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Four classically liberal professors and an economist named Adam Smith walk into a room. No, this isn't the beginning of a bad joke; it was the first event of the Classical Liberals in the Carolinas conference held last week at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte
Several years ago, the La Voz de Aztlan, a radical left-wing supplement to Fresno State University's student newspaper, published a poem steeped in anti-American sentiment
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Christian student group at North Carolina State University filed a federal lawsuit against school officials Tuesday over its policy requiring a permit for any kind of student speech or communication anywhere on campus
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be turning his attention to a Campus Free Expression Act meant to protect free speech on UNC system campuses, strike down restrictive speech codes, and punish those who attempt to stifle public discourse.
Just how bad colleges have become when it comes to free speech and toleration for anyone who disagrees with those who hold power cannot be underestimated
In a dispute pitting political speech against the authority of public agencies, in January the N.C. Supreme Court ruled that a sheriff could fire a deputy for refusing to make a contribution to the sheriff's re-election campaign.
The Founding Fathers might have been unable to create the foundations of a new American nation had they operated in today's climate of federal government harassment and intrusion into citizen privacy, a constitutional lawyer says
In an October decision, the state's highest court reinstated a ban on registered sex offenders using certain social media websites, finding that the ban as written does not violate the free speech protections in the First Amendment.
Every year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), issues its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report in which we rate the speech codes of more than 400 of the largest and most prestigious colleges and universities in America using a red, yellow, and green light s
However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is an entire movement of political activists right now who would not only disagree with my assertion but would seek to keep me from saying...
In June, the US Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The Court held that, under the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures, "The provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code that requires hotel operators to make their registries...
The Supreme Court will have to clarify the implications of its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling with respect to the First Amendment
When Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board complained a few weeks ago that "many texts in the Western canon [contain] triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities," I thought of China, whose education minister vowed to ban...
Great outrage has erupted from inside the University of North Carolina system due to the closure of three academic centers by the system's Board of Governors. The local media has published story after story by UNC academics excoriating the Governors for everything from a denial of free speech to...
A legal challenge to the General Assembly's new rules on public use and behavior at the legislative complex could reshape public access and speech rights on public property all the way down to local governments.
Technological changes have a way of creating new possibilities, but also new problems. Cell phones have evolved to the point where they can be used to make excellent audio and visual reproductions of events. That can be beneficial, as for example when cell phone video can prove whether a person...
In a free society, the right to express one's political views without governmental restraint or reprisal ought to be sacrosanct. Unfortunately, it isn't. Some politicians and political activists seem to believe that, because of a sense of moral superiority, they have the right not just to express...
There is a UNC professor whose controversial opinion articles have gotten the "campus roiling," to use a phrase from The News & Observer's editorialist Jim Jenkins, so much so that "it's clear" they want him gone.
There is a growing trend on American college campuses, a trend that augurs badly for free speech and robust debate. I refer to the way various groups of people use expressions of hurt feelings to trump speakers they disagree with. The most recent manifestation of this was at Brandeis University.
Public universities in North Carolina recognize a wide diversity of student groups, including those that have religious or other belief-based missions. This recognition enables student organizations to access university facilities and (sometimes) apply for funding.
At Modesto Junior College on September 17, 2013, an ordinary thing happened on what, by all accounts, is an ordinary college campus. A student, Robert Van Tuinen, was told to stop handing out literature on campus in violation of campus rules.
In early April, the American Conservative Union commissioned a National Survey on Privacy and Free Speech. In my view, this survey was not only very instructive but also ahead of the curve, finding solid majorities concerned about growing threats to our freedom and privacy.
Paleo-diet blogger Steve Cooksey is not the only one who's been censored by the North Carolina Board of Nutrition/Dietetics.
A federal judge has thrown out Paleo-diet blogger Steve Cooksey's lawsuit against the North Carolina state agency he claims censored his blog and violated his freedom of speech.
What ever became of the Bill of Rights?? Specifically; Amendment I (Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press: Rights of Assembly and Petition), Amendment II (The Right to Bear Arms), and Amendment X (Powers Retained by the States and the People).
A federal judge said a Charlotte-area man advocating a Paleolithic or "caveman" diet on his blog is "unlikely to succeed" in his claim that the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition has violated his freedom of speech.
In a word, no. And while free speech is essential to forge a nation that ever strives to protect the liberty and justice that was so hard won, free speech, for the individual, does not come without the tethered responsibility of good citizenship.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to give one-on-one dietary advice without a license. The libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice yesterday filed a lawsuit challenging that law.
Generally this series is for the public to speak, and have their concerns relayed to our growing readership. On this occassion, the publisher is having words with his public.

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