Fox’s Todd Starnes Shows Ignorance in Police Car Decal Case

Todd Starnes

Why does Todd Starnes still have a platform? Oh right, because millions of deplorables still eat up his Christian persecution, anti-Muslim, anti-atheist, homophobic, transphobic, “everyone is bad but old fat Christian white guys” rhetoric. On Friday, he published a post on Fox News and his website called, “Sheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals.” The post covered the […]

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Comey Memo: Trump’s Attack on Journalists & Free Press

Trump attacks free press, journalists and journalism in general

One of the lesser reported items from the alleged James Comey memo following his and Donald Trump’s mid-February conversation relates to a discussion about jailing journalists for publishing leaked information. In their original reporting on the memo, the New York Times noted that after asking Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room, Trump both discussed the investigation of […]

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GOP Rep Contacts a Progressive Constituent’s Employer Over Activism

After learning one of his constituents works for a bank he’s received financial support from, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) wrote a letter to punish a progressive activist for speaking out publicly against him. In a letter dated March 21, 2017, Frelinghuysen – who serves as the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee  – contacted Lakeland Bank in New Jersey about Saily Avelenda (who up until […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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Network Ad Refusal: Trump Has No Clue How Free Speech Works

The Trump 2020 campaign ad calling mSM fake news was rejected by several networks - but that does not make it a free speech or First Amendment issue

In a statement released by the Trump 2020 campaign this afternoon, Donald Trump argued that media outlets’ ongoing refusal to accept his “First 100 Days” self-congratulatory ad infringes on his First Amendment free speech rights. In reality, privately-owned media companies are under no legal obligation to accept political advertisements. Moreover, the First Amendment’s free speech provisions apply only to government censorship of speech. […]

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TN Public School Under Fire For Promotion of Religion

Milan High School

Milan High School in Milan, Tennessee faces criticism and possible legal action over allowing Larry Eddings – a math teacher and coach – to promote religion and potentially “teach” a class next term that would involve proselytizing Christianity to public school students. The teacher’s religious activities came to the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently following complaints from […]

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Religious Establishment: He Who Frames the Issue

First Amendment Establishment Clause

As I often tell my students, the most important thing I learned in law school was that “he who frames the issue wins the debate.” In other words, whoever is successful in defining what’s at stake generally prevails. You can see that truism pretty vividly in debates over culture war issues like abortion and LGBTQ rights: if  abortion is the […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Advances

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

In February, two Florida legislators proposed companion bills in the state House and Senate that would significantly weaken the church and state wall within public schools. House Bill 303 and it’s companion bill Senate Bill 436 – known collectively as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” – would prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious […]

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OK GOP Bill Will Allow Ten Commandments on State Property

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

In an attempt to circumvent a state Supreme Court decision stating that having a Ten Commandments monument on state property constitutes a breach of state and federal law surrounding establishment of religion, the Oklahoma GOP just pushed a bill through the Oklahoma legislature designating Ten Commandment monuments as historically significant and deserving of placement on public grounds. House Bill 2177 – proposed by state Representative John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) […]

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Trump Anti-Immigrant VOICE Initiative Has Nazi Roots

Trump proposes VOICE - program with Nazi roots

During his first speech before a joint session of Congress last night, Donald Trump brought up an initiative that has overt ties to Nazi Germany. Called VOICE (Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement), the initiative would publicize crimes committed by immigrants within the borders of the United States. Addressing those gathered, Trump rationalized his new police force explaining, “We are providing a voice to those who have […]

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