Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

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.

Are ‘religious viewpoint’ laws needed in public schools?

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

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.

Inmate presses First Amendment claim over monitored calls to his attorney

Tennessee county sheriff’s office will have to convince a court that there were legitimate safety interests in monitoring inmate calls.

Judge halts Tenn. law restricting online sex ads

The Tennessean reports that federal judge agrees with arguments by Backpage.com that the law infringes on freedom of speech.

Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

Man’s anti-gun T-shirt in Murfreesboro, Tenn., mall probably isn’t protected if the mall is privately owned.

Anonymous speech at risk in Memphis case

A government body is trying to bolster its chances of winning a lawsuit at the expense of people who commented on a website on a public issue.

Tenn. man’s complaints about co-worker not protected speech

Federal judge rejects fired Franklin garbage-truck driver’s retaliation claims, saying his comments were made as part of his official duties and weren’t on a matter of public concern.

Street preacher topples Tenn. town’s permit rules

State appeals court agrees with Wallace Scott Langford that Maryville’s ordinance is too broad, too vague and gives too much discretion to police chief.

Student should have right to wear gay-straight club T-shirt

Controversy at a high school in Madisonville, Tenn., highlights the reality that censorship is alive and well when it comes to sexual orientation.

Sponsors propose amendment to Tenn. Shariah bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Opponents of legislation that would make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah say a proposed amendment that strips out any reference to a specific religion would make the measure tougher to fight in court if it passes.
The original bill (S.B. 1028/H.B. 1353) gave the [...]

Tenn. ACLU questions inclusion on terror-tracking website

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A spokesman for the state's Homeland Security Office says information about the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee was inaccurately posted on the website of a terrorist watchdog entity.
The Tennessee Fusion Center serves as a clearinghouse for information about criminals and potential terrorists.
Earlier this month, the ACLU sent out a letter to [...]

6th Circuit: Ex-trooper can’t reclaim job after running for mayor

A Tennessee state trooper who left his job to run for mayor has no
constitutional right to have his job back, a federal appeals ruled this
week.
Trooper Jimmy Sain left his job to run for mayor of Hardeman County, Tenn.,
because a federal law known as the Hatch
Act prohibits certain state employees from running for elective office.
The law [...]

Nashville sit-ins made history and headlines, panelists say

From left: John Seigenthaler, George Barrett, the Rev. James Lawson, Rip Patton and Gene Policinski
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fifty years ago the sit-in movement in Nashville had a drastic effect on the community and on headlines, panelists said last week.
“It was a big news story,” said First Amendment Center Founder John Seigenthaler, who was a reporter [...]

Congressman introduces federal anti-SLAPP bill

A Tennessee congressman has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives known as “the Citizen Participation Act of 2009” that would provide protection for people who are sued for exercising their First Amendment rights of petition and speech. If passed, the measure by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., would become the first federal anti-SLAPP [...]

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