First Amendment
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Texas high court revives cheerleader suit over Scripture-themed banners

Free Speech
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/29/16, 03:30 pm

The Texas Supreme Court has handed a half-time victory to a group of high school cheerleaders who sued for the right to put Bible verses on the banners they paint for football games.

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Irish pastor acquitted of anti-Muslim hate speech

Free Speech
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/11/16, 10:35 am

A court in Belfast, Ireland, has acquitted an evangelical preacher accused of hate speech in 2014 for calling Islam “satanic.”

Dismissing the case against pastor James McConnell of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church on Jan. 5, District Judge Liam McNally said courts must be “careful not to criminalize speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive. It is not the task of criminal law to censor offensive utterances.”

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The campus threat to free speech

Free Speech
by Mary Reichard
Posted 11/30/15, 02:15 pm

Before a University of Missouri communications professor summoned “muscle” to help shut down a student reporter at a protest, a Yale University student shouted down a professor, saying, “You should not sleep at night! You are disgusting!”

These are just two notable, recent reminders that restrictions on free speech at places of higher learning are becoming increasingly commonplace.

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