Inside the First Amendment

Religious freedom in the age of Trump

Faith in the American ideal of liberty and equality for all – a faith widely shared by Americans across faiths and ideologies – is the firewall that will ultimately protect our experiment in religious diversity and democratic freedom.
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We have assembled, petitioned, spoken and even prayed: So now vote!

Over nearly two years, the nation has been through an exhausting process of sorting through possible candidates, selecting nominees and now consider the final few — and lest we forget, for offices high and low, local and state and national.
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Threats of murder, injury are not ‘politics’ — nor patriotism

Patriotism does not involve threatening others with injury or death, no matter how dire you believe the results of voting on Nov. 8 will be for you or your fellow citizens.
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Two Ongoing Questions: What’s Fit for the Web? And, What Doesn’t ‘Fit’?

Google, Facebook and their e-contemporaries, as private not government operations, are free to post, block or remove content as they will — on our behalf. Most cite “community standards” as reasons for impeding the free flow of information through their products and services.
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Sometimes, it would seem, artificial intelligence … isn’t

As we hurtle through the innovative and endlessly updated second decade of the 21 century, the prospects seem brighter and better than ever that our new web and social media tools will help us better communicate and more effectively confront serious challenges like terrorism.
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Genocide in Syria: Who lives, who dies, who cares?

The Syrian government targets and kills its own citizens based on their ethnic, religious or political background. According to international observers and reporters, the Bashar Assad regime conducts mass killings, murders civilians using barrel bombs and chemical weapons, destroys hospitals and blocks humanitarian aid.
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Join in the fireworks: The ones you watch or the ones around freedom

The 2016 State of the First Amendment

This year’s State of the First Amendment national survey (SOFA), conducted in partnership with USA TODAY, does more than just sample our attitudes about those five core freedoms – it also may show just how those freedoms can work.
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After Orlando, reclaiming our common humanity

Pulse Orlando

Under the First Amendment every voice has the right to be heard in America – however offensive or disturbing. But a free society that would also be civil requires a critical mass of people willing to answer hatred and intolerance with love and compassion.
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Free speech – not always what we want to hear

We need to hear things that we don’t agree with, if only to be better prepared to argue against such ideas. A free exchange of views is a foundational element of the First Amendment and its metaphorical home ground, the “Marketplace of Ideas.”
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‘I am America’

Muhammad Ali

“I am America,” Muhammad Ali famously declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”
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