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Op-Ed: Deadly force shootings-AZ bill would keep police names secret

Phoenix - Rumain Brisbon. Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Kajieme Powell. Ezell Ford. Mike Brown. All young, black, and male. And all shot dead by police under questionable circumstances.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak in U.S. at ACLU conference

Next month, NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden will be back in his home country in Hawaii at a conference sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union. Not back in the flesh, however, but via video link-up.

Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic 'buffer zones'

Washington - The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests near abortion clinics is unconstitutional.

Religious objections do not outweigh public health, says NY judge

New York - A judge in New York City upheld the state’s policy of barring unvaccinated children from public school classrooms if another student is ill with a vaccine-preventable illness.

University president applauds Supreme Court's decision

The U. S. Supreme Court should be applauded for its ruling on May 5, which reinforces the concept of freedom of religion in public meetings, Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper has told the Digital Journal.

Mass. high court rules Pledge of Allegiance not religious

The highest court in Massachusetts has passed down a decision ruling that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools doesn't discriminate against atheists.

Supreme Court to decide if 1st Amendment protects campaign lies

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case next week challenging an Ohio law banning individuals or groups from making false statements about a candidate.

Op-Ed: $ome of the people — Fir$t Amendment ruling destroys US democracy

Washington - The great experiment of America as a free nation is over. Now, free speech is officially dollar-based. The Supreme Court has given American government to the rich on the basis that donations to political parties constitute a form of free speech.

FCC newsroom survey suspended

The Federal Communications Commission has backed down in its attempt at surveying radio and television stations over their newsroom's editorial practices. Called the Critical Information Needs (CIN) study, a pilot test was to have started this spring.

Arizona teen says Confederate flag on his truck led to hate crime

Goodyear - An 11th grader at Millennium High School in Arizona says school officials are violating his rights by banning him from school.

Snowden affair opens up debates on journalist vs blogger rights

The Edward Snowden affair opens up new debates on the rights of a free press. Does the First Amendment declare the media can say or write anything they want to? Can just anyone pass along government secrets claiming press protection?

Op-Ed: Obama, Congress and media naive groundhog logic on surveillance

Sydney - Organised crime, corrupt people and America’s “conspicuously never prosecuted” communities must be celebrating. The groundhog logic is that the groundhogs don’t know what they’re looking at. The shadow has them scared. The facts could kill them.

Op-Ed: Flying a drone over your neighbour’s place - No, it’s not OK

Sydney - The question of whether you can fly a drone over your neighbour’s place is getting a lot of attention online. The legal theory, such as it is, falls somewhere between the First Amendment and privacy laws, and it’s not helping anyone.

Op-Ed: Facing tough media questions on IRS scandal a royal pain

Facing tough media questions on what is another scandal plaguing the Obama Administration, we are once again hearing the same worn out excuse, I know nothing.

In photos ─ Observing the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. Special

Washington - At a time where many feel some freedoms are being eroded in American society, First Amendment rights are still valued. This is evident in Washington, D.C., as at any given time, numerous people can be observed expressing themselves on a variety of issues.

Poll: 1 in 3 Americans want Christianity as official US religion

A newly-released poll has revealed that more than a third of Americans favor declaring Christianity the official state religion of the United States.

South Carolina teacher suspended for American flag lesson

Chapin - A South Carolina high school teacher has been suspended and could face possible termination after trampling the American flag during a lesson about symbols.

Judge says anti-sex trafficking law violates 1st Amendment

Nashville - A Federal judge has ruled a Tennessee law aimed at preventing child sex trafficking violates the First Amendment, issuing a restraining order which prevents the state from enforcing the new law.

Op-Ed: Islamic radicals holding First Amendment hostage

The First Amendment, an instrument of truth and justice. Or has The First Amendment become an instrument for lies and propaganda?

Op-Ed: No First Amendment for Tweets and no justice for online opinions?

Sydney - A young lady passed out at a party, was sexually molested, and her attackers posted a video of the attack online. She didn’t like the “slap on the wrist” for her attackers, and said so on Twitter. She might go to jail for that.

Op-Ed: Ray Kelly's NYPD — Still worthy of the public's trust?

New York - A litany of abuses, civil rights violations, official misconduct as well as allegations of brutality and corruption has left many wondering if the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is still worthy of the public's trust?

American Atheists files suit in Bradford Co. monument case

Starke - The civil rights and First Amendment defenders officially filed a lawsuit against Bradford County, FL for their erection of a Ten Commandments monument in front of their courthouse.

Judge rules 'Like' button not protected under First Amendment

Norfolk - A U.S. judge has recently ruled Facebook's popular 'Like' button is not protected under the First Amendment as a form of expression.

Op-Ed: Pastor Sean Harris, remember his name

Fayetteville - Pastor Sean Harris of North Carolina makes news regarding his remarks advocating abuse by parents of children who exhibit homosexual tendencies. His sermon was in reference to the Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage in N.C.

‘Free speech zones’ or fair trials – the Mark Schmidter story Special

Orlando - Mark Schmidter wanted to be involved in the political process, but wasn’t satisfied with traditional forms of civic participation. So he turned his attention to the courts. For his troubles, the 64-year-old Schmidter received a 151 day prison sentence.

Judge: Teens can post lewd pictures on Facebook

Fort Wayne - A federal court judge has ruled that an Indiana school district has violated the First Amendment rights of two teenage girls who were barred from participating in extracurricular activities after posting lewd pictures online taken at a summer sleepover.

California can't restrict minors from buying violent video games

Washington - The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled California can not restrict the sale or rental of video games that depict graphic violence to children, saying it would be a violation of their First Amendment rights.

Op-Ed: Public 'sins,' media bias and how to gain trust in the news

How do you know when information is accurate and whether the person who wrote it might be your neighbor’s kid who just copied it or the local plumber with a political agenda? Ethics and numbers are issues worrying the public and reducing its trust.

Atheists fight Utah over crosses on burial sites and public roads

The Family Research Council has launched a national effort to support Utah in a case that is called “one of the most important religious liberty cases to be offered to the U.S. Supreme Court"” involving in part, the right to put crosses on grave sites

Op-Ed: Whose fault is it when free speech leads to violence?

Is Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida really guilty of the deaths in Afghanistan caused by rioting over the Koran-burning issue?
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 If I had a trillion dollars....  These are some of the things this group said they d buy.
"If I had a trillion dollars...." These are some of the things this group said they'd buy.
In March 2013 opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage gathered in front of the Supreme Court.
In March 2013 opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage gathered in front of the Supreme Court.
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Posters  such as this one  are a common sight. This particular one was spotted at a Metro Station ne...
Posters, such as this one, are a common sight. This particular one was spotted at a Metro Station near the Capitol building just prior to the 2013 inauguration.
Recently  when on the National Mall  I observed a group of young people gathering. The group was com...
Recently, when on the National Mall, I observed a group of young people gathering. The group was comprised of members from all over the country; they were making a film expressing their concerns over economic issues.
 Patriot Activist  Mark Schmidter standing outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando  Florida.
'Patriot Activist' Mark Schmidter standing outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida.
Mark Schmidter
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A poster located on a street. Unfortunately, I can't recall for sure, but believe it was near the White House.
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A group gathers last summer as an anti-fracking rally is about to begin in front of the U.S. Capitol building.