While recent media coverage of the Supreme Court’s conclusion of its 2013 term centered on the Hobby Lobby religious freedom decision, the most meaningful First Amendment case has received much less mention. Though underexposed, the rejection of Massachusetts’s restriction on abortion clinic protest in McCullen v. Coakley is perhaps this term’s single greatest contribution to the reaffirmation of freedom in the United States.
Whereas Hobby Lobby upheld the religious freedom of corporations in rejecting enforcement of a single Obamacare provision, the McCullen decision reestablished the right of every natural person to express actual views. Continue Reading
Sometime in the past, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a private comment to his now-ex-girlfriend. He asked that she refrain from bringing Black people to Clippers basketball games. Sterling did not intend to publicly broadcast the comment. Nevertheless, a recording of it appeared on the celebrity gossip website TMZ earlier this week. Now, amid public outrage at Sterling’s thoughtcrime, the NBA has opened an “investigation” of the matter; Continue Reading
Free speech advocate Fred Phelps, the once leader and founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church has died at the age of 84. Phelps, whom the Church allegedly excommunicated last summer, is best remembered for his efforts in spreading his Church’s message that blames homosexuality for the ills of the nation. Notably, his Church is known to picket the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in action, with signs reading “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Though his activities have been universally condemned, Phelps pushed the limits of free speech to express himself, revealing disdain many Americans share for certain speech activity.