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    Morning Bell: Don't Stop Our Freedom to Debate

    There’s a heated debate going on in this country about marriage—and at times, it’s less than civil. Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow, Ryan Anderson, faced a verbal firing squad on Piers Morgan Live this week, as Morgan and guest host Suze Orman told him that he was one of the … More

    School Choice: Victory in Colorado

    In a huge victory for school choice, the Colorado Court of Appeals last month overturned the injunction placed on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program (CSP). The CSP is Colorado’s only school-choice voucher program. Any student who lives within the Douglas County School District, and has resided there for at … More

    Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

    Religious liberty doesn’t stop at the church doors. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nonpartisan public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religions, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making the case that legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages creates hazards for … More

    Silent Conquest: A Tale of Sharia and Western Self-Censorship

    At yesterday’s debut showing of Silent Conquest: The End of Freedom of Expression in the West at The Heritage Foundation, one of the most shocking moments was a comment by Lars Hedegaard, a Danish historian and chairman of the Danish Free Press Society. Hedegaard was asked: Could the screening of … More

    No Joke: Man Jailed for Laughing in Own Home

    A Long Island man is facing 30 days in jail for laughing in his own home, according to The Huffington Post. Forty-two-year-old Robert Schiavelli, who suffers from a mental disability, was cited twice for “disturbing the peace” due to his loud laughter. What was he laughing at? Allegedly, Schiavelli’s neighbor … More

    Send in the Lawyers: The House Passes the Senate’s Violence Against Women Act

    Yesterday the House gave up any effort to pass its own version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and accepted the Senate bill, which now goes to the President for his signature. In so doing the House decided not to revise the Senate provision expanding Indian tribal court jurisdiction … More

    John Kerry: Nation’s Top Diplomat, Not So Diplomatic

    On his first international trip to Europe and the Middle East, John Kerry has been making headlines with his comments, which only reaffirm that his nomination was a questionable choice by President Obama. In Paris yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced that Iran has a government we have to … More

    Response to Newtown: Addressing a Complex Issue

    Americans of all political and philosophical convictions have grieved over the killing of innocent schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. In responding to this attack, we must consider with great care how to proceed to protect precious lives in a way that is consistent with our laws and traditions. “The … More

    Morning Bell: Defying the Obama Administration on Religious Liberty

    Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty. Thousands of Americans pledged to shop at the retailer over the weekend to show their appreciation for this stand—a stand that could cost the company up to $1.3 … More

    Jail Time for Offensive Facebook Postings?

    How many people would be in jail if annoying or offending a person were against the law? The answer: pretty much everyone. If you think that you might be one of these people and you like to send information electronically, there are a few places you should probably avoid. Vernon … More