First Amendment
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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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Unnecessary prayer?

First Amendment | Freedom From Religion Foundation tells Newport News City Council to nix prayers before meetings
by Alicia Constant
Posted 7/30/11, 04:47 pm

The Freedom From Religion Foundation had a message for Newport News City Council: Stop praying.

FFRF sent a letter July 15 to the council protesting an invocation led by local clergy at the beginning of each meeting, the Daily Press first reported.

"We understand that these prayers often invoke Jesus Christ, ending frequently, 'in Jesus' name,'" FFRF staff attorney Patrick Elliott wrote, saying such prayers are "unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive."

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