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Can We Prevent the Death of the First Amendment on U.S....

11 Shevat 5776 – January 21, 2016
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

10 Adar 5775 – February 28, 2015
Free speech is cherished, but hate displays on Sacramento home quite disturbing.

Protecting Religious Freedom

18 Adar 5773 – February 27, 2013
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?

7 Adar 5773 – February 17, 2013
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

26 Shevat 5773 – February 5, 2013
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

27 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
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...

14 Tishri 5773 – September 30, 2012
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...

12 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
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...

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
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

17 Nisan 5772 – April 8, 2012
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…’

6 Tishri 5770 – September 24, 2009
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?

20 Sivan 5763 – June 20, 2003
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

18 Tammuz 5762 – June 28, 2002
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

13 Tevet 5762 – December 28, 2001
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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