First Amendment
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UK to ease free speech restrictions

Free Speech
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 12/18/12, 09:30 am

The United Kingdom is one step closer to amending a law that prohibits “insulting” speech and has been used to charge preachers speaking against homosexuality.

The House of Lords voted 150-54 last week to remove the word “insulting” from Section 5 of the Public Order Act.  A speaker violates the law if he “uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior … within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.” 

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Texas school bars Bible banners at football games

Free Speech
by Whitney Williams
Posted 9/20/12, 04:15 pm

For three straight weeks, high school football players in a small southeast Texas town took the field by bolting through large red-and-white banners that gave glory to Jesus Christ.

Most people in Kountze viewed the banners as evidence of the students' religious upbringing—Christianity and the Bible always had been fundamental to this town of 2,100.

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Sound & fury

Free Speech | Disrupters of an Israeli ambassador's speech say ruling against them violates free speech
by Jill Nelson
Posted 10/10/11, 02:06 am

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.-After more than two days of deliberation, an Orange County jury announced its verdict in a case that sparked national debate over free speech rights: On Sept. 23, all 10 Muslim students were found guilty of criminal charges for disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California in Irvine (UCI) last year.

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