This column expresses the views of Gene Policinski, senior fellow for the First Amendment, Freedom Forum. This spring-now-summer of protest shows no signs of fading away, as demonstrators make their voices heard on issues as disparate as health regulations, gun violence, Confederate statues and institutionalized racism.
This column expresses the views of David L. Hudson Jr., First Amendment Fellow, Freedom Forum. Public school principals, teachers and other employees must realize that controversial social media posts may lead to discipline and ultimately no First Amendment protection for their inflammatory comments. Public employees retain rights as citizens to comment on matters of public […]
This column expresses the views of Lata Nott, Freedom Forum fellow. How do you protest safely during a pandemic? While there’s no way to eliminate the danger, one of the obvious and universally recommended measures to mitigate the risk is to wear a mask.
June 19 marks a turning point in American history. It is Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the end of slavery nationwide.
By Gene Policinski and Benjamin Marcus The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday declared that a federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment does protect LGBTQ workers. But the court also deliberately left “for future cases” to decide how it would rule if an employer argues the law violates their religious beliefs about employing gay or […]
The First Amendment has had a landmark year — and it’s only June. The devout invoke religious freedom while debating whether it is appropriate to ban in-person religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The socially conscious assemble to protest en masse against police brutality and to affirm that Black lives matter. Journalists risk their safety […]
Tens of thousands of Americans in all 50 states are raising anguished voices and marching in the streets to protest 400 years of systemic injustice against black Americans.
A dizzying array of court decisions has been issued regarding various First Amendment challenges to governmental orders limiting public assemblies, including religious gatherings.