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First Amendment BAMF The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (“FIRE”) defends individual rights at American Colleges and Universities from the barrage of attacks on free speech and free expression. Every month, FIRE features an institution of higher learning that should be ashamed of itself for enacting a speech...

[caption id="attachment_14462" align="aligncenter" width="190"] Read this today[/caption] In 1982, the Supreme Court found that students’ First Amendment rights were violated when the Island Trees School District removed Slaughterhouse Five and eight other books from library shelves. This served as the inspiration for a week-long celebration of the freedom to read,...

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the director of the “Innocence of Muslims” movie, which has been blamed for setting off riots and murders in Islamic countries, has (conveniently?) been arrested for violating the terms of his probation. Among the terms of his probation: He was not allowed to se the...

The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority recently came under fire for allowing advertisements on the New York subways that say, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." [caption id="attachment_14442" align="alignright" width="225"] Goebbels would be proud [/caption] The MTA initially refused...

Back in April, I wrote an article "Challenging The Copyrightability Of Porn" (html version - digital mag version) This was to confront a growing chorus of voices questioning whether porn can be copyrighted. You likely don't need to read my article to know where I come down on it. ...

By J. DeVoy The Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot are being charged with "hooliganism" for mocking religion and criticizing Vladimir Putin, Russia's actual, then de facto, then actual again, leader.  The band's alleged crime: entering the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, climbing on the altar and exhorting the Virgin Mary...

Fifty Shades of Grey, currently number one on the New York Times Best Seller list, is a charming story about a college graduate, her billionaire boyfriend, and their sex life. It’s labeled as erotic fiction, but it sounds more like porn for housewives. It was apparently developed from...

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is not particularly known for his friendliness toward the First Amendment, is at it again.  As chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, Lieberman urged Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets last fall, in addition to persuading Internet companies to remove blog posts that promote terrorism. It...