#FreeSpeech in the News: July 7, 2017

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.


“I believe that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is wrong, and that to participate in a sin is wrong for me. For me to take part in it against my will is compelling me to make a statement that I don’t want to make.”

Using ‘free speech’ as a cover for discrimination, Boston Globe


So, which is it? Is the President an enemy of free speech or merely exercising it in a way that liberals dislike? Personal experience has taught me that the line between these two things is vanishingly thin.”

Stanley: Is Trump an enemy of free speech or merely exercising it in a way that liberals dislike?, CNN


“But that doesn’t mean it’s not a free speech issue. It’s probably the most important free speech issue of our age—the power of social media companies over the speech we are allowed to hear.”

Fighting for Free Speech in the Age of Trump and Twitter, Fortune


“Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express the thought we hate.”

In Theory: Could religious arguments be made for restricting speech some might consider offensive?, Los Angeles Times


"We believe there are important First Amendment concerns with this case, including the government's refusal to let us notify three people of broad requests for their account information in connection with public events."

Facebook fights U.S. gag order that it says chills free speech, Reuters


It was the exercise of free speech. It was also news. While posting such a video on Reddit is not surprising or noteworthy, it took on an entirely new character when Trump reposted it. He has waged an intense war against the news media and CNN in particular. That makes the original poster's identity newsworthy.”

CNN in odd role as censor: Network threatens free speech over Trump wrestling video, USA Today


We should be wary of those who pretend that Trump's tweets and the video are all just for show.”

Trump’s Strain on Free Speech, U.S. News & World Report

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