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Harvey Silverglate: ‘Ole Miss Seeks to Put First Amendment in a Noose’

Harvey Silverglate: ‘Ole Miss Seeks to Put First Amendment in a Noose’

SUSAN KRUTH, THEFIRE.ORG Last month, three University of Mississippi (UM) students placed a noose and an old Georgia state flag on a statue of James Meredith while shouting racial slurs. (Meredith was the first African-American student to enroll at UM after the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.) UM [...]

War on ‘Free Exercise’ of Religion

War on ‘Free Exercise’ of Religion

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY Americans who believe in God had better wake up and realize that a well-orchestrated campaign is moving to fundamentally transform the United States into a scrupulously secular nation. If this succeeds, we will no longer enjoy our First Amendment right of “free exercise” of religion but will be forbidden to speak or [...]

Obama’s War on the First Amendment

Obama’s War on the First Amendment

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY When Barack Obama said he planned to “fundamentally transform” the United States, he wasn’t referring only to spreading the wealth around or even to conforming our foreign-trade regulations to the dictates of globalist busybodies. He is also working openly and covertly, through administrative regulations and supremacist [...]

Victory for Elementary School Girl’s Religious Liberty

Victory for Elementary School Girl’s Religious Liberty

CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ recently represented a father and his elementary school daughter who was having her religious freedom violated by a public school in Nebraska. It started when she was not allowed to draw a picture of baby Jesus on a Christmas ornament, but was followed by her bible being taken away from her, and finally being told by her [...]

Hobby Lobby Case is About Rights, Not Contraceptives

Hobby Lobby Case is About Rights, Not Contraceptives

Ron Paul RON PAUL, TEXAS STRAIGHT TALK One of the most important cases the US Supreme Court will consider this term is Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging the Obamacare mandate that employer-provided health care plans must cover abortion and contraceptives. Hobby Lobby, a corporation owned and managed by a traditional Christian family, [...]

Where Reason is Left Free – Thomas Jefferson

Where Reason is Left Free – Thomas Jefferson

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, SPEECHES, PAMPLETS, LETTERS, & QUOTES Thomas Jefferson, 1801 Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Source: Thomas Jefferson. March 4, 1801, First Inaugural Address. Founders Corner Library is researched, compiled, and edited (with occasional commentary and [...]

A Letter Concerning Toleration, by John Locke

A Letter Concerning Toleration, by John Locke

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY Speeches, pamphlets, letters, and quotes A Letter Concerning Toleration, by John Locke, 1689 Translation by William Popple Honoured Sir, Since you are pleased to inquire what are my thoughts about the mutual toleration of Christians in their different professions of religion, I must needs answer you freely [...]

Freedom of the Press is now an Entitlement?

Freedom of the Press is now an Entitlement?

By T.F. Stern Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a “shield law for reporters or journalists” from having to divulge their sources. This rush for an immediate fix [...]

American Minute: Justice Thomas Cooley on Religious Freedom

American Minute: Justice Thomas Cooley on Religious Freedom

American Minute with Bill Federer The dean of the University of Michigan Law School was Thomas Cooley, who died SEPTEMBER 12, 1898. Thomas Cooley was Chief Justice of Michigan's Supreme Court, President of the American Bar Association and the first Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission His commentaries were influential in shaping [...]

Ugly And Dangerous Realities Of The Counterculture

Ugly And Dangerous Realities Of The Counterculture

BY CHRISTOPHER G. ADAMO Anyone who still naively clings to the notion that the homosexual lobby believes in a “live and let live” society should take a look at recent events in Gresham Oregon. The picture is not pretty. But it is indicative of the real intentions and methods of the counterculture. The onslaught is unrelenting, with [...]

American Minute – Justice Story on Christianity and the American Founding

American Minute – Justice Story on Christianity and the American Founding

American Minute with Bill Federer His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. Representative, then Massachusetts Speaker of the House. At age 32, he was appointed as the youngest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Joseph Story, and he died SEPTEMBER 10, [...]

Liberty Counsel Offers Defense of Cross on DeLand City Sea

Liberty Counsel Offers Defense of Cross on DeLand City Sea

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, LIBERTY COUNSEL   DeLand, FL—Liberty Counsel stands ready to defend the City of DeLand, Florida, pro bono against an Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) challenge to the city seal. Today, Liberty Counsel sent a letter to city officials, rebutting the erroneous arguments of AU. Unchanged [...]

DOE Pushes Staff to Use Twitter, Facebook During Work

DOE Pushes Staff to Use Twitter, Facebook During Work

CORRUPTION CHRONICLES Federal employees at a major government agency are encouraged to use social media—such as Twitter and Facebook—during work hours and one staffer recently “tweeted” death threats to reporters who exposed an official’s exorbitant salary. This may sound like the sort of juvenile stuff that goes on among [...]

Atheists Attack the Lord’s Prayer

Atheists Attack the Lord’s Prayer

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY It's a longtime tradition in the town of Brentwood, Maryland, to recite the Lord's Prayer at the start of city council meetings. Brentwood Mayor Roger Rudder says that the prayer is a time-honored tradition in this town of only about 3,000 people. He added, "As far as I can remember being in this town, we've always started [...]

Universities: No tolerance for Free Speech

Universities: No tolerance for Free Speech

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY American universities pride themselves on being areas of free speech, where anyone can say anything he wants, no matter how ridiculous or even un-American. Universities defend all the leftwing and radical professors who sound off with socialist and communist notions. But funny thing, a lot of universities simply will not [...]

‘Star-Ledger’ Columnist Shreds Montclair State’s Treatment of Joseph Aziz

‘Star-Ledger’ Columnist Shreds Montclair State’s Treatment of Joseph Aziz

Azhar Majeed, The FIRE.org Last week, we celebrated the vindication of Montclair State University student Joseph Aziz's free speech rights, after he had been suspended for violating an unconstitutional gag order imposed on him by the university for making negative social media comments about another student. This victory for the First Amendment [...]

School Censors God From First Grader’s Poem

School Censors God From First Grader’s Poem

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY A first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, was going to read a poem she wrote at her school's Veterans Day assembly in November. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served in our military during the Vietnam War. In the poem, the girl wrote, "He prayed to God for peace. He prayed to God for strength." One parent [...]

Jefferson and Religious Freedom: How it All Changed

Jefferson and Religious Freedom: How it All Changed

American Minute with Bill Federer "Each year on JANUARY 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 Proclamation. Passed in 1786, it was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and commemorated on his tombstone. Did Jefferson intend [...]

More “Civic Engagement”

More “Civic Engagement”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III My university is now considering a proposal to make “public service” and “civic engagement” part of the tenure consideration process. I have written about the civic engagement crusade on several occasions (see here, here, here, and here). In particular, I have pointed out how making participating in the civic [...]

Montclair State Wrongly Cites Anti-Bullying Law to Justify Student’s Suspension

Montclair State Wrongly Cites Anti-Bullying Law to Justify Student’s Suspension

SAMANTHA HARRIS, THE FIRE The case of Montclair State University student Joseph Aziz—who has been suspended from the university as the result of unflattering social media comments he made regarding a fellow student—began making the news yesterday, with several articles appearing in the New Jersey/New York region and even a spot overnight on [...]

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