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Posts Tagged ‘first amendment’

Answering a Critic of Friday’s Open Letter to OCR

Answering a Critic of Friday’s Open Letter to OCR

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org Brett Sokolow’s response to our call for clarity on campus harassment standards from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is misleading and disappointingly inaccurate. Commenting on FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s op-ed in last Friday’s edition of The Washington Post, Sokolow—a risk [...]

Certainty at Harvard

Certainty at Harvard

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Those on the staff of Harvard's student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, have finally balked at the politicization of their university.  Last month, Professor Susan Suleiman, a supporter of the Occupy movement, called on the faculty of the university to make an official statement against "social inequalities."  This was [...]

Following Publication of Photos, Newspaper Adviser Fired

Following Publication of Photos, Newspaper Adviser Fired

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org The East Carolinian and the Student Press Law Center both reported yesterday that Paul Isom, Director of Student Media at Eastern Carolina University (ECU), was fired on Wednesday. Isom's advising portfolio included the campus radio station, television station, yearbook, and several student magazines. But it was a [...]

FIRE Urges Department of Education to Protect Speech

FIRE Urges Department of Education to Protect Speech

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org In an open letter sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and ten other organizations urge the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to defend free speech on campus by ending the lingering confusion surrounding the definition of student harassment. "Since the 1980s, [...]

FIRE Intervenes at Harvard after Economics Professor Fired

FIRE Intervenes at Harvard after Economics Professor Fired

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org Today, FIRE has asked Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to reverse its action against a controversial economics professor after it canceled all of his courses due to an op-ed he published in India in the wake of last year's Mumbai terrorist bombings. Although Harvard's administration had defended [...]

9th Circuit Strikes Down Ban on Contributions to Ballot Measures

9th Circuit Strikes Down Ban on Contributions to Ballot Measures

Liberty Alerts, Institute for Justice In a mixed decision for the First Amendment, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down a Washington law that banned certain contributions to ballot measures within the key final three weeks before an election.  The court also upheld Washington’s stringent disclosure requirements for ballot [...]

Public School District Refunds Illegal Charges

Public School District Refunds Illegal Charges

Liberty Alerts, Liberty Counsel A school district has repaid hundreds of dollars to Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF) Good News Club at the request of Liberty Counsel, because the fees violated the First Amendment. The Midlothian Independent School District agreed that CEF should receive a discounted rate. The policy allows youth-oriented, [...]

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules for Property Owners/Renters

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules for Property Owners/Renters

Liberty Alerts, Institute for Justice Today the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down an important victoryfor Red Wing property owners and renters and for citizens across the state of Minnesota. The court allowed a property rights case to go forward that had been tied up by procedural hurdles for more than five years. The case challenges Red [...]

KC Johnson Weighs In On Keeton and More

KC Johnson Weighs In On Keeton and More

LIBERTY ALERTS, THE TORCH Over at Minding the Campus, KC Johnson has an excellent piece entitled "Emmer and Keeton-Two Terrible Decisions on Academic Freedom." As the title suggests, the piece is about the cases of Tom Emmer at Hamline University and Jennifer Keeton at Augusta State University. Of particular note is Johnson's close read of [...]

2011: Big Wins for Individual Rights in Education

2011: Big Wins for Individual Rights in Education

LIBERTY ALERTS, THE TORCH FIRE celebrated several significant victories with our Individual Rights Education Program in 2011. This year saw a number of important university policy changes as well as other positive developments for individual rights on campus. FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program (IREP) encompasses our efforts to [...]

Why Hasen Is Wrong About Foreign Speech

Why Hasen Is Wrong About Foreign Speech

PAUL SHERMAN, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Readers of Make No Law may recall that the Institute for Justice recently filed a brief in Bluman v. FEC, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear that case, a challenge to the federal prohibition on political spending by noncitizens. Now election-law scholar Rick Hasen has posted a commentary at The New [...]

2011 Victories: Public Prayer is Not a Constitutional Crisis

2011 Victories: Public Prayer is Not a Constitutional Crisis

Liberty Alerts, American Center for Law and Justice This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the hundreds of victories by the ACLJ in 2011. Just weeks before this year’s National Day of Prayer, a federal appeals court threw out a challenge by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to the yearly [...]

The Evils it Prevents: DeTocqueville on Liberty of the Press

The Evils it Prevents: DeTocqueville on Liberty of the Press

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Alexis de Tocqueville I confess that I do not entertain that firm and complete attachment to the liberty of the press which is wont to be excited by things that are supremely good in their very nature. I approve of it from a consideration more of the evils it prevents than of the advantages it [...]

Responding to POGO’s Ben Freeman on Bluman v. FEC

Responding to POGO’s Ben Freeman on Bluman v. FEC

By Paul Sherman, Congress Shall Make No Law Writing for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Ben Freeman argues that my recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal regarding Bluman v. FEC is “deceptively titled” and uses a “bait-and-switch tactic” to con people into believing the Congress shouldn’t have the power to ban political [...]

Appeals Court Upholds $37.6 Million Fine Against Trudeau

Appeals Court Upholds $37.6 Million Fine Against Trudeau

By Dennis Behreandt A federal appeals court has upheld a $37.6 million fine leveled against infomercial kingpin Kevin Trudeau, author of numerous “self-help” books including The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the case resulted when “Mr. Trudeau violated the [...]

Gun Owners of America: Year in Review 2011

Gun Owners of America: Year in Review 2011

In the 35 years since its foundation, the GOA has maintained its staunch opposition to any form of gun control, often taking a harder stand than the NRA.” -- Ben Garrett, award-winning journalist, newspaper editor and blogger With your help, Gun Owners of America was able to accomplish quite a bit in 2011. We thank you for your support, which [...]

Tour Guides File Federal First Amendment Lawsuit

Tour Guides File Federal First Amendment Lawsuit

Liberty Alerts, Institute for Justice May the city of New Orleans subject local tour guides to hundreds of dollars in fines and five months in jail for engaging in unauthorized talking? This is the question the Institute for Justice (IJ) seeks to answer in a federal lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of [...]

Obama Religious Freedom Initiative Called Unfeasible & Naive

Obama Religious Freedom Initiative Called Unfeasible & Naive

Liberty Alerts, Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews.com The State Department on Monday launched three days of closed-door talks with representatives of international organizations and several dozen countries with the stated aim of promoting religious freedom and tolerance while ensuring that freedom of expression is not harmed in the process. U.S. [...]

Colorado Student Awarded $425,000 in First Amendment Case

Colorado Student Awarded $425,000 in First Amendment Case

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reportedyesterday that former University of Northern Colorado (UNC) student Thomas Mink has reached a settlement with former prosecutor Susan Knox in Mink's lawsuit arising from an illegal search of his home. Settling the lawsuit, which has dragged on for many years since the 2003 [...]

Encouraging Loan Default and Educational Malpractice

Encouraging Loan Default and Educational Malpractice

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org Last week, former Department of Education official Diane Auer Jones called for New York University to "take action to silence" Professor Andrew Ross over comments he made to Occupy Wall Street students at Washington Square Park and elsewhere. Jones, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education's [...]

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