First Amendment

City demands pastors' sermons in LGBT lawsuit

Free Speech | Houston attorneys want pastoral messages and private correspondence as they fight attempt to get anti-bias ordinance on the ballot
by Andrew Branch
Posted 10/15/14, 01:20 pm

UPDATE (3 p.m. EDT): Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman are distancing themselves from the city’s controversial sermon subpoenas. The duo blamed the “overly broad” document requests on their pro bono attorneys at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., city spokeswoman Janice Evans told me in an email.

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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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