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Monday, December 11, 2017


Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland


As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week.

“Phillips’ religious beliefs are worthy of respect; they are not, however, a license to engage in discrimination.”

A baker can't discriminate in the name of free speech or religion, The Los Angeles Times

“To earn its green light rating, Emory revised its undergraduate conduct code, as well as policies governing campus bias incidents and the use of information technology resources.”

Emory University gets “green-light” free-speech rating from FIRE, The Washington Post

“Jarlstrom has a bachelor of science degree in engineering and has repeatedly challenged the state's timing of yellow traffic lights as too short. The state board had fined him $500 for ‘unlicensed practice of engineering.’”

State board concedes it violated free speech rights of red-light camera critic, Oregon Live

“The student body president has called for defunding the student newspaper. He should not be advocating punishing speech he does not like.”

Is hate speech protected by the first amendment? How about this?, Newsweek

“For example, when comedian Amy Shanker decided to test Facebook by writing “women are scum” and got her friends to report it, the post actually stayed up.”

Women Land In ‘Facebook Jail’ After Posting Negative Comments About Men, CBS

“Jurors are expected to start deliberating later today in the case of a controversial blogger who says he was fired from a tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University in retaliation for his conspiracy theorist blogging about the Sandy Hook massacre.”

Fired FAU prof's free speech case about Sandy Hook conspiracy theories goes to jury, Sun Sentinal

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