts deserve the full protection of the First Amendment.

Politics and perils of closing school for religious holidays

As religious diversity continues to expand in all parts of America, many school and city officials may be forced to decide that the only viable solution is not to close schools on religious holidays.

Wake-up call in Kansas: Anti-Semitism is alive and dangerous in America

We can act to inoculate the next generation against the sick and twisted ideology that inspired Frazier Glenn Miller to gun down three innocent people in a fit of rage against the Jews.

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.

Are ‘religious viewpoint’ laws needed in public schools?

The biggest problem with protection laws for student religious expression is the potential for abuse.

‘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.

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.