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#FreeSpeech in the News: June 5, 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 - this week.

 

‘‘I know these lines are perceived as pretty fuzzy when we’re dealing with constitutional First Amendment rights… But there’s no long fuse anymore. Everybody’s fuse seems to be quite short.’’

Portland, Ore., mayor calls for free-speech and anti-sharia rallies to be canceled after stabbings, The Boston Globe

 

Let's get one thing out of the way: Hateful, nasty, vitriolic speech, even when it's bigoted or homophobic, is often protected.”

Quiz: Is hate speech free speech?, CNN

 

We’re going to protect free speech, the exact same thing we have been doing at the last seven events we’ve been to.”

Oath Keepers militia will attend Portland ‘free speech’ rally, says leader, The Guardian

 

Trump has yet to act on his most outrageous rhetorical attacks on the media and free speech, but it's likely only a matter of time.”

How Trump’s War on Free Speech Threatens the Republic, Mother Jones

 

“On campuses across the country, the same illiberal attitude toward disagreeable speech is growing, and the broader public must take notice.”

The Campus Speech Police Come to Fresno State, National Review

 

How do they teach the reasoned discussion that is crucial to the health of democracy, while students—and the public at large—contest the very idea, and even see dialogue as “violence”?”

How Trump Has Stoked The Campus Debate on Free Speech and Violence, The New Yorker

 

White nationalists believe their First Amendment rights go further: that they should have the freedom to say whatever they like and not suffer consequences — for example, getting fired from their job for posting something hateful on Facebook.”

Alt-Right, White Nationalist, Free Speech: The Far Right’s Language Explained, NPR

 

"Free speech or die, Portland. You got no safe place. This is America - get out if you don't like free speech."

Suspect in fatal Portland attack yells about ‘free speech’ at hearing, Reuters

 

“It’s a form of intimidation… It’s offensive, too, to see a group of protesters who obviously look Hispanic and call ICE on them.”

A new low in attacks on free speech: Texas Republican calls ICE on pro-immigrant protesters, Salon

 

“Many on the left say the words free speech are now being used as a cover for spreading hate in America. Many on the right say the left has been reacting violently to mere words.”

Fighting Words: A Battle in Berkeley Over Free Speech, TIME

 

“Actually, as was pointed out by legal scholars and free-speech advocates, Mr. Wheeler is wrong about how constitutional protections of free speech have been interpreted by the courts. Speech, no matter how vile or distasteful, is protected in the United States.”

Portland’s mayor is dangerously wrong about free speech, The Washington Post

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