First Amendment
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New Mexico scientists fight taxpayer-funded evolution celebration

Free Speech
by Dick Peterson
Posted 6/27/14, 09:00 am

Two New Mexico scientists hope next year’s Darwin Days celebration at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science may evolve into a more civilized affair. If their challenge to the state’s use of its publicly funded institution and taxpayer money to denigrate religion and promote atheism can gain traction with state officials, media, and the public, the event could include talks on intelligent design and creation.

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Amending the Constitution to restrict freedom?

Free Speech
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 6/26/14, 04:48 pm

If a proposed constitutional amendment becomes law, groups like the National Right to Life Commission (NRLC) could lose their First Amendment protections when it comes to saying and doing things that might influence elections. If pro-life groups could no longer do things like supply voting scorecards to the public, pro-life leaders fear their organizations would cease to function.

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Pro-lifers win Supreme Court buffer zone case

Free Speech | Justices unanimously strike down a Massachusetts law creating bubbles of ‘protection’ around abortion centers
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/26/14, 12:55 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court spoke plainly and unanimously in striking down a Massachusetts law placing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion centers: The law “violates the First Amendment.” The zone excluded anyone but abortion center employees and clients.

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