Tag Archives: free speech

Free Speech? Attorney General Slams Pastor’s Plan to Burn Koran

In a private meeting with leaders of various religions, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his dismay at a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran. According to a person in attendance, Holder called it "idiotic and dangerous." Holder…

Explicit Lyrics? Defendant Jailed for Making YouTube Video About Judge

US Army Sergeant Franklin Delano Jeffries II grew weary and frustrated with a custody battle for his daughter and took to YouTube to voice his frustrations. That video, however, has landed him in hot water and resulted in a new…

School Does Not Have to Recognize Religious Group That Excludes Gays

The Supreme Court has held that a California law school does not have to give official recognition to a religious organization that requires all members sign a statement saying "unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle" is…

Are Online Comments No Longer Anonymous?

Post by Randall Ryder In a recent case, the Third Circuit of Appeals ruled that an Illinois newspaper must reveal the identity of an anonymous commentator.  Going forward, will this change the way newspapers and individuals approach online comments? The case…

Will no ban on corporate political spending skew elections?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections may skew the playing field for future elections. The First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating speech, especially political speech. Theoretically, the…

California Gay Marriage Trial To Be Shown on YouTube

A federal court judge in California has decided to broadcast the upcoming trial on California’s gay marriage ban as part the 9th Circuits experimental broadcast program. The experimental program, just adopted, allows non-jury civil cases to be filmed by court…

Media aren’t the best friends of human rights

By Haroon Siddiqui Sometimes it is useful to return to a contentious topic long after it has disappeared from the headlines, public passions have subsided and minds are perhaps more open to sober second thought. One such subject is free…