Mary Reichard
The Slants

Seeing eye to eye

Race Issues | Why an Asian American band took its controversial trademark battle to the Supreme Court—and how its frontman saw humanity in others
by Mary Reichard
Posted 7/18/19, 03:31 pm

In 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied an Oregon punk rock band’s request to trademark its name, “The Slants,” on grounds it disparaged Asian Americans. The band, led by California native Simon Tam, appealed: He says its goal was to reclaim the term from racial slurs and “inject it with pride.” In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the trademark denial violated the First Amendment and granted the band’s request. Since then, Tam has written a memoir and started a foundation to help Asian American artists.

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Associated Press/Photo by Kevin Wolf

The cross goes to court

Religious Liberty | A Supreme Court case about a war memorial could have widespread implications for religious symbols
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich & Mary Reichard
Posted 3/05/19, 03:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a case about a giant cross in Maryland that could affect public monuments and displays throughout the United States.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian farmers banned from city market over marriage views

Religious Liberty | Officials in East Lansing, Mich., crafted a new ordinance to keep the Tennes family from selling their local produce
by Mary Reichard
Posted 6/06/17, 08:35 am

Like many business people today, Steve and Bridget Tennes rely on multiple streams of income to pay the bills. They run an orchard called Country Mill Farms in Charlotte, Mich., that doubles as a wedding venue. When the city of East Lansing learned the Tenneses only host heterosexual weddings, it banned them from the town’s farmers market. 

Last Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed suit on behalf of the Tennes family. ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the city found out about the family’s religious beliefs in August. 

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