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    Banned from Handing Out Constitutions on Constitution Day

    On Constitution Day this year, Robert Van Tuinen, an Army veteran and a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California, was trying to pass out copies of the United States Constitution and drum up support for his proposed Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus. School administrators at MJC … More

    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    Don't Film Me, Bro!: Officer Confiscates Cell Phone, Prevents Wife from Videotaping Her Husband's Arrest

    It was her cell phone. She was on her property. And they were handcuffing her husband on the ground. Yet when Heather Donald used her cell phone to videotape the arrest of her husband Thomas, the police took the cell phone from her and later commanded her to delete the … More

    Obamacare Anti-Conscience HHS Mandate Reaches the Supreme Court

    As the House prepares to vote on defunding Obamacare, citizens are challenging the Obama Administration to defend a part of the law that has already gone into effect: the anti-conscience mandate. Earlier today, five members of the Hahn family, who run Conestoga Wood Specialties, took their fight against the coercive … More

    Protecting Religious Liberty in the Marriage Debate

    Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating against citizens and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) was introduced by Representative Raul Labrador (R–ID) … More

    Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate Loses in Another Court: Another Win for Free Exercise

    Yesterday, yet another district court halted the Obama Administration from forcing its anti-conscience mandate to provide coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives on unwilling employers. Many employers—religious, secular, nonprofit, and for-profit—believe it violates the free exercise of their faith to comply with this mandate. This decision brings the scorecard of for-profit … More

    Hard Time for Chalk Crime

    It may or may not be true that, as some seem to believe, not a single cop in the history of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been criminally “charged after shooting someone, even if that person was unarmed and/or innocent.” What is true, is that making this … More

    Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Religious Liberty in New Mexico

    Earlier today, the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even when doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: “The … More

    Obamacare HHS Mandate Headed to Supreme Court?

    On Friday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a temporary halt to the coercive Obamacare mandate that requires employers to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs. The ruling, which rejected claims under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is at odds with a June en banc decision … More

    Do Doctors Have a First Amendment Right to Ask Patients About Guns?

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently heard oral arguments in Wollschlaeger v. Florida, popularly known as the “Docs vs. Glocks” case, which involves an apparent conflict between the First and Second Amendments. Last year, a United States district court enjoined enforcement of Florida statute § … More