First Amendment

Three Commandments for Every State Capitol

Three Commandments for Every State Capitol
The Oklahoma Supreme Court this past week ordered the legislature and the executive branch to remove a six-foot tall Ten Commandments granite monument from the front of the state house. The monument was placed there in January and is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
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In CA Cinco de Mayo T-Shirt Case: Concern Over Violence Trumps Expression Rights

In CA Cinco de Mayo T-Shirt Case: Concern Over Violence Trumps Expression Rights
A judge ruled that the freedom of expression of kids protesting Cinco de Mayo celebrations at a Northern California school by wearing American flag t-shirts was not violated by teachers forcing the teens to turn the shirts inside out. Concerns over violence trumped their first amendment rights, the ruling stated.
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Bill Allowing Religious Student Groups Access to State Money Postponed Indefinitely by CO Lawmakers

Bill Allowing Religious Student Groups Access to State Money Postponed Indefinitely by CO Lawmakers
State lawmakers have narrowly killed a bill that would have freed up state money to religious student groups – even those demonstrating prejudice in picking their leaders. The measure would have prevented universities from enforcing non-discrimination requirements for religious groups seeking state funding and other resources available to student organizations.
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Tax Exemption for Churches Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

Tax Exemption for Churches Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court
Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation won a decision in the United States District Court in Wisconsin in their case that challenged a little-known law established specifically to provide government subsidies to churches. The parsonage exemption was passed at the height of the Red Scare and is estimated to save "ministers of the gospel" billions of dollars in taxes every year.
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Vt Anti-Panhandling Proposal Finds Foe in First Amendment

Vt Anti-Panhandling Proposal Finds Foe in First Amendment
Bennington, Vt's proposed anti-panhandling law may be a possible violation of First Amendment rights — standing in public space and speaking one's mind, even if it's a mind craving help, is the essence of that tenement — but at a town meeting this week, those rights were still in tact. The ensuing showdown between civilian and elected official was one to behold.
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Increased Arrests Lead to Increased Protesters in Wisconsin's Resurgent Uprising

Increased Arrests Lead to Increased Protesters in Wisconsin's Resurgent Uprising
Wisconsin State Capitol Police Chief David Erwin's policing is working just about as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's job creation policies. Essentially, they're having the opposite of the intended effect. More arrests are creating more protesters, just as more austerity measures are creating more disheartening unemployment numbers.
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The Show Me Your Gun State: Missouri Governor Vetoes Gun-Friendly Bill

The Show Me Your Gun State: Missouri Governor Vetoes Gun-Friendly Bill
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Friday that would have made it a crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce federal gun laws in Missouri and could have landed journalists in jail for publishing the names of gun owners in the state.
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David A. Lieb
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Campaign Persists to Cease the Use of 'Illegal Immigrant' in Newspapers

In the 19th Century, the growing demand for newspapers led to the creation of wire services, cooperatives between large city-based newspapers, the most famous of these, the Associated Press (AP) adopted the use of the wireless telegraph in 1899, initiated a wire service for photogra...
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