Human Rights

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

When one person’s opinions can reach the world in a matter of seconds on the Internet, the ability to speak freely is undergoing tremendous growing pains. These decisions show the Court still recognizes the rights to free speech and belief. The First Amendment remains alive and well for the time being.

 
 

Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

The Supreme Court rules that the President of the United States has broad discretion to impose travel restrictions, so long as they are related to a plausible governmental interest, and that a showing of Presidential animus toward a religious minority is not relevant to the analysis. 

 
 

Who really won the wedding cake case?

Who really won the wedding cake case?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court surprised a lot of us and issued a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that not only avoided making a real decision, but avoided it with great style.

 
 

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Attorneys for a Washington florist who refused to make a flower arrangement a same-sex wedding filed a supplemental brief in the wake of Monday's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision which left the question of balance between free exercise of religion and non-discrimination statutes unanswered. 

 
 

Ten years after CA Prop 8, has same-sex marriage affected churches?

People upset by the passage of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative, protest at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, November 9, 2008. Photo copyright Kelly B. Huston - Photo 
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Ten years ago the state of California found itself embroiled in a debate over the nature of marriage. Listed on the ballot for the Fall elections was Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

 
 

School worksheet promoted anti-Muslim discrimination says state dept of ed

School worksheet promoted anti-Muslim discrimination says state dept of ed

The California Department of Education has found that a worksheet distributed by a public middle school teacher promoted a discriminatory bias against Muslims.

 
 

Moves by both sides make citizen journalism an endangered species

Moves by both sides make citizen journalism an endangered species

Regulation of online speech is marching forward from both the left and the right, and it may only be a matter of time until free expression on the Internet becomes a thing of the past.

 
 

The real definition of religious liberty

The real definition of religious liberty

In the book, 1984, George Orwell paints a bleak portrait of a future where Big Brother is watching everything you do, and the thought police can practically read your mind. In order to gain the support of the population, an ironically named Ministry of Truth twists the meaning of words to make terrible concepts seem acceptable with slogans such as War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; and Ignorance is Strength.

 
 

WA Court finds fired firefighter's religious free speech rights were violated

WA Court finds fired firefighter's religious free speech rights were violated

The Washington Supreme Court ruled last week that a Spokane fire captain met his burden of proving that his free speech rights were restricted in violation of the First Amendment. The court ruled that the burden now shifts to the employer to show that it would have taken the same action even if he had not engaged in the protected religious conduct.

 
 

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

In its third case on the issue of state-required speech this term, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a California case involving whether the state can compel pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to post notices about the existence of publicly-funded abortion and contraceptive services, and requires disclosures if the centers or personnel are unlicensed.