First Amendment
Krieg Barrie

All joking aside

Culture | A culture in the grip of tyranny cannot abide humor
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 4/11/19, 01:19 pm

The joke is the gauge of freedom at its simplest testing point.

The Joke is also the title of a 1967 novel by Czech writer Milan Kundera, about a university student named Ludvig in Soviet Czechoslovakia in 1951 who gets sent to a work camp for a joke he dashed off on a postcard to his super-serious girlfriend. It sounded so familiar that I had to read it.

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Crime, punishment, and liberty

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court stays the execution of a Buddhist inmate on religious freedom grounds
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/02/19, 03:41 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution March 25 to a Buddhist prisoner on Texas’ death row after state officials refused to allow his spiritual adviser to accompany him in the death chamber. The decision could pave the way for more high court rulings in favor of individuals’ religious liberty.

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‘It’s a free country’

Law | Common sense, common grace—in one case
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/14/19, 03:43 pm

One well-publicized case ended this month in a slight win for religious liberty and freedom of speech. The City of Bloomington, Minn., gave up on its case against Ramin Parsa and agreed not to pursue prosecution further—and the resolution offers some lessons for others hit by clampdowns.

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