What Does Free Speech Mean?

Among other cherished values, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court often has struggled to determine what exactly constitutes protected speech. The following are examples of speech, both direct (words) and symbolic (actions), that the Court has decided are either entitled to First Amendment protections, or not. The First Amendment states, … More What Does Free Speech Mean?

Support for First Amendment Eroding Among College Students

April 9, 2018 by  James Murphy “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” Evelyn Beatrice Hall once wrote. Hall’s pithy, concise quote is considered by many to be the ultimate defense of free speech. It was a truism; something we all, liberal … More Support for First Amendment Eroding Among College Students

The Christian Origins of America’s Constitutional Republic

Feng Wei Photography/Getty Images 31 Mar 2018 by Michael Patrick Leahy As one billion Christians around the world gather on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the foundational event of the Christian faith, it is worth reminding every American about the Christian origins of our constitutional republic. Three key theological concepts from … More The Christian Origins of America’s Constitutional Republic

MAGA hat, #MeToo pin? High court weighs voter clothing law

  Feb 28, 2018 by Jessica Gresko   WASHINGTON (AP) — They were all dressed in basic black robes, but the Supreme Court’s nine justices had a serious discussion about fashion Wednesday as they heard arguments over a Minnesota law that bars voters from wearing political clothing to the polls. Almost every one of the justices … More MAGA hat, #MeToo pin? High court weighs voter clothing law

Thousands Protest Bahar’s Comparison of Christianity to Mental Illness

Feb 20, 2018 by  Steve Byas “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.… That’s called mental illness … hearing voices,” The View’s Joy Behar said late last week. By Monday, according to the Media Research Center (MRC), more than 25,000 people had called ABC to complain about her derogatory remarks … More Thousands Protest Bahar’s Comparison of Christianity to Mental Illness

Democrats Search For Russians — Any Russians — For Collusion

January 12, 2018 jonathanturley Below is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the controversy surrounding demand letters sent out by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — and the scope of the discovery sought by its lead Democratic counsel.  The scope of discovery is always a difficult issue in litigation and lawyers resist efforts to … More Democrats Search For Russians — Any Russians — For Collusion

Federal Judge Re-affirms Tradition of Congressional Prayer

Oct 14, 2017 by  Dave Bohon A federal judge has re-affirmed the constitutionality of prayer in the U.S. Congress, ruling that Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer opening each congressional session, along with the House rules that govern the practice. The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Daniel Barker, president … More Federal Judge Re-affirms Tradition of Congressional Prayer