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Some Very Fine People on Both Sides

A protester protected an Israeli-flag wearing protester from the other protesters.

Can We Prevent the Death of the First Amendment on U.S. Campuses? [video]

Amidst efforts to undermine free speech on campuses, a Missouri legislator wants the 1st A to be a required course.

California Homeowner’s Display: Hatred of Israel and US, Waves PA Flag

Free speech is cherished, but hate displays on Sacramento home quite disturbing.

Protecting Religious Freedom

While I was tempted to support grants that might provide some relief to a number of shuls, I was not willing to trade that potential short-term benefit for the likelihood of real long-term harm to religious freedom protections.

Did Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department Violate the First Amendment?

What happened at Brooklyn College demonstrates the wisdom of keeping academic departments from sponsoring non-academic hate fests, such as the BDS event.

After Drawn Out Battle, Chicago Transit Allows Anti-Jihad Ads

The City of Chicago has the indecency to call us 'morally reprehensible,' but it is they are morally reprehensible for attempting to deny us our First Amendment rights.

Three Rabbis Sue City over Metzitzah B’peh

A lawsuit filed Thursday by Jewish organizations and three rabbis argues that a new NY City rule requiring parental consent for metzitzah b'peh, a post-circumcision ritual that involves oral suction in order to stimulate blood flow in the traumatized organ, violates the First Amendment.

MTA Sneaks In Free Speech Restrictions, Bypassing Court Ruling Favoring Anti-Jihad Ad

These new regulations were announced on Thursday, just three days after the American Freedom Defense Initiative ads were put up with court approval.

Egyptian Reporter Defaces Subway ‘Anti-Savage’ Ad, Sprays an Opponent, Gets Arrested (Video)

Eltahawy was arrested Wednesday evening, September 26, in a New York City subway station because she insisted free speech included her right to deface an ad espousing a message with which she disagreed -- Pamela Geller's anti-Jihad ad. She also insisted her free speech right extended to spraying toxic paint on a woman, Pamela Hall, who tried to interfere with Eltahawy's efforts to deface Geller's ad. And then Eltahawy blamed Hall for interfering with her free speech rights and accused the arresting police officers of interfering with her "non-violent" protest, thereby engaging in anti-democratic activity.

NY Court: MTA Violated Pro-Israel Group’s 1st Amendment Rights in Rejecting Ad Campaign

The ad states: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” The MTA refused to run it.

Can You Cry ‘Hitler’ in a Crowded University? Rutgers Investigating

Rutgers University is investigating a student-run satirical newspaper for publishing an article that praises Hitler and attributing it to a Jewish student. The Daily Medium,...

‘Many Are The Thoughts Of Man…’

I couldn't wait to board the speedy Acela train to Washington, DC two weeks ago to hear an old friend of mine, constitutional legal wiz Floyd Abrams, argue before the Supreme Court. I had watched him twice before and was riveted each time. This case, involving the McCain-Feingold Campaign finance reform act, promised to be a landmark in First Amendment law. To watch top-notch lawyers spar swords with some of the best legal minds in the country is quite an experience and I couldn't wait to feel that intellectual thrill once again.

Is Taxpayer Support For Religious Schools Constitutionally Required?

In its last term, the United States Supreme Court narrowly upheld the constitutionality of publicly financed tuition vouchers for parochial school education. In effect the court said that if a public authority decided to include parochial schools in a program of general application, theFirst Amendment's requirement of separation between church and state did not prohibit it.

Unfortunate Kosher Food Decision

As The Jewish Press reported last week, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sitting in Manhattan has thrown out provisions of New York's Agricultural and Markets Law which since 1915 has prohibited the fraudulent selling of food as kosher.

Appeals Court Rules Rabbi Cannot Be Sued For Disclosing “Confidential” Information

As we went to press on Tuesday, we learned that the New York State Court of Appeals has ruled that a rabbi cannot be sued for having disclosed confidential information that a congregant gives him in a counselling session if the rabbi believes that religious law requires the disclosure.

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