I’m not a big fan of the billboards that American Atheists have up in Times Square. I think they’re needlessly aggressive and serve no good purpose. But NY State Sen. Andrew Lanza thinks they’re exactly the kind of thing that led to the Holocaust. I wish I were making this up.
Category Archive: Free Speech
Dec 18 2013
Dec 10 2013
The Worldnetdaily has its typically bizarre headline on this article: Blue state has moxy to mock God. But the article is about the sign put up by the FFRF in Springfield, Illinois. So it has nothing to do with a state. And the sign doesn’t “mock God.” To be fair, while the subject and predicate …
Dec 01 2013
Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka actually spoke to students at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida recently. That’s outrageous, but it’s entirely legal because he was invited by the American Club, an official student group, rather than by the administration (and it wasn’t a school assembly, it was just to that group).
Nov 25 2013
Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor from NYU, has a brief rundown of blasphemy laws in America’s past, including at the time of the founding in many of the colonies. He highlights Massachusetts and Maryland, as I have in my past writings as well.
Nov 19 2013
Michael Brown, a writer for Charisma News, is upset that there are Facebook groups that he finds offensive who are “liking” his posts on Facebook and he wonders why Facebook is not closing down those groups. More bizarrely, he wonders how it could possibly be legal:
Nov 10 2013
A teacher in Florida, apparently completely unaware of the existence of the First Amendment and a Supreme Court ruling that goes back a full seven decades, has been suspended for five days after forcing a child to say the pledge of allegiance and insulting them with jingoism in the process.
Nov 08 2013
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that a constitutional convention in Ireland is recommending that the nation’s blasphemy laws be repealed; the bad news is that they want to replace them with a law prohibiting the “incitement of religious hatred.”
Nov 07 2013
A gay high school student in Birdville, Texas has been suspended for ripping pages out of his own Bible, which he brought with him to class. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Legal Center is getting involved, sending a letter to the school demanding that the suspension be lifted.
Oct 16 2013
For some reason I’m not sure anyone would understand, two students from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Washington decided to show their “Southern pride” by wearing confederate flags to school (apparently around their necks). School officials suspended the students for violating the school’s dress code, which explicitly bans the wearing of such flags.
Oct 07 2013
As if the barbaric laws of many Middle Eastern countries that punish blasphemy weren’t already bad enough, the Arab League is drafting a new law that would allow its members to punish blasphemy even when it takes place outside their borders.
Oct 01 2013
The KKK has received a permit to hold a rally at the site of the battle of Gettysburg, which is now controlled by the National Park Service. The NPS said in a statement, “The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even …
Sep 24 2013
A Danish-Iranian artist named Firoozeh Bazrafkan has been found guilty of violating Denmark’s laws against the expression of racism for writing in the Jyllands-Posten (the same newspaper that published the infamous Muhammad cartoons) about misogyny in Islam. She faces a 5000 kroner fine or five days in prison.
Sep 23 2013
One of the challenges of constitutional law is to apply broad principles like free speech in a constantly evolving technological reality. A federal appeals court has now ruled that clicking the “like” button on Facebook is a protected form of (in this case) political speech: