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When Does Government Speech Cross a Line?

When Does Government Speech Cross a Line? | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court considers whether putting a Confederate battle flag on a license plate should be different than urging Americans to eat more beef.
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Justices Look for Reasoning Behind Texas Ban on Confederate License Plate

Justices Look for Reasoning Behind Texas Ban on Confederate License Plate | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The question for the Supreme Court Monday was whether the ban violated the First Amendment. Many of the justices were not happy with either possible answer.
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Billboards and the Bill of Rights

Billboards and the Bill of Rights | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is slowly changing the meaning of words in free-speech law—and not for the better.
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In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban

In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
It has been 53 years since the Supreme Court ruled that states could not have a “religious test” for public office, but a belief in God remains a requirement in Maryland and other states.
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Court Strikes Down Drug Tests for Florida Welfare Applicants

A federal appeals court rejected the law as an unreasonable search because it applied to all applicants for benefits regardless of whether there was cause for suspicion.
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Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The decision will allow more than a dozen abortion clinics to reopen in the second most populous state.
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Why the Supreme Court beard case matters

Why the Supreme Court beard case matters | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it

Dawinder S. Sidhu from the University of New Mexico Law School looks at a case about beards in prison that could have broader implications about religious freedom.

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Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion'

Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion' | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, according to The Wa...
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How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom?

How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom? | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A new case will test whether the justices' defense of conscience in Hobby Lobby applies to minority religions like Muslims, or just to Christians.
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Federal court overturns D.C. open carry ban

Federal court overturns D.C. open carry ban | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
On Saturday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the city cannot prohibit individuals from carrying firearms in public.
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The Senate's Pushback on Abortion Restrictions

The Senate's Pushback on Abortion Restrictions | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Democrats have introduced bills to undo the Supreme Court's ruling on religious exemptions for contraception coverage, as well as state laws that single out abortion services, but the legislation isn't expected to succeed.
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The most depressing chart you’ll see all day

The most depressing chart you’ll see all day | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A chart that would make the founding fathers gag.
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Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that closely held corporations cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.
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19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
40 percent of states have a version of the law.
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Fight over Texas License Plate With Confederate Flag Heads to High Court

Fight over Texas License Plate With Confederate Flag Heads to High Court | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Justices set to hear arguments over whether the state’s rejection of the plate violates the free-speech rights of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
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What Is a True Threat on Facebook?

What Is a True Threat on Facebook? | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
To protect free speech, the government should prove that a speaker intended to make a threat before it can put him behind bars.
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Florida: Law Barring Feeding of Homeless Is Blocked

Florida: Law Barring Feeding of Homeless Is Blocked | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Broward Circuit Judge Thomas Lynch has suspended enforcement of a Fort Lauderdale law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue.
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California: Court Bars DNA Collection in Arrests

The First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.
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First Amendment’s Limit: The Supreme Court’s Plaza

First Amendment’s Limit: The Supreme Court’s Plaza | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Rulings have allowed a protest at a soldier’s funeral and struck down buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the plaza outside the court seems to be a different matter.
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R.I. law banning distribution of anonymous negative campaign literature unconstitutional

R.I. law banning distribution of anonymous negative campaign literature unconstitutional | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With Election Day fast approaching, a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional a Rhode Island law banning the distribution of anonymous negative campaign literature.

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Decision Allows Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close

Decision Allows Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The ruling gave Texas permission to require all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building, equipment and staffing standards as hospital-style surgical centers.
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Texas looks to Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates

Texas looks to Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The state had long held off a group wanting to sell the tags until it sued and won last month in a federal appeals court.
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Federal Appeals Court Orders Texas To Issue Confederate Flag License Plates

Federal Appeals Court Orders Texas To Issue Confederate Flag License Plates | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
This is a genuinely difficult case, although for reasons unrelated to whether Texas engaged in viewpoint discrimination by refusing to print license plates that display a symbol used by racist, slaveholding traitors.
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Court ruling: parents don't have the right to send their unvaccinated kids to school

Court ruling: parents don't have the right to send their unvaccinated kids to school | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A judge just ruled that the right to exercise one's religion doesn't trump the health of the community
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Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that family-owned corporations cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.
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