Monday, November 26, 2018
#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: NOVEMBER 26, 2018
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.
Officials with the Baraboo School District said the First Amendment right to free-speech protects those high school students who were photographed giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
In a letter that was sent out to parents on Wednesday, The State Journal reports Superintendent Lori Mueller stated that part of the investigation into the photo is complete.
In the letter, Mueller wrote, “Moreover, because of students’ First Amendment rights, the district is not in a position to punish the students for their actions.” According to The State Journal, the letter also noted the intention of the photo is still unclear.
The creation of so-called "free speech zones" designated for protests and demonstrations would be prohibited at Ohio's public college campuses under legislation introduced by Reps. Niraj Antani, of Miamisburg, and Andrew Brenner, of Powell, who say it's aimed at protecting free speech.
Antani argues that the use of "free speech zones" actually restricts speech and unfairly limits students expressing views that are conservative and anti-abortion.
Conservative advocacy groups have challenged the use of such zones, citing First Amendment rights. Similar proposals to block campuses from designating such areas have popped up at legislatures around the nation, including this year in Florida and Kansas.
In a win for their right to free speech, New Jersey's restaurants and clubs can advertise that they let patrons bring their own wine and beer without fear of running afoul of state law, after a federal judge's ruling this week found the law unconstitutional.
An Atlantic City strip club had filed suit against the state, the city and its police department last year and claimed the statute violated its First Amendment right to free speech.
New Jersey's law states that restaurants that don't have liquor licenses can't advertise inside or outside their establishments that they are B.Y.O.B., even if patrons are permitted to bring wine and beer and drink them inside the establishment.