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Defining Religious Liberty And How Far It Should Stretch

Posted on · What exactly does religious liberty mean from a legal standpoint, and how has it been interpreted by courts? To discuss that we are joined by Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at South Texas College of Law, Reverend Laura Mayo of Covenant Church and Mustafaa Carroll of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

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What Are Your Rights When Taking Photos or Video in Public?

Posted on · On Wednesday (Sept. 16, 2015), a panel discussion will be held at San Jacinto College in Pasadena to discuss the public’s right to photograph and record video in public. The forum is sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and comes as citizen videos of police interactions are drawing increased scrutiny to law enforcement. To learn […]

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Are Threatening Rap Lyrics Protected by Free Speech?

Posted on · Historically, courts have held that the First Amendment protects a broad range of expression, even offensive speech. But in recent years, there have been cases where such language – in the form of rap lyrics – has been introduced in criminal proceedings. The Supreme Court will rule soon in one such case – Elonis v. […]

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Freedom of Expression? Using Religious Messages During Public School Games

Posted on · Kountze, Texas is 90 minutes northeast of Houston. The town of just over two thousand people has been at the center of a court case over the last year that pits first Amendment arguments against each other. It all started with the cheerleading squad at Kountze Independent School District. They decided to make and display […]