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'Inside the First Amendment'
This weekly column about free expression provides perspective on cutting-edge issues involving freedom of speech, press and religion. It reminds readers of the importance of protecting First Amendment freedoms. It has appeared in 200 newspapers nationwide.

  • "Inside the First Amendment" can be published as weekly feature or spot op-ed piece.
  • It is available at no cost via Gannett News Service, e-mail, fax or this Web site.
  • For delivery, please contact Tam Gordon at 615/727-1321 or
  • "Inside the First Amendment" is written by:

    Ken Paulson
    Freedom Forum senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., and host of the weekly television series, "Speaking Freely." A veteran newspaper editor and lawyer, he writes and speaks on U.S. Supreme Court decisions, emerging legislation, media and journalism, free speech and press, free expression in the arts, and other First Amendment issues.

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    Charles Haynes
    Senior scholar and director of education programs at the First Amendment Center. An educator for more than 20 years, he writes and speaks on religious liberty in public schools, religion and values in American public life, and First Amendment issues in education. He is the author or co-author of six books, including Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools.
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    Commentaries may be reprinted at no charge. Please include byline and credit as the source, and mail a tearsheet to Michael Fetters, the Freedom Forum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209.

    Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman
    Paul McMasters writes and speaks extensively on issues related to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

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    Charles Overby
    Charles L. Overby, Freedom Forum chairman and CEO, writes on First Amendment and other topics.

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    Douglas Lee
    Douglas Lee is a partner in the Dixon, Ill., law firm of Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger & Lee and a legal correspondent for the First Amendment Center.

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    Guest columnists

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