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.

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.

Young Americans have free-speech rights, too

It’s encouraging that 2014 State of the First Amendment survey shows most people say high school students should have same freedom to exercise their first freedoms as adults do.

In Tenn. mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

U.S. Supreme Court puts an end to bias-based lawsuit challenging permit for construction of an Islamic Center near Murfreesboro.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.