First Amendment
Krieg Barrie

Costly speech

Free Speech | The consequences of censorship are worse than the risks of free speech
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/27/16, 01:00 am

Here’s a thought experiment. Which of the following statements would have the most powerful effect if spoken out loud?

“Ready, aim, fire!”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. …”

“Your nose looks like a potato.”

“Trump 2016!”

“This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens. …”

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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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